KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to CarNow Auto Receivables Trust 2018-1

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announces the preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued by CarNow Auto Receivables Trust 2018-1 (CNART 2018-1), a subprime auto asset-backed securities transaction.

CNART 2018-1 contains approximately $141.8 million of receivables as of September 30, 2018. The collateral balance will total $156.9 million after completion of the prefunding period. The prefunding will total approximately $15.0 million and will occur within three months from closing. The transaction has initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 54.50% for the Class A notes to 24.25% for the Class D notes. The target enhancement levels for the Class A notes and Class D notes are 60.25% and 30.00%, respectively.

This transaction represents the first term ABS securitization in 2018 for J.D. Byrider and its finance subsidiary Byrider Finance, LLC, dba CarNow Acceptance Company and J.D. Byriders seventh securitization overall. Byrider Finance, LLC is the sponsor and servicer of the loans supporting the offered securities for this transaction.

J.D. Byrider has been in the Buy Here Pay Here auto finance business for over 25 years with experience buying, reconditioning and selling vehicles and originating and servicing auto loans to lower quality subprime obligors. J.D. Byrider focuses on providing reliable, needs based transportation and financing to its customers. The Company i) performs a rigorous inspection and reconditioning process on each vehicle, ii) offers transparent vehicle pricing with an option to separately purchase 48 month/60,000 mile service contract coverage iii) provides financing that fits the customers personal budget including bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly payment options to match the customers payday cycle and iv) focuses on customer service at each stage of the process. J.D. Byrider has a network of 149 stores, of which 29 are Company-owned and 120 are franchised as of September 30, 2018. The Company-owned stores are located predominantly in the mid-west, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Illinois.

KBRA applied its Global Auto Loan ABS methodology as part of its analysis of the transactions underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and J.D. Byriders historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Company, as well as a review of the transactions legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: CarNow Auto Receivables Trust 2018-1

Class       Preliminary Rating      

Expected Initial Principal Balance

A       AA (sf)       $73,730,000
B       A (sf)       $14,510,000
C       BBB (sf)       $21,960,000
D       BB (sf)       $10,980,000

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