Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued by Marlette Funding Trust 2020-1 (MFT 2020-1). This is a $257.052 million consumer loan ABS transaction.
This transaction is the 13th securitization sponsored by Marlette. The first multi-seller securitization issued from Marlette Funding Trust (MFT) was in August 2016. Under the multi-seller securitization program, Marlette is the Sponsor and the collateral is contributed from Marlette and whole loan buyers of loans originated through the Platform. All prior MFT securitizations were rated by KBRA.
Founded in 2013 in Wilmington, DE, Marlette operates an online marketplace lending platform, operating under the Best Egg brand (www.mybestegg.com) (the Marlette Best Egg Platform or the Platform).
The loans in the collateral pool are originated by Cross River Bank. Borrowers in MFT 2020-1 have a weighted average interest rate and weighted average FICO score of 13.47% and 720, respectively. The collateral pool has a weighted average original term of 46 months, which reflects a weighted average seasoning of 3 months.
The transaction has initial credit enhancement levels of 45.25% for the Class A Notes, 27.25% for the Class B Notes, 21.05% for the Class C Notes and 11.10% for the Class D Notes. Credit enhancement consists of excess spread, overcollateralization, subordination (in the case of the Class A, Class B and Class C Notes) and a reserve account funded at closing.
KBRA applied its Global Consumer Loan ABS Rating Methodology published on November 28, 2017 and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology published on August 8, 2018 as part of its analysis of the transactions underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and the Marlette Platforms historical gross loss data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Marlette Platform, 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: Marlette Funding Trust 2020-1
Maximum Initial Principal Amount
 This Class of Notes is a Class of Exchange Notes. Either Exchange Notes or Exchangeable Notes or a combination thereof may be issued and may be exchanged for the corresponding Exchangeable Notes or Exchange Notes, respectively, and vice versa. Each class of Exchangeable Notes will be entitled to a portion of the interest and principal payments of the related Exchange Notes and any shortfalls will be borne proportionately by the related class of Exchangeable Notes.  The amount listed for the Exchange Notes and Exchangeable Notes represents the maximum initial principal amount.  This Class of Notes is a Class of Exchangeable Notes. Either Exchange Notes or Exchangeable Notes or a combination thereof may be issued and may be exchanged for the corresponding Exchangeable Notes or Exchange Notes, respectively, and vice versa.
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