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KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to VERUS 2019-INV3 Trust (VERUS 2019-INV3)

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to eight classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from Verus Securitization Trust 2019-INV3 (VERUS 2019-INV3), a $533.5 million residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction collateralized by investment-purpose mortgages exempt from Ability-to-Repay (ATR) rules.

VERUS 2019-INV3 is the 4th forward-mortgage RMBS 2.0 transaction issued by the Sponsor, Verus Mortgage Capital Asset Pooler, and 15th combined transaction under common control with Invictus Residential Pooler. The $533.5 million transaction is collateralized by investment-purpose mortgages that were predominantly underwritten under Property Focused Investor Loan program, using property LTV and borrower credit scores. When available, debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) was used instead of the borrowers DTI under Property Focused Investor DSCR Loan program. Since all of the loans are considered to be made for business-purpose, they are considered exempt from consumer-purpose regulations such as Ability-to-Repay/QM and TRID.

The underlying VERUS 2019-INV3 collateral are predominantly hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) (72.9%) with initial fixed-rate periods of five years (52.6%) and seven years (19.5%). Loans in the pool exhibit substantial borrower equity, as evidenced by the WA original LTV and CLTV of 66.0%. The pool has a WA original credit score of 727, and a WA loan age of 3 months.

KBRAs rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its Residential Mortgage Default and Loss Model, an examination of the results from third-party loan file due diligence, cash flow modeling, analysis of the transactions payment structure, reviews of key transaction parties and an assessment of the transactions legal structure and documentation. This analysis is further described in our U.S. RMBS Rating Methodology.

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