KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Verus Securitization Trust 2020-1 (Verus 2020-1)

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to eight classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from Verus Securitization Trust 2020-1 (Verus 2020-1), a $699.2 million residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction backed by a pool of 1,376 non-prime mortgages.

Verus 2020-1 is the 16th rated securitization in the forward-mortgage RMBS 2.0 space sponsored by Verus Mortgage Capital (VMC or Verus), an affiliate of Invictus Capital Partners, LP (Invictus) who aggregates and securitizes loans under the Verus shelf All of the loans in this transaction are part of the Sponsors Mortgagor Focused programs. The loans are non-agency, consumer-purpose loans which were underwritten primarily in accordance with the Prime Ascent and Credit Ascent loan programs that range from Documentation Types such as Standard (Full Doc) to WVOE. Such collateral can typically be categorized by certain loan and/or borrower characteristics, which will generally inhibit the extension of credit to these borrowers by the GSEs or traditional non-agency mortgage programs.

The pool has a WA loan age (WALA) of approximately three months, and it includes both fixed rate mortgages (FRMs, 40.7%) and hybrid adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs, 59.3%). Most of the FRMs possess 30-year terms (37.0%), while the pools ARM loans include initial fixed rate periods of five (30.7%), seven (28.0%) or ten (0.7%) years. Approximately 19.7% of the mortgages have an interest-only period, most of which last for the first ten years of the loan term. Loans in the pool exhibit substantial borrower equity, as evidenced by the WA original LTV, original CLTV of 71.1% and 71.2% respectively. The pool has a WA original credit score of 706.

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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