KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Arroyo Mortgage Trust 2018-2 (ARRW 2018-2)

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from Western Asset Management Companys second non-prime RMBS securitization, Arroyo Mortgage Trust 2018-2 (ARRW 2018-2).

Arroyo Mortgage Trust 2018-2 (ARRW 2018-2) is a $240.7 million RMBS transaction sponsored by Arroyo Mortgage Acquisition Company II LLC (AMAC II), an affiliate of Western Asset Management Company (WAMCO). The ARRW 2018-2 pool, comprised of 661 mortgages, includes both seasoned performing (pre-implementation of the Ability-to Repay rule) and newly-originated non-prime collateral with a weighted average life (WAL) of 32 months. The loans were primarily underwritten using non-traditional income documentation sources to borrowers with substantial equity. The collateral pool contains both non-qualified mortgages (Non-QM) and loans that are exempt from the ATR rule such as: investor properties and loans originated prior to implementation of the Ability-to Repay rule.

The underlying collateral consists of hybrid adjustable rate mortgages (93.3%) and fully-amortizing fixed-rate loans (6.7%), including interest only loans (1.4%) with seven- or five-year interest only periods. Loans in the pool exhibit substantial borrower equity in each mortgaged property, as evidenced by the weighted average (WA) original combined loan-to-value (CLTV) of 59.5%. The non-zero WA original credit score is 743.

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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