KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2018-2

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes (the Notes) issued by TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2018-2 (TFINS 2018-2).

TFINS 2018-2 is a static cash flow CDO and will not allow for any reinvestments. The preliminary ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels, coverage tests including overcollateralization and interest rate tests for all Notes, excess spread, and a turbo payment that will amortize the Class A-1 Notes beginning in the eighth year using 60% of the proceeds remaining in the interest waterfall prior to making a distribution to the Preferred Shares.

The collateral in TFINS 2018-2 will mainly consist of trust preferred securities (TruPS) issued by community and regional banks and their holding companies along with TruPS, surplus notes, and a senior unsecured note issued by insurance companies and their holding companies. The obligors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 366, which represents a weighted average portfolio assessment of approximately BBB-. The total portfolio par amount is $351.0 million with exposures to 45 banks and 17 insurance companies. KBRA has public ratings on eight of the banks. The portfolio is expected to be fully ramped at closing.

EJF CDO Manager LLC, an affiliate of EJF Capital LLC (EJF Capital), is the collateral manager. EJF Capital is headquartered in Arlington, VA and is a SEC registered investment advisor. Founded in 2005 by Manny Friedman and Neal Wilson, it has more than $6.9 billion of assets across a diverse group of alternative asset strategies for managed funds and separately managed accounts and $2.8 billion of assets as a collateral manager for existing securitizations. EJF Capital focuses on investment opportunities in financial institutions, which includes banks, insurance companies, REITs and specialty finance companies. The firm has 75 employees with an investment team of 30 professionals. This will be the seventh securitization of bank and/or insurance securities since 2015 for EJF Capital.

ClassInitial Amount ($)Par SubordinationO/CO/C TriggerO/C CushionI/C Trigger
Class A-1210,500,00040.0%166.8%159.3%7.5%120.0%
Class A-258,000,00023.5%130.7%124.7%6.0%117.5%
Class B29,800,00015.0%117.7%112.7%5.0%115.0%
Preferred Shares50,700,000
TypeObligor CountCollateral Par ($)% by NotionalWAS*WAL

*There is one insurance related asset that pays interest at a fixed rate and is excluded from the WAS calculation

KBRA analyzed the transaction using Global Structured Credit Rating Methodology published on August 7, 2018 and incorporated the Global Insurer & Insurance Holding Company Rating Methodology and Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology for analyzing the underlying collateral obligations.

The preliminary ratings are based on information known to KBRA at the time of this publication. Information received subsequent to this release could result in the assignment of final ratings that differ from the preliminary ratings.

ClassPreliminary RatingInitial Principal Amount ($)
Class A-1AA+ (sf)210,500,000
Class A-2A- (sf)58,000,000
Class BBB (sf)29,800,000

To access the ratings, pre-sale report and disclosures, click here.

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