NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to two classes of notes issued by Upstart Securitization Trust 2023-3 (“UPST 2023-3”), a $194.74 million consumer loan ABS. UPST 2023-3 will have an expected collateral balance of approximately $263.159 million and the preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 45.50% for the Class A notes and 26.50%% for the Class B notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralization, excess spread, a non-declining cash reserve account and subordination (in the case of the Class A).
UPST 2023-3 represents the 43rd ABS securitization collateralized by unsecured consumer loans originated through the online platform operated by Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart” or the “Company”) and the 22nd from the Upstart Securitization Trust (“UPST”) ABS program. Similar to UPST 2023-2, the UPST 2023-3 securitization is sponsored solely by Upstart. Previously, UPST securitizations were co-sponsored by Goldman Sachs and were separate from other securitization vehicles containing collateral originated through Upstart including “UPSPT”, sponsored by Jefferies, LLC and “USPTT”, sponsored by an affiliate of Credit Suisse Finance LLC.
Upstart was established in February 2012 and operates an online platform (www.upstart.com) and a white label technology licensing service (collectively, the “Upstart Platform” or the “Platform”) that allows lending partners to leverage Upstart’s online application flow, machine learning credit model, verification process and other technology to originate loans according to its own underwriting standards.
KBRA applied its Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology, as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the portfolio pool data, underlying collateral pool and capital structure. KBRA considered its operational reviews of Upstart, as well as periodic update calls with the Company. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.
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