KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to OBX 2022-NQM7 Trust (OBX 2022-NQM7)

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NEW YORK, August 12, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of mortgage pass-through notes from OBX 2022-NQM7 Trust (OBX 2022-NQM7), a $358.9 million non-prime RMBS transaction. The underlying collateral, comprising 681 residential mortgages, is characterized by a notable concentration of alternative income documentation (83.5%). Most loans are either classified as non-qualified mortgages (Non-QM) (57.5%) or exempt from the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) rule due to being originated by a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) (4.3%) or for non-consumer loan purposes (37.2%). The CDFI originated loans comply with ATR standards, as confirmed by a third-party review firm, and have at a minimum 12 months of bank statements or tax returns documenting borrower income.

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

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.

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