KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Freddie Mac’s STACR 2019-DNA4

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 28 classes from Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®) 2019-DNA4 Notes, Freddie Mac STACR Trust 2019-DNA4, a credit risk sharing transaction with a total note offering of $589,000,000. STACR 2019-DNA4 features loans with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios greater than 60%, but less than or equal to 80%. The Offered Notes represent obligations of the STACR 2019-DNA4 Trust in a credit-linked note structure governed by a credit protection agreement between the trust and Freddie Mac, with payments subject to the credit and principal payment risks of the STACR 2019-DNA4 Reference Pool.

The STACR 2019-DNA4 Reference Pool consists of 88,579 residential mortgage loans with an aggregate cut-off balance of approximately $20.5 billion. The loans in the Reference Pool (Reference Obligations) are fully-documented, fully-amortizing fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) of prime quality. As mentioned, the pool is characterized by loans with LTV ratios that are greater than 60% and less than or equal to 80%, with a weighted average (WA) LTV of 76.0%. Approximately 2.2% of the loans possessed subordinate financing at origination, contributing to the pool’s WA combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratio of 76.3%. The borrowers in the STACR 2019-DNA4 Reference Pool have a non-zero WA (NZWA) original credit score of 748 and a NZWA debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 36.2%.

KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the reference pool through its Residential Mortgage Default and Loss Model, an examination of the results from loan file reviews performed by an independent third-party firm, 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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