KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to OBX 2019-EXP3 Trust (OBX 2019-EXP3)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 41 classes of mortgage notes from OBX 2019-EXP3 Trust (OBX 2019-EXP3).

OBX 2019-EXP3 Trust is a residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) 2.0 transaction that includes a significant concentration of collateral that KBRA considers to be “expanded prime.” The collateral pool contains a majority (56.1%) of non-qualified mortgages (non-QM) and a small remaining population of qualified mortgages (QM). In addition, the pool contains loans secured by investor properties exempt from Ability-to-Repay (ATR) rules. The $465.5 million RMBS transaction is collateralized by a pool of 735 residential mortgages.

KBRA’s 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 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.

For complete details on the analysis, please see our pre-sale report, OBX 2019-EXP3 Trust, which was published on www.kbra.com. A tear sheet summarizing certain items of the transaction can be found here.

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KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. 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, and is a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered with ESMA as a CRA.


Analytical Contacts:

Sharif Mahdavian, Senior Director

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Ashish Sharda, Senior Director

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Jack Kahan, Senior Managing Director

(646) 731-2486


Rebecca Lindenblatt, Analyst

(646) 731-2421


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