NEW YORK, July 23, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by VCP RRL ABS I, Ltd. ("VCP RRL I"), a securitization backed by a portfolio of recurring revenue and middle market corporate loans.
VCP RRL I is a $439.7 million securitization managed by Vista Credit Partners, L.P. ("VCP" or the "Collateral Manager"), an investment adviser and affiliate of Vista Equity Partners (collectively, with these affiliates and other funds managed by them and their affiliates "Vista"). The securitization consists of $285.8 million Class A fixed-rate notes, $39.5 million Class B fixed-rate notes, $35.2 million Class C fixed-rate notes, and $79.2 million Subordinated Notes, which expect to receive payments from a static portfolio of recurring revenue loans ("RRLs") and middle market loans ("MMLs"). The maximum Advance Rate is 65.0% for the Class A notes, 74.0% for the Class B Notes, and 82.0% for the Class C notes. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels, excess spread, and structural features.
Vista’s recurring revenue lending strategy focuses on first-lien senior secured loans to enterprise software companies with a minimum level of recurring revenue and low loan-to-value ratios. Despite the low level of earnings, the obligors in the portfolio usually have strong liquidity profiles and loan covenants. The overall K-WARF of the portfolio is 3566, which represents a weighted average portfolio assessment between B- and CCC+. The portfolio presented to KBRA contains exposures to 43 obligors with 65.3% of the par exposure to the RRLs. There may be pressure on portfolio credit quality due to macroeconomic conditions. As such, the portfolio’s K-WARF may increase in the near-term which KBRA considered in its analysis.
Vista Credit Partners is an investment adviser established in 2013 as a financing partner for enterprise software businesses. As a subsidiary of Vista Equity Partners (‘VEP’), VEP provides accounting, operational and administrative services to VCP. The collateral manager will also leverage the VEP platform, including its investment professionals and other resources. Founded in 2000, VEP has $77 billion in capital under management as of January 1, 2021, with $4.5 billion in credit.
KBRA’s preliminary ratings on the Class A and B Notes consider the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date, whereas KBRA’s rating on the Class C Notes consider ultimate payment of interest and principal by the applicable stated maturity date.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology and the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology, and the ESG Global Rating Methodology.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
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