NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of notes issued by Tricolor Auto Securitization Trust 2023-1 (“TAST 2023-1”), a subprime auto loan ABS transaction.
TAST 2023-1 will issue six classes of notes totaling $223.97 million. TAST 2023-1 represents Tricolor Auto Acceptance, LLC’s (“Tricolor” or the “Company”) second ABS aligned with the 2021 Social Bond Principles administered by the International Capital Market Association (“ICMA”), as the Issuer intends to utilize the proceeds of the issuance for an eligible social project that provides or promotes access to essential services and/or socioeconomic advancement and empowerment.
This transaction represents the first rated ABS securitization in 2023 for the Company. Previously, the Company issued rated ABS securitizations in May 2022, July 2021 and November 2018 as well as five unrated securitizations from 2013-2020. Founded in 2007, Tricolor is an auto lender and “buy here-pay here” auto finance company that focuses on the underserved Hispanic market. Tricolor serves consumers who are typically unable to obtain financing from traditional lending sources such as credit unions, banks, and captive auto finance companies. As of December 31, 2022, Tricolor operated a total of 52 dealerships with 33 located in Texas, 16 in California, two in Arizona, one in New Mexico and one in Nevada. The dealerships in Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona operate as Tricolor and the dealerships in California operate as Ganas Auto Group, which is an affiliated brand of Tricolor. Nine of the dealerships operate under the sub-brand, Ganas Ya!.
KBRA applied its Auto 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 transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and Tricolor’s historical static pool data. KBRA considered its operational review of Tricolor, which was conducted in September 2018, as well as periodic update calls with the Company. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.
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