KBRA awards preliminary grades to FREED ABS Trust 2022-4FP

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of bonds issued by FREED ABS Trust 2022-4FP (“FREED 2022-4FP”), a $283.15 million consumer lending asset-backed securities transaction. dollars. Preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 67.85% for Class A Notes, 45.10% for Class B Notes, 34.70% for Class C Notes and 18.30% for Class C Notes. Class D Notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralization, subordination (except Class D Notes), reserve account funded in subsequent periods after closing and excess spread.

This transaction represents ABS’s fourteenth global securitization secured by unsecured consumer loans issued by Freedom Financial Asset Management, LLC (“FFAM” or the “Company”). Freedom Financial Network (“FFN”), the parent company of FFAM, is a San Mateo, CA-based company with operations in Tempe, AZ. FFN was founded in 2002 and provides consumer financial solutions, including installment loans, debt restructuring, home equity lines of credit (“HELOC”) and financial education, through its four subsidiaries (FFAM, Freedom Debt Relief, LLC (“FDR”), Lendage, LLC (“Lendage”) and bills.com) and a fund (“Freedom Consumer Credit Fund” or “FCCF”). Since 2002, two private equity firms, Vulcan Capital and Stone Point Capital, have invested in Pantheon Partners, LLC, the parent company of FFN.

KBRA applied its global ABS rating methodology for consumer loans, as well as its global structured financial counterparty methodology and its global ESG rating methodology as part of its analysis of the underlying collateral pool of the transaction, the proposed capital structure and historical data of FFAM’s static pool. KBRA reviewed its operational review of Freedom, as well as periodic update calls with the company. Operational agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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