NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued by Mercury Financial Credit Card Master Trust, Series 2023-1 (“MFCCMT 2023-1”), a credit card asset-backed securitization issued out of the Mercury Financial Credit Card Master Trust (“Master Trust”).
The notes of MFCCMT 2023-1 are collateralized and repaid by a portfolio of revolving general-purpose credit card accounts in the Master Trust (“Trust Portfolio”) for which the Series 2023-1 Notes are allocated a percentage interest in the Trust Portfolio. The accounts were originated through the Mercury Financial Program and the Legacy Accounts acquired from a Delaware banking corporation. MFCCMT 2023-1 will include a 24-month revolving period where no principal payments will be made on the notes unless an Early Amortization Event occurs. Receivables in the Trust Portfolio are generated by accounts owned by First Bank & Trust. Wilmington Trust, National Association will be the backup servicer.
MFCCMT 2023-1, represents the Company’s eighth securitization issued from the Master Trust. Previous series are MFCCMT Series 2021-1, MFCCMT Series 2022-1, MFCCMT Series 2022-2, MFCCMT Series 2022-3, MFCCMT Series 2021-VFN1, MFCCMT Series 2021-VFN2 and MFCCMT Series 2022-VFN1. The Company has also previously issued four private securitizations issued from discrete trusts that have subsequently been repaid.
KBRA applied its Global Credit Card ABS 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 and the proposed capital structure. KBRA considered its operational review of Mercury Financial as well as periodic update calls with the Company. Operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction will be reviewed prior to closing.
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