KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2021-2 (SEMT 2021-2)
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to fifty-four classes of mortgage transmission certificates of Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2021-2 (SEMT 2021-2), a premier RMBS transaction. SEMT 2021-2 contains 100% non-compliant QM (Safe Harbor) mortgages, and no loan from this pool is actively forborne as of March 8, 2021.
The SEMT 2021-2 mortgage pool is made up of 381 first mortgage loans with an aggregate principal balance of $ 348,479,193 as of the cut-off date. The underlying collateral consists entirely of fixed rate amortizing mortgages. The pool is characterized by substantial borrowing capital in each mortgaged property as evidenced by the original WA LTV of 66.3% and the original WA CLTV of 66.7%. The initial weighted average credit score is 778, which is within the range for prime mortgages.
KBRA’s scoring approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its US RMBS mortgage default and loss model, a review of the results of due diligence of third-party loan files, an analysis modeling the cash flow of the transaction payment structure, reviews of the key transaction parties and an assessment of the legal structure and documentation of the transaction. This analysis is described in more detail in our US RMBS rating methodology.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyzes that take into account the factors that may affect these credit ratings and how they might lead to an upgrade or downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver of change in credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the comprehensive rating report mentioned above.
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