KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2021-1 (SEMT 2021-1)

NEW YORK–() – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to fifty-four mortgage transfer certificate classes of Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2021-1 (SEMT 2021-1), a blue chip RMBS transaction. SEMT 2021-1 contains 100% non-QM (Safe Harbor) non-compliant mortgages, and no loans from this pool are in active forbearance as of February 8, 2021.

The SEMT 2021-1 mortgage pool consists of 613 first mortgage loans with a total principal balance of $ 527,399,804 as of the deadline. The underlying collateral consists entirely of fully amortizing fixed rate mortgages. The pool is characterized by substantial borrower’s equity in each mortgaged property as evidenced by the initial WA LTV of 67.9% and the initial WA CLTV of 68.1%. The initial weighted average credit score is 779, which is within the range for prime mortgages.

KBRA’s scoring approach incorporated a 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, a modeling analysis 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.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyzes that examine 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 factor in changing the credit rating or rating outlook) can be viewed in the full rating report mentioned above.

A description of all substantially significant sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information about the method (s) (including significant models and sensitivity analyzes of relevant key rating assumptions, if any) used to determine the credit rating is available in the information disclosure form (s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further information relating to this rating measure is available in the information disclosure form (s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures can be found at www.kbra.com.

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a credit rating agency with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a credit rating agency with the UK Financial Conduct Authority under the temporary registration regime. In addition, KBRA is appointed as the designated rating agency by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a simplified prospectus or a shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a credit rating provider.

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