KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to FREED ABS Trust 2022-1FP

NEW YORK, January 12, 2022– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – KBRA Provides Preliminary Ratings to Four Classes of Notes Issued by FREED ABS Trust 2022-1FP (“FREED 2022-1FP”), $ 232.89 Million Consumer Loan Asset Backed Securities Transaction . The preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 58.75% for Class A Notes, 37.75% for Class B Notes, 28.25% for Class C Notes and 15.00% for Class D notes. The credit enhancement consists of overcollateralisation, subordination (except for class D notes), a reserve account funded during post-closing periods and ‘excess margin.

This transaction represents the eleventh global securitization of ABS 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, California-based company that operates in Tempe, Arizona. FFN was founded in 2002 and provides financial solutions to consumers, 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 consumer credit ABS rating methodology, as well as its global structured finance counterparty methodology and its global ESG rating methodology as part of its analysis of the collateral pool underlying the transaction. , the proposed capital structure and historical data from the FFAM static pool. KBRA reviewed its operational review of Freedom, which was conducted in August 2019, as well as periodic update calls with the Company. Operational agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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