KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to ABS financing of Golub Capital Partners 2021-2



NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to two categories of notes issued by Golub Capital Partners ABS Funding 2021-2 (GCPAF 2021-2), a securitization backed by a portfolio of recurring income and corporate loans of the middle market.

GCPAF 2021-2 is a $ 450.0 million securitization managed by GC Investment Management LLC (“GCIM” or the “Collateral Manager”), an investment advisor and an affiliate of GC Advisors LLC (collectively, these companies affiliates and other funds managed by them and their “Golub Capital” subsidiaries). The securitization consists of $ 283.5 million in Class A notes, $ 45.0 million in Class B notes and $ 124.5 million in subordinated notes, which are expected to receive payments from ” a portfolio of recurring income loans (“RRL”) and middle market loans (“MML”). The reinvestment period is approximately two years from the closing date. Ratings reflect initial levels of credit enhancement, excess spreads and structural characteristics.

Golub Capital’s recurring income lending strategy focuses on senior secured loans to business-to-business software and healthcare companies with a minimum level of recurring income and low loan-to-value ratios. Despite the low level of earnings, portfolio debtors generally have strong liquidity profiles and credit covenants. The overall K-WARF of the portfolio is 3514, which represents a weighted average valuation of the portfolio between B- and CCC +. The portfolio presented to KBRA contains exposures to 57 debtors with 65.6% of the nominal exposure to RRLs.

GC Investment Management LLC is an investment advisor established in 2010. GCIM is a USVI company which provides investment management, fund accounting, operations and administration services to manage some of Golub Capital’s offshore funds. Through service agreements, the collateral manager will leverage the Golub Capital platform, including its investment professionals and other resources. Founded in 1994, Golub Capital has over $ 40 billion in capital under management as of July 30, 2021, with over $ 30 billion in direct middle market loans and over $ 5 billion in effect loans. largely unionized leverage.

KBRA’s preliminary rating on the Class A and Class B Notes takes into account the on-time payment of interest and the final payment of principal on the applicable stated maturity date.

KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Global structured credit rating methodology, the Global structured finance counterpart methodology, and the Overall ESG rating methodology.

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