KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to FortiFi 2021-1, Series 2021-1

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes for FortiFi 2021-1, Series 2021-1 ("FortiFi 2021-1"). The notes are newly issued asset-backed securities backed by a portfolio of Property Assessed Clean Energy ("PACE") Bonds.

The Class A Notes, Class B Notes, and Class C Notes (together, the "Notes") are secured by a portfolio of PACE bonds acquired by FortiFi 2021-1 (the "Issuer") at closing (the "Initial PACE Bonds") and during the Prefunding Period (the "Subsequent PACE Bonds" and together with the Initial PACE Bonds, the "PACE Bond Portfolio"). The Initial PACE Bonds are secured by 3,649 PACE assessments levied against 3,628 residential properties and 21 commercial properties ("PACE Assessments") in 39 California counties and 27 Florida counties. The average PACE Assessment is approximately $29,205 with an average annual payment of approximately $2,621. The transaction benefits from credit enhancement in the form of excess spread, a liquidity reserve account, and in the case of the Class A Notes, subordination.

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.

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