KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to VERUS Securitization Trust 2022-INV1 (VERUS 2022-INV1)

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NEW YORK, August 16, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of mortgage pass-through certificates from VERUS Securitization Trust 2022-INV1 (VERUS 2022-INV1), a $389.5 million non-prime, investor cash flow RMBS transaction. The underlying collateral consists of 853 rental property mortgages, almost all of which were underwritten using debt service coverage ratios (DSCRs). All the loans were originated for business purpose and are exempt from the Ability-to-Repay (ATR) and TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules.

The VERUS 2022-INV1 pool is composed primarily of 30-year fixed rate mortgages (86.3% of the pool), and the loans exhibit a weighted average (WA) original credit score of 740, a WA original loan-to-value (LTV) of 67.7% and a WA original combined LTV (CLTV) of 67.7%. The WA original DSCR is approximately 1.15x coverage.

KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its U.S. RMBS Mortgage Default and Loss Model, an examination of the results from third-party loan file due diligence, cash flow modeling analysis of the transaction’s payment structure, reviews of key transaction parties and an assessment of the transaction’s legal structure and documentation. This analysis is further described in our U.S. RMBS Rating Methodology. KBRA also utilized its U.S. CMBS Multi-Borrower Rating Methodology, and U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology for analyzing multifamily and mixed-use properties and U.S. Single-Family Rental Securitization Methodology for analyzing certain mixed-use loans that were also collateralized by investor 1-4 properties.

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