KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Notes Issued by Tidewater Auto Receivables Trust 2020-A

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued by Tidewater Auto Receivables Trust 2020-A (“TMCAT 2020-A”), an auto loan ABS transaction.

TMCAT 2020-A will issue five classes of notes totaling $190.118 million. The transaction includes a six-month prefunding feature that allows up to $57 million or 29% of the collateral pool to be funded after closing. The ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels of 39.55% for the Class A notes, 30.75% for the Class B notes, 18.90% for the Class C notes, 9.45% for the Class D notes and 3.50% for the Class E notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralization, subordination of junior notes, a cash reserve and excess spread. This transaction is Tidewater’s first securitization in 2020 and its ninth securitization overall.

Tidewater Finance Company is a privately held consumer finance company that was established in 1992 to originate and service retail installment contracts. Tidewater has an experienced, capable management team that has significant experience in all aspect of consumer lending. Senior members of Tidewater have diverse backgrounds, with experience in motor credit originations and underwriting, consumer risk, servicing/collections, dealer relations, marketing, and corporate finance.

KBRA applied its Global Auto Loan ABS methodology and its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and ACA’s historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment on the originator and servicer, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

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Ratings Assigned: Tidewater Auto Receivables Trust 2020-A





Initial Principal Balance



K1+ (sf)





AAA (sf)





AA (sf)





A (sf)





BBB (sf)





BB (sf)



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