KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Monroe Capital Income Plus ABS Funding, LLC

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of bonds issued by Monroe Capital Income Plus ABS Funding, LLC (MCIP 2022-1), a securitization backed by a portfolio of primarily recurring income and middle market corporate loans.

MCIP 2022-1 is a $425.0 million securitization managed by Monroe Capital BDC Advisors, LLC (“Monroe” or the “Collateral Manager”), a subsidiary of Monroe Capital LLC. The securitization consists of $261.375 million of Class A fixed rate notes, $44.625 million of Class B fixed rate notes, $36.125 million of Class C fixed rate notes and $82.875 million of subordinate note dollars, which expect to receive payments from a portfolio of recurring income. loans (“RRL”) and middle market loans (“MML”).

Collateral in MCIP 2022-1 can contain up to 75% RRL. The RRL strategy focuses on senior senior loans to software and technology companies with a minimum level of recurring revenue and low loan-to-value (LTV) ratios. Despite the low level of income, debtors in the portfolio generally have strong liquidity profiles and covenants. The portfolio presented to the KBRA contains exposures to 64 obligors and has an overall K-WARF of 3567, which equates to a weighted average portfolio rating between B- and CCC+.

Monroe is a subsidiary of Monroe Capital LLC established in 2004, with $12.7 billion in committed and managed capital under management as of December 2021. Monroe currently manages $4.0 billion in middle market and largely syndicated loan CLOs in 13 pending transactions. Since its inception, Monroe has invested nearly $5 billion in its Software, Technology and Recurring Revenue (“STARR”) strategy. The management team has extensive industry experience.

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

KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Global Structured Credit Rating Methodology, the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and the ESG Global Rating Methodology.

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Disclosures

Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyzes that consider factors that may affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key factor in changing the credit rating or rating outlook) can be viewed in the full rating report mentioned above.

A description of all substantially significant sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (including all significant models and sensitivity analyzes of the main relevant rating assumptions, the where applicable) used to determine credit rating are available in the information disclosure form(s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be found here.

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