KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to GLS Auto Receivables Issuer Trust 2022-2

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to six categories of bonds issued by GLS Auto Receivables Issuer Trust 2022-2 (“GCAR 2022-2”), an ABS auto loan transaction.

GCAR 2022-2 represents the second ABS term securitization for Global Lending Services, LLC (“GLS” or the “Company”) in 2022 and the twentieth overall. GCAR 2022-2 will issue six classes of notes totaling $694.36 million secured by a pool of retail automobile contracts, entered into with subprime debtors and secured by new and used automobiles.

GLS is a subprime auto finance company founded in 2011 and majority owned by Assured Investment Management LLC (“Assured”), an alternative asset manager owned by funds managed by Assured Guaranty Ltd, an insurance company. Assured (formerly BlueMountain Capital Management) has invested $135 million since inception. Based on financial data provided by the company, GLS has been profitable since 2017. As of March 31, 2022, the company reported positive net income of $45.281 million year-to-date, total assets of approximately 4 .7 billion, a total equity of 363.9 dollars. million and a total outstanding portfolio balance of $4.32 billion.

KBRA applied its global ABS rating methodology for auto loans as well as its global structured financial counterparty methodology and its global ESG rating methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, capital structure proposed and historical data from the GLS static pool. KBRA reviewed its review of GLS’s operations, as well as periodic due diligence calls with GLS. Operational agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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