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Aqua Finance Trust 2020-A -- Moody's assigns definitive ratings to Aqua Finance Trust 2020-A

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Rating Action: Moody's assigns definitive ratings to Aqua Finance Trust 2020-A

Global Credit Research - 26 Aug 2020

Approximately $431 million of asset-backed securities rated

New York, August 26, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned definitive ratings to the notes issued by Aqua Finance Trust 2020-A (AQFIT 2020-A). The collateral backing AQFIT 2020-A consists of primarily home improvement installment loans and a small amount of installment loans backed by marine or recreational vehicles (marine/RVs) originated by approved dealers in Aqua Finance, Inc. (Aqua)'s network. Aqua also acts as the servicer of the loans.

The complete rating actions are as follows:

Issuer: Aqua Finance Trust 2020-A

$316,230,000, 1.90%, Class A Asset Backed Notes, Definitive Rating Assigned A2 (sf)

$32,430,000, 2.79%, Class B Asset Backed Notes, Definitive Rating Assigned A3 (sf)

$45,720,000, 3.97%, Class C Asset Backed Notes, Definitive Rating Assigned Baa2 (sf)

$36,490,000, 7.15%, Class D Asset Backed Notes, Definitive Rating Assigned Ba2 (sf)

RATINGS RATIONALE

The ratings are based on the quality of the underlying collateral and its expected performance, the capital structure, and the experience and expertise of Aqua Finance, Inc. as servicer and the back-up servicing arrangement with Vervent, Inc (previously known as First Associates and Portfolio Financial Servicing Company), an experienced servicer.

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the government measures put in place to contain it and the deteriorating global economic outlook, have created a severe and extensive credit shock across sectors, regions and markets. Our analysis has considered the effect on the performance of consumer assets from the collapse in US economic activity in the second quarter and a gradual recovery in the second half of the year. Specifically, for US personal loan ABS, performance will weaken due to the unprecedented spike in the unemployment rate, which may limit borrowers' income and their ability to service debt. Furthermore, borrower assistance programs to affected borrowers, such as payment deferrals, may adversely impact scheduled cash flows to bondholders.

However, that outcome depends on whether governments can reopen their economies while also safeguarding public health and avoiding a further surge in infections. As a result, the degree of uncertainty around our forecasts is unusually high. We regard the COVID-19 outbreak as a social risk under our ESG framework, given the substantial implications for public health and safety.

Moody's median cumulative gross and net loss expectation for the 2020-A pool are 20.0% and 16.0%, respectively. Moody's based its cumulative gross and net loss expectations on an analysis of the credit quality of the underlying collateral; the historical performance of similar collateral, including securitization performance and managed portfolio performance; the ability of Aqua to perform the servicing functions and Vervent, Inc. to perform the backup servicing functions; and current expectations for the macroeconomic environment during the life of the transaction.

At closing, the Class A notes, Class B notes, Class C notes and Class D notes will benefit from 30.30%, 23.10%, 12.95% and 4.85% of hard credit enhancement, respectively. Hard credit enhancement for the notes consists of a combination of overcollateralization, a non-declining reserve account and subordination. The notes may also benefit from excess spread.

PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGY

The principal methodology used in these ratings was "Moody's Approach to Rating Consumer Loan-Backed ABS" published in July 2020 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBS_1230138. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Factors that would lead to an upgrade or downgrade of the ratings:

Up

Moody's could upgrade the notes if, given current expectations of portfolio losses, levels of credit enhancement are consistent with higher ratings. In partial sequential pay structures, such as the one in this transaction, credit enhancement grows as a percentage of the collateral balance as collections pay down senior notes, until certain enhancement levels are reached. Moody's expectation of pool losses could decline as a result of better than expected improvements in the economy, changes to servicing practices that enhance collections or refinancing opportunities that result in prepayments.

Down

Moody's could downgrade the ratings of the notes if pool losses exceed its expectations and levels of credit enhancement are consistent with lower ratings. Credit enhancement could decline if excess spread is not sufficient to cover losses in a given month. Moody's expectation of pool losses may increase, for example, due to performance deterioration stemming from a downturn in the US economy, deficient servicing, errors on the part of transaction parties, inadequate transaction governance or fraud.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

For further specification of Moody's key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. Moody's Rating Symbols and Definitions can be found at: https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_79004.

Further information on the representations and warranties and enforcement mechanisms available to investors are available on http://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBS_1242384.

The analysis includes an assessment of collateral characteristics and performance to determine the expected collateral loss or a range of expected collateral losses or cash flows to the rated instruments. As a second step, Moody's estimates expected collateral losses or cash flows using a quantitative tool that takes into account credit enhancement, loss allocation and other structural features, to derive the expected loss for each rated instrument.

Moody's quantitative analysis entails an evaluation of scenarios that stress factors contributing to sensitivity of ratings and take into account the likelihood of severe collateral losses or impaired cash flows. Moody's weights the impact on the rated instruments based on its assumptions of the likelihood of the events in such scenarios occurring.

For ratings issued on a program, series, category/class of debt or security this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series, category/class of debt, security or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the credit rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular credit rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

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Moody's general principles for assessing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in our credit analysis can be found at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1133569.

At least one ESG consideration was material to the credit rating action(s) announced and described above.

The Global Scale Credit Rating on this Credit Rating Announcement was issued by one of Moody's affiliates outside the EU and is endorsed by Moody's Deutschland GmbH, An der Welle 5, Frankfurt am Main 60322, Germany, in accordance with Art.4 paragraph 3 of the Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on Credit Rating Agencies. Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody's office that issued the credit rating is available on www.moodys.com.

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