KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Prodigy Finance International Student Loan Securitisation

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to Prodigy Finance CM 2021-1 DAC and Prodigy Finance CM2021-1 LLC, (together “Prodigy 2021-1” or the “Issuers”) $303.5 million securitisation of unsecured international student loans originated by Prodigy Finance Limited (“Prodigy”, the “Company” or the “Servicer”). This transaction is Prodigy’s first rated securitization collateralized by international private student loans. Prodigy 2021-1 will issue Class A Notes, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class R Notes (together, the “Notes”).

Prodigy is a student loan lender with headquarters in London, that began lending in 2007 to postgraduate students attending INSEAD, a private school in France. In 2011 Prodigy expanded its offering to students attending other European schools and in 2014 commenced lending to international students attending postgraduate programs in the US.

As of the statical cut-off date, 7 June 2021, the Prodigy 2021-1 collateral pool is comprised of 8,048 US dollar-based loans to 6,037 borrowers with an average loan size of $37,705, an average per borrower exposure of $50,265, a weighted average margin of 6.6% over the floating base rate resulting in a weighted average current interest rate of 6.7% and a weighted average remaining term of 12.9 years. Obligors with Indian citizenship comprise 44.4% of the pool and the next largest concentrations are Brazil at 9.7% and China at 5.3%. Prodigy estimates that 62.2% of the borrowers who are in the repayment stage currently reside in the US. 84.8% of the pool relates to loans taken out to fund postgraduate courses in the US.

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