NEW YORK, September 20, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary rating to a note class of Driven Brands Funding, LLC, (the "Issuer") a whole business securitization.
Driven Brands, Inc. completed its first whole business securitization in July 2015. The transaction structure is a master trust, and the Series 2021-1, Class A-2 Notes (the "Series 2021-1 Notes") represent the Company’s ninth securitization within the trust. Driven Brands Funding, LLC and Driven Brands Canada Funding Corporation are expected to issue $450 million of Series 2021-1 Notes which will be pari passu with Notes from the prior five Series of Class A-2 Notes (the "Outstanding Notes" and together with the Series 2021-1, Class A 2 Notes, the "Notes"). The Canadian Co-Issuer is a co-issuer for the Outstanding Notes and will be a co-issuer for the Series 2021-1 Notes.
In conjunction with the issuance of the Series 2021-1 Notes, KBRA anticipates affirming the ratings on the Issuer’s outstanding Series 2018-1, Series 2019-1, Series 2019-2, Series 2019-3, Series 2020-1, and Series 2020-2 Notes. The ratings are consistent with the results of our cash flow scenarios following the addition of the Series 2021-1 Notes.
Driven Brands is the largest automotive services company in North America. The Company’s platform fulfills a large range of core consumer and commercial automotive needs, including maintenance; paint, collision and glass; and platform services. As of June 26, 2021 ("Q2 2021"), the portfolio included 3,331 locations, including 529 company-operated locations across 49 US states and all 10 Canadian provinces.
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