Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Finalizes Provisional Ratings on Regional Management Issuance Trust 2020-1

Consumer Loans & Credit Cards
September 24, 2020

DBRS, Inc. (DBRS Morningstar) finalized its provisional ratings on the following notes issued by Regional Management Issuance Trust 2020-1 (the Issuer):

-- $134,060,000 Class A at AA (sf)
-- $18,090,000 Class B at A (low) (sf)
-- $16,130,000 Class C at BBB (low) (sf)
-- $11,720,000 Class D at BB (sf)

The ratings are based on DBRS Morningstar’s review of the following analytical considerations:

-- DBRS Morningstar's projected losses include the assessment of the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While considerable uncertainty remains with respect to the intensity and duration of the shock, the DBRS Morningstar-projected cumulative net loss (CNL) includes an assessment of the expected impact on consumer behavior. The DBRS Morningstar CNL assumption is 11.00%.
-- The transaction assumptions consider DBRS Morningstar’s set of macroeconomic scenarios for select economies related to the coronavirus, available in its commentary “Global Macroeconomic Scenarios: September Update,” published on September 10, 2020. DBRS Morningstar initially published macroeconomic scenarios on April 16, 2020, and they have been regularly updated. The scenarios were last updated on September 10, 2020, and are reflected in DBRS Morningstar’s rating analysis.
--The assumptions consider the moderate macroeconomic scenario outlined in the commentary, with the moderate scenario serving as the primary anchor for current ratings. The moderate scenario remains predicated on a more rapid return of confidence and a steady recovery heading into 2021.
-- Transaction capital structure, proposed ratings, and form and sufficiency of available credit enhancement.
-- The ability of the transaction to withstand stressed cash flow assumptions and repay investors according to the terms under which they have invested. For this transaction, the ratings address the timely payment of interest on a monthly basis and principal by the legal final maturity date.
-- Regional Management Corp.’s (Regional’s) capabilities with regard to originations, underwriting, and servicing.
-- DBRS Morningstar has performed an operational review of Regional and considers the entity to be an acceptable originator and servicer of unsecured personal loans with an acceptable backup servicer.
-- Regional’s senior management team has considerable experience and a successful track record within the consumer loan industry.
-- Regional has remained consistently profitable since 2007.
-- In February 2018, Regional completed a system migration to the Nortridge Loan Management System, allowing for the implementation of centralized underwriting for all branches, which led to the ability to implement a hybrid servicing model.
-- The credit quality of the collateral and performance of Regional’s consumer loan portfolio. DBRS Morningstar used a hybrid approach in analyzing Regional’s portfolio that incorporates elements of static pool analysis, employed for assets such as consumer loans, and revolving asset analysis, employed for assets such as credit card master trusts.
-- The legal structure and presence of legal opinions that address the true sale of the assets to the Issuer, the nonconsolidation of the special-purpose vehicle with Regional, that the trust has a valid first-priority security interest in the assets, and the consistency with the DBRS Morningstar “Legal Criteria for U.S. Structured Finance.”
-- Credit enhancement in the transaction consists of overcollateralization (OC), subordination, a reserve account, and excess spread. The initial amount of OC is approximately 4.00% of the Initial Loan Pool. The subordination in the transaction refers to Class B, Class C, and Class D, which are subordinated to Class A. The reserve account is 1.00% of the Initial Loan Pool and is funded at inception and nondeclining. Initial Class A credit enhancement of 29.50% includes a reserve account of 1.00%, OC of 4.00%, and subordination of 24.50%. Initial Class B credit enhancement of 19.85% includes a reserve account of 1.00%, OC of 4.00%, and subordination of 14.85%. Initial Class C credit enhancement of 11.25% includes a reserve account of 1.00%, OC of 4.00%, and subordination of 6.25%. Initial Class D credit enhancement of 5.00% includes a reserve account of 1.00% and OC of 4.00%.

A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework and its methodologies can be found at

All figures are in in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

The principal methodology is Rating U.S. Structured Finance Transactions – Appendix I: U.S. Consumer Loan ABS Transactions (November 6, 2019), which can be found on under Methodologies & Criteria.

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The rated entity or its related entities did participate in the rating process for this rating action. DBRS Morningstar had access to the accounts and other relevant internal documents of the rated entity or its related entities in connection with this rating action.

Please see the related appendix for additional information regarding the sensitivity of assumptions used in the rating process.

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