Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Assigns New Rating of A (sf) to AT&T Receivables Funding, LLC

Consumer Loans & Credit Cards
September 25, 2020

DBRS, Inc. (DBRS Morningstar) assigned a rating of A (sf) to the September 25, 2020 Investment (the Investment) and defined yield created under the Second Receivables Purchase Agreement dated September 28, 2017 (the Purchase Agreement as amended to date), among AT&T Receivables Funding, LLC as the Seller; New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, doing business as AT&T Mobility, as the Servicer, the pool purchaser agents from time to time, and the pool purchasers from time to time; and Citibank, N.A. (rated AA (low) with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) as the Agent. The Investment was made in an amortizing pool of receivables originated by AT&T Mobility for obligors to finance the purchase of mobile phones and was sold by the Seller under the Purchase Agreement.

The rating is based on DBRS Morningstar’s review of the following analytical considerations:

-- Transaction advance rate, form, and sufficiency of available credit enhancement and the assigned rating. The transaction benefits from (1) credit enhancement in the form of overcollateralization, implied excess spread, and a full turbo structure, in which credit enhancement levels are sufficient to support the DBRS Morningstar expected loss under various stress scenarios; and (2) other benefits provided by the structured Investment, including (a) a discrete pool of assets via specified selection criteria and (b) the application of conservative assumptions in the stress analysis.
-- DBRS Morningstar has performed an operational review of the Servicer of the receivables and considers the entity to be an acceptable servicer of handset loans.
-- DBRS Morningstar was provided sufficient performance data from program-originated contracts.
-- The transaction pool contains high-quality collateral.
-- The legal structure and presence of legal opinions that addresses the true sale of the assets to the purchasers; the nonconsolidation of the special-purpose vehicles with AT&T Receivables Funding, LLC; and that the purchasers have a valid first-priority security interest in the assets and are consistent with the DBRS Morningstar “Legal Criteria for U.S. Structured Finance.”
-- The transaction assumptions consider DBRS Morningstar’s set of macroeconomic scenarios for select economies related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), available in its commentary “Global Macroeconomic Scenarios: September Update,” published on September 10, 2020. DBRS Morningstar initially published macroeconomic scenarios on April 16, 2020, which 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.
-- In consideration of the recent environment as affected by the coronavirus pandemic, DBRS Morningstar notes the following: (1) DBRS Morningstar qualitatively adjusted the assumed cumulative net loss (CNL) for the transaction above calculated levels to account for potential increased charge-offs; (2) a significant portion of the customer base in the collateral pool is deemed as low risk and such portion may reasonably be assumed to continue to make payments relative to the population at large; and (3) it would be reasonable to expect that utilities and mobile phone bills remain high in consumers’ bill payment priority and that wholesale nonpayment of mobile phone bills would not occur.

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 U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

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

For more information regarding rating methodologies and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following DBRS Morningstar press release:

For more information regarding structured finance rating methodologies and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following DBRS Morningstar press release:

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This rating was not initiated at the request of the rated entity.

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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