KBRA Assigns BBB Rating to Preston Hollow Capital, LLC

BY Business Wire | MUNICIPAL | 12/15/21 02:23 PM EST

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a BBB issuer rating to Preston Hollow Capital, LLC (?PHC? or the Company), a private investment company founded in 2014 and headquartered in Dallas Texas, specializing in direct and secondary market investments in municipal securities. The rating Outlook is Stable.

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Key Credit Considerations

The rating reflects PHC?s deep and experienced management team with decades of municipal finance and real estate lending experience, primarily senior secured, well-collateralized and covenant-heavy debt investments diversified by region and sector, low leverage with a target of approximately 1x Recourse Debt-to-Equity (excluding non-recourse term-matched trusts and including a contemplated preferred equity issuance as debt), strong underwriting and risk management, strong earnings metrics, permanent equity capital from established institutional investors and PHC?s management team including the President/CEO and an adequate funding/liquidity profile with significant unencumbered assets.

PHC?s funding strategy is focused primarily on non-recourse term matched trusts (TMTs) which provides a more stable source of borrowing compared to short-term recourse facilities. KBRA views PHC?s TMT funding as relatively stable given maturities are long-term and generally matched with the maturities of assets collateralizing the TMT, there is no mark- to-market collateral posting required, and TMTs are fully non-recourse to PHC. In addition, the rating considers PHC?s demonstrated strong underwriting with low losses and successful workouts of distressed credits through the COVID-19 pandemic. These strengths are counterbalanced by the risks related to the business of investing in illiquid non- investment grade or unrated municipal debt, relatively high single credit concentration (top 5 credits comprise 31% of portfolio), high dividend payouts and a focus on secured debt financing with fewer sources compared to higher-rated finance companies.

The Stable Outlook reflects the Company?s low leverage, low non-accruals and losses through the COVID-19 pandemic to-date and adequate liquidity with significant unencumbered assets.

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About KBRA

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.

Source: Preston Hollow Community Capital

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