KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust 2021-2 (EFMT 2021-2)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of mortgage-backed notes from Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust 2021-2 (EFMT 2021-2), a $331.8 million non-prime RMBS transaction. The underlying collateral, comprising 661 residential mortgages, is characterized by a notable concentration of alternative income documentation, with 70.2% of the loans underwritten using bank statements, asset depletion, and DSCR documentation types.

Approximately 70.8% of the loans were categorized as non-qualified mortgages (Non-QM). The remaining loans were categorized as exempt from the ATR/QM rule having been originated for a business purpose (i.e., investment properties). EFMT 2021-2 is not backed by any loans in forbearance as of the cut-off date, however, 4.3% the pool contains loans that were subject to forbearance plans but exited them and have been performing for a number of months.

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