KBRA issues preliminary ratings to Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust 2022-1 (EFMT 2022-1)


NEW YORK, January 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Six Classes of Ellington Financial Mortgage Trust Mortgage-Backed Notes 2022-1 (EFMT 2022-1), a $417.2 Million Non-Senior RMBS Transaction dollars. The underlying collateral, comprising 817 residential mortgage loans, is characterized by a notable concentration of alternative income documentation, with 69.0% of loans originated using bank statements, asset depletion and DSCR type.

Approximately 64.2% of loans were classified as non-qualified mortgages (Non-QM). The remaining loans were classified as exempt from the ATR/QM rule because they were issued for commercial purposes (ie, investment property). EFMT 2022-1 is not backed by any loans in forbearance at the cutoff date, however, 0.2% of the pool contains loans that were subject to forbearance plans but abandoned them and have been working for several months.

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