KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Primrose Funding, LLC Series 2022-1 Senior Secured Notes

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to two classes of Primrose Funding, LLC Series 2022-1 notes, a full corporate securitization.

Primrose 2022-1 represents the second securitization issued by Primrose Funding, LLC, following the issuance of series 2019-1 (Primrose 2019-1) on August 21, 2019. The current securitization shares the same collateral pool. In conjunction with the issuance of Primrose 2022-1, KBRA plans to confirm the ratings of the Issuer’s outstanding Series 2019-1 Class A-2 Notes (the Existing Notes and, together with the Series 2022-1 Notes, Notes) and to withdraw the Issuer’s Series 2019-1 Class A-1 Notes, which are currently undrawn and will be replaced by Series 2022-1 Class A-1 Notes. The ratings are consistent with the results of our cash flow analysis following the addition of the Series 2022-1 Notes.

As part of its inaugural securitization in 2019, Primrose School Franchising Company LLC (Primrose or the Company) pledged substantially all of its revenue-generating assets to the Issuer as collateral for the Notes then tendered. The Issuer is issuing two classes of Notes totaling $145 million (the Series 2022-1 Notes). Coverage includes existing and future domestic franchise and development agreements, educational programs and other franchise fees, and securitization intellectual property. Proceeds from the Offered Notes will be used to pay certain transaction fees and expenses, and for general corporate purposes.

The Primrose Franchise Network is one of the leading providers of premium early learning and child care in the United States. The Primrose franchise network offers a variety of programs, including arts, math, language and literacy, and social-emotional development, to customers through its system of 469 schools in 33 states, as of March 31, 2022. For for the twelve months ending (LTM) March 31, 2022, the system generated system-wide sales (“SWS”) of approximately $1.0 billion. The system is 100% franchised with over 300 franchisees, each owning an average of approximately 1.5 schools as of March 31, 2022.

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