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Madrid, March 29, 2023 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has today upgraded the ratings of four Notes in Prodigy Finance CM2021-1 Designated Activity Company. The rating action reflects better than expected collateral performance and the increased levels of credit enhancement for the affected Notes.

….US$227.6M Class A Notes, Upgraded to Aa2 (sf); previously on Jul 14, 2021 Definitive Rating Assigned Aa3 (sf)
….US$22.8M Class B Notes, Upgraded to Aa3 (sf); previously on Jul 14, 2021 Definitive Rating Assigned A1 (sf)
….US$19.7M Class C Notes, Upgraded to A1 (sf); previously on Jul 14, 2021 Definitive Rating Assigned A2 (sf)
….US$18.2M Class D Notes, Upgraded to Baa1 (sf); previously on Jul 14, 2021 Definitive Rating Assigned Ba1 (sf)


The rating action is prompted by decreased key collateral assumptions, namely the portfolio default probability assumption due to better than expected collateral performance and an increase in credit enhancement for the affected tranches.

Prodigy Finance CM2021-1 Designated Activity Company is a static cash securitisation of unsecured student loan receivables extended by Prodigy Finance Limited (“Prodigy”, NR) to international students attending post graduate programs in different countries across the globe. The portfolio consists of approximately USD 173 million of loans as of 7 February 2023.

Revision of Key Collateral Assumptions

The transaction has one and a half years of performance history. Although total delinquencies have increased in the past year they started from very low levels, with 90 days plus arrears currently standing at 2% of current pool balance. Cumulative defaults currently stand at 2.1% of original pool balance with a pool factor of 55%.

As part of the rating action, Moody’s reassessed its default probability and recovery rate assumptions for the portfolio reflecting the collateral performance to date. Moody’s has reduced the default probability to 5.96% of the original portfolio balance, 7% of current portfolio balance, from previous 7% of the original portfolio balance. The assumption for the fixed recovery rate remained unchanged at 25%. Moody’s also maintained the portfolio credit enhancement assumption at 30%.

Increase in Available Credit Enhancement

There is a non-amortising reserve account sized at 1.2% of the total pool balance and a non-amortising capitalized interest account sized at 0.5% of the initial pool balance which will be available until the second anniversary since closing. Non-amortizing reserve fund and trapping of excess spread led to the increase in the credit enhancement available in this transaction. In addition, Class B Notes started amortising in January 2023, until then the Notes had been amortising sequentially.

For instance, the credit enhancement for the most senior tranche affected by today’s rating action increased to 49.3% from 26.2% since closing.

Counterparty Exposure

Today’s rating action took into consideration the Notes’ exposure to relevant counterparties, such as the servicer.

Moody’s notes that the transaction features some credit weaknesses such as an unrated servicer and the servicing complexity related to international borrowers. Various mitigants have been included in the transaction structure such as a back-up servicer and a US back-up servicer which will step in upon Prodigy’s insolvency or other servicer termination events. The rating of the Class A Notes is constrained by operational risk. Moody’s considers that the available liquidity and the structural features introduced to protect the transaction from servicing disruption do not fully mitigate the risks outlined above.

The ratings also consider social risk attributable to the debt burden of student loans and the affordability of education in the US. Potential regulatory or legislative changes could impact funds available to the trust.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was "Moody’s Approach to Rating Consumer Loan-Backed ABS" published in December 2022 and available at Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on for a copy of this methodology.

Factors that would lead to an upgrade or downgrade of the ratings:

Factors or circumstances that could lead to an upgrade of the ratings include: (1) performance of the underlying collateral that is better than Moody’s expected, (2) an increase in available credit enhancement, and (3) improvements in the credit quality of the transaction counterparties.

Factors or circumstances that could lead to a downgrade of the ratings include: (1) an increase in sovereign risk, (2) performance of the underlying collateral that is worse than Moody’s expected, (3) deterioration in the Notes’ available credit enhancement, and (4) deterioration in the credit quality of the transaction counterparties.


For further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. Moody’s Rating Symbols and Definitions can be found on

The analysis relies on an assessment of collateral characteristics to determine the collateral loss distribution, that is, the function that correlates to an assumption about the likelihood of occurrence to each level of possible losses in the collateral. As a second step, Moody’s evaluates each possible collateral loss scenario using a model that replicates the relevant structural features to derive payments and therefore the ultimate potential losses for each rated instrument. The loss a rated instrument incurs in each collateral loss scenario, weighted by assumptions about the likelihood of events in that scenario occurring, results in the expected loss of the rated instrument.

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