KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Sonic Capital LLC Series 2021-1 Senior Secured Notes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to two classes of notes from Sonic Capital LLC Series 2021-1, a whole business securitization. KBRA also anticipates affirming the ratings on the Series 2020-1 A-1 and A-2 Notes.

This transaction is a whole business securitization (WBS) whereby Sonic LLC, a Delaware limited liability company formerly known as Sonic Corp. (“Sonic”, or the “Company”) and certain of its affiliates have contributed substantially all of their revenue-generating assets to Sonic Capital LLC (the “Master Issuer”) and the related securitization entities. The transaction is a master trust, and the Series 2021-1 Class A-2 Notes (the “Series 2021-1 Notes”) represent the Master Issuer’s sixth securitization within the trust, which was created in May 2011. The collateral includes existing and future domestic franchise and development agreements, existing and future company-operated restaurant royalties, domestic real estate assets and lease payments and intellectual property (“IP”). The proceeds from the Series 2021-1 Notes will be used to refinance the Master Issuer’s Series 2018-1 Class A-2 Notes (which are not rated by KBRA), pay certain transaction-related expenses and for general corporate purposes.

Sonic Industries LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Master Issuer, is the franchisor and operator of restaurants under the Sonic brand. As of April 4, 2021, the Sonic restaurant system included 3,524 drive-in restaurants with annual system-wide sales of approximately $6.0 billion. The transaction includes royalty payments from 3,250 franchise locations and 274 company-operated restaurants, representing approximately 92% and 8% of total system-wide locations, respectively. All of the restaurant locations are located within the US across 46 states.

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