Arch Bay Capital has issued a $57.4 million MBS backed by seasoned performing and delinquent subprime loans, garnering a 'AAA' rating on the bond, a sign that the private-label market could come back but only if issuers are willing to make little money on their deals.

The MBS was rated by DBRS and the end investor is a bank, said one official familiar with the transaction. Quincy Tang, senior vice president of structured finance/RMBS for DBRS, told National Mortgage News that because of the credit enhancement put on the security by Arch Bay, the investor in the 'AAA' bond will not suffer any losses unless delinquencies on the underlying loans exceed 75%, an astronomical number.

The loans — originally funded a few years back by such subprime firms as Accredited Home Loans, NovaStar Mortgage and others — have a 30-day delinquency rate of 21%. The collateral for the bond are loans with a principal balance of $229 million.

One NPL investor, requesting anonymity, said based on what he knows of the deal, Arch Bay doesn't stand to make much money, if any, on the transaction. The Irvine, Calif.-based hedge fund could not be reached for comment.

Its profit will be determined by how much it paid for the NPLs — which it bought in the secondary market — and the cost of the credit enhancement on the bond. Roughly 19% of the loan pool has been modified, according to DBRS.

In other NPL news, DebtMarket of Los Angeles is coming to market with a $100 million portfolio of nonperforming multifamily loans. 

Stuart McFarland, a newly appointed advisor to the online auction company, said the offering will be available "shortly."

A former executive for both GE Capital and Fannie Mae, McFarland said the company is starting to see more sellers of NPLs but noted that the market is waiting for some truly big sellers to appear: "Some day Fannie and Freddie will start selling," he said

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