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Mosaic Closes $307.5 Million Solar Loan Securitization
Company's Second Securitization Transaction was Met with Overwhelming Investor Demand

October 31, 2017

Mosaic, the leading U.S. provider of solar loan financing solutions for homeowners, announced that it has completed its second term securitization of residential solar loans. The Mosaic Solar Loans 2017-2 transaction ("MSAIC 2017-2") is the largest solar loan securitization issued to date, with $307.5 million in bonds sold across four tranches.  MSAIC 2017-2 generated over $1.7 billion in investor orders and was ultimately placed with 29 institutional investors based in the U.S. and Europe.

Solar loans represent a growing asset class that is gaining market share as consumers shift away from solar leases and increasingly choose to benefit from ownership of residential solar systems.  Mosaic has funded more than $1.3 billion in solar loans since inception and expects to continue to be a frequent issuer in the securitization market.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous interest in this deal and what it means for the solar industry," said Billy Parish, co-founder and CEO of Mosaic. "After the overwhelming success of our first securitization, we knew there was deep and broad demand from investors to fund residential solar loans.  We are excited that this transaction both extends our relationships with existing investors and brings in new U.S. and international buyers."

The offering consists of $307.5 million of notes rated by Kroll Bond Rating Agency with four tranches that carry ratings from "A" to "BB+".  The notes are modeled to a weighted average life of approximately 4.1 years and are backed by an initial collateral pool of $275 million of loans with an average FICO score of 738.  An additional $75 million of loans may be purchased during the 3-month supplemental purchase period, based on defined eligibility criteria.  Given the strong oversubscription levels, all tranches priced inside initial guidance levels, achieving an all-in yield of 4.2% and significant spread compression compared to the MSAIC 2017-1 transaction.  

MSAIC 2017-2 received a "Green Bond" designation based on the standards published by the International Capital Markets Association and pursuant to a report issued by Sustainalytics US, Inc.

Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Guggenheim Securities acted as joint-lead bookrunners for the offering, with DZ Financial Markets as co-manager.  Deutsche Bank acted as sole structuring agent.  

About Mosaic

Mosaic makes financing solar energy systems accessible and affordable for homeowners by providing the simplest borrower experience in the industry. Mosaic has originated over $1.3B of loans to date. Customers are connected to top solar installers and can qualify instantly for no money down loans with fixed interest rates and multiple term options. For solar installers, Mosaic provides a streamlined financing platform to drive sales growth. Since 2012, Mosaic has helped over tens of thousands people go solar with a network of over 150 installers. Mosaic has been honored by Fast Company as a Top Ten Most Innovative Company in Energy for two consecutive years. For more information, visit http://joinmosaic.com.

Leslie D. Van Every

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