Piper Jaffray Completes ThunderRoad Motorcycle Trust's First-Ever Asset-Backed Securitization

04/28/2016 | 02:01:05 PM

Senior class notes receive A- rating from Morningstar

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 28, 2016-- Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC), a leading investment bank and asset management firm, is pleased to announce ThunderRoad Financial, LLC through its issuer affiliate, ThunderRoad Motorcycle Trust 2016-1, issued its Series 2016-1 Asset-Backed Notes totaling $59.72 million, consisting of:

  • $47,780,000 senior Class A Notes carrying an A- rating from Morningstar Credit Ratings, and
  • $11,940,000 of subordinate, unrated Class B Notes.

Based in Reno, Nevada, ThunderRoad is a specialty motorcycle lender established in 2014 that works closely with a network of dealers in more than 30 states to provide financing to customers purchasing motorcycles, UTVs, ATVs, and other power sports equipment. The company finances all major American, European, and Japanese makes, and has purchased more than $70 million in installment sales contracts in its first two years of activity.

Piper Jaffray served as sole placement agent for the Series 2016-1 transaction after having arranged a $100 million warehouse facility for the company in 2015.

“We are pleased to have successfully placed ThunderRoad’s first motorcycle asset-backed security. They are an integral part of our structured finance initiative focusing on small to middle market specialty finance companies. Our work with ThunderRoad over the past year exemplifies the varied ways we can help companies access the financing they need to grow their business. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them,” said Brad Winges, Piper Jaffray head of fixed income services.

“While we have some of the most experienced powersports underwriters in the business, at only two years old, ThunderRoad is very pleased to have worked with Piper Jaffray on both the warehouse line in 2015 and our first rated securitization. This is an exciting step for our company as few firms are willing to work with younger start-up companies, let alone dedicate the substantial resources Piper Jaffray provided to us,” said Donal Hummer Jr., president and CEO of ThunderRoad Financial, LLC.

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