COVID-19 continues to hamper vehicle manufacturing, leading to a decline in floorplan assets at Huntington Auto Finance.
The bank’s U.S.-based vehicle floorplan outstandings declined 27.2% year over year to $1.7 billion in the fourth quarter, but clawed back from last quarter when outstandings stood at $1.6 billion, according to the recent earnings presentation.
Inventory woes are likely to last several more months, driven largely by periodic manufacturing plant shutdowns related to COVID-19, Chief Executive Stephen Steinour said on the fourth-quarter earnings call. “We do see supply chain disruption impacting utilization. It’s very clearly happening in the dealer floorplan side. It improved a bit in the fourth quarter, [but] … it will probably be several quarters before it becomes normalized,” he said.
On the consumer side, Huntington Auto Finance’s originations declined 26% YoY to $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter, while the bank’s vehicle outstandings remained flat during the same period in 2019 at $12.8 billion, according to the earnings presentation. More than half of originations in the fourth quarter were for new-vehicle purchases; the prime lender exited leasing in 2008.
Meanwhile, Huntington uses technology to automatically provide loan decisions for more than 70% of the bank’s applications based on FICO and other custom factors, according to the presentation. In the fourth quarter, the average credit score declined to 774 from 781 a year ago, and from 777 last quarter.
The bank’s average loan-to-value ratio of 86% is a decrease of 200 basis points from the previous year.
Delinquencies for auto loans 30-plus days past due came in at 0.90%, a decrease of 5 bps from the same period a year ago. Ninety-day delinquencies stayed flat YoY at 0.07%. Net charge-offs clocked in at 0.21% of auto loans, a decrease of 9 basis points YoY.
Huntington has joined other lenders in decreasing the number of loans in deferral programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Dec. 31, less than 1% of the bank’s consumer loan portfolio, $66 million, was in deferral, down from 5% of the portfolio in June. Most of the bank’s deferred consumer loans are for mortgages.
“Our deferrals in auto, RV/marine, and home equity have nearly all lapsed and we are managing these portfolios consistent with our pre-pandemic strategies,” Steinour said on the call.
At the end of 2020, Huntington’s total auto originations clocked in at $5.9 billion, a 3% year-over-year decrease. The annualized net charge-off rate was 0.26%, flat with the end of the year in 2019.
Meanwhile, on the powersports front, RV and boat outstandings declined 16% YoY to $4.2 billion, up from $4.1 billion last quarter. Delinquencies at 30-plus days past due increased 2 bps from the same period a year ago and 15 bps quarter over quarter to 0.54%. The 90-day past due rate of 0.06% is an increase of 1 bps YoY and sequentially.
Yearend powersport originations clocked in at $1.6 billion for 2020, an increase of 60% YoY, with a net annualized charge-off rate of 0.31%, a decrease of 2 bps from yearend 2019.
Shares of Huntington Bancshares Inc. [Nasdaq: HBAN] were trading at $13.62 as of 2:45 p.m. ET, up 1.04% since market open. Huntington has a market capitalization of $18.86 billion.
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