Tesla Issues Second-Ever Lease Securitization Despite Previous Downgrade

Tesla Inc. is slated to issue its second-ever U.S. auto securitization on Dec. 19, according to presale reports. The $837 million transaction is 53% larger than Tesla’s inaugural securitization, which was issued in February. That securitization was subsequently downgraded because of a “significant shortfall” in the Model 3 production rate and a weak financial situation, […]

Sedan Sales Marketshare Falls to Record Low in November

Sedan popularity has dropped to an all-time low, as evidenced by November’s new-vehicle sales figures. As a percentage of new-vehicle sales, sedan — or “car” — segment marketshare dropped to 28.8%, the lowest monthly share on record, according to Cox Automotive unit Manheim. By comparison, the segment that comprises light-duty pickups, vans, SUVs, and crossovers […]

Avid Acceptance to Double Securitization Volume on Heels of JPMorgan Chase Funding Facility

Avid Acceptance LLC’s new warehouse facility will put the lender on track to double its securitization volume next year, Chief Financial Officer Curtis Ash told Auto Finance News. The $50 million funding facility from JPMorgan Chase “will allow [Avid] a larger securitization in 2019,” Ash said, likely in the third or fourth quarter. The warehouse […]

Lower Originations Prompt Rifco to Shrink Credit Line

Rifco National Auto Finance is shrinking its Wells Fargo-led credit facility to its lowest level, Chief Financial Officer Warren Van Orman told Auto Finance News. “Basically, in our current utilization and the way the cost structure is, it makes more sense to us to be at $65 million than at $100 million,” Van Orman said. […]

Federal Reserve Reveals Plans to Ease Stress Tests

The Federal Reserve is reducing the volatility of stress tests for the nation’s largest financial institutions, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles said during a Nov. 9 speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The Fed is proposing changes that are designed to roll back Obama-era financial regulation, which consists of an […]

Tricolor Auto Preps First Rated Securitization

Buy-here, pay-here lender Tricolor Auto Acceptance LLC is preparing to issue its first rated securitization, a $101.7 million transaction slated to close Nov. 21, according to a Kroll Bond Rating Agency presale report released this week. The securitization is backed by loans with a weighted average Fico score of 583 and a weighted loan-to-value ratio […]

Rise of Speculative-Grade Auto ABS Causes Concern, S&P Says

The level of speculative-grade ABS outstandings is six times greater this year than it was in the lead up to the Great Recession in 2006, according to Amy Martin, S&P Global Ratings’ sector lead in U.S. auto ABS. It’s a stat that highlights why “caution is warranted,” in subprime deals today, she said during a […]
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