Capital Markets | Auto Finance News - Part 2

KBRA Downgrades Honor Finance Securitization — Again

Honor Finance’s 2016 asset-backed securitization has been downgraded for a second time by Kroll Bond Rating Agency due to cumulative net losses increasing to 31.2% compared with 29.4% over three collection periods, the rating agency reported April 25. The now-defunct subprime lender’s Class B notes were downgraded to B+ from BB+, and its Class C […]

Fifth Third Returns to Securitization Market With $1.3B Transaction

Fifth Third Bank’s latest $1.37 billion offering marks the bank’s return to the auto ABS market after a two-year hiatus. The 2019-1 transaction will be Fifth Third’s first auto securitization since the prime lender issued a $1 billion offering in September 2017. While the two transactions share similarities, there are distinctions to be made in […]

How Lenders Stand to Benefit From Uber’s Platform

Despite profitability concerns outlined in Uber Technologies’ S-1 filing, lenders could benefit from partnering with the mobility company, Grayson Brulte, president of Brulte & Co., told Auto Finance News. For instance, lenders might allow Uber drivers to rent their off-lease inventory. “Uber is not a ride-sharing company or an autonomous vehicle company or a food […]

‘Diminished’ Tax Season Stymies CPS 1Q Revenue

Tax season, as the auto finance industry has traditionally known it, “probably doesn’t exist anymore,” a factor that contributed to lower revenue at Consumer Portfolio Services last quarter, said CEO Charles Bradley during the company’s first-quarter earnings call last week. The Irvine, Calif.-based lender reported revenue of $88.2 million, down 14.8% from $103.6 million year […]

Weaker Credit Quality Spurs Higher Loss Forecast for Exeter Securitization

Moody's Investor Service bumped up cumulative net loss expectations 1% in Exeter Finance’s most recent securitization to offset the weaker credit quality of the underlying loans. The weighted average credit score for the $572.9 million transaction was 556, “the lowest Fico seen in recent transactions,” said Moody’s Senior Credit Officer Daniela Jayesuria of the securitization slated […]

Tariffs, NAFTA Uncertainties Threaten Vehicle Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Uncertainty with international tariffs and the North American Free Trade Agreement could have one of the “biggest impacts” on automotive sales, Mike Wall, executive director of automotive analysis at IHS Markit, said at CBA Live. “This industry — especially in North America and the U.S. — has really been predicated on the […]
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