Capital Markets | Auto Finance News - Part 5

Group 1 extends $1.8B syndicated credit facility

Group 1 Automotive has extended its $1.8 billion revolving syndicated credit facility with 23 financial institutions, including four captive finance companies, for another five years, according to a company release. The credit facility will expire in June 2024 and have the option to expand to $2.1 billion. It was originally set to mature in June […]

Credit Acceptance extends credit facility

Subprime lender Credit Acceptance Corp. has extended the maturity of a secured line of credit facility with a commercial bank syndicate to June 22, 2022, according to a company release. The amount of the facility had been set to decrease to $315 million from $350 million this month, according to a 10-K filing with the […]

Used-car marketplace raises $13M in Series A funding

The online used-car marketplace is heating up in the U.K. as one London-based startup secured $13.9 million in Series A funding this week. The round was led by hedge fund Marchmont Ventures and LocalGlobe.  The platform is called Motorway and enables U.K. consumers to buy and sell used cars online. The startup, launched in 2017, […]

Weakening Credit Spurs Santander Downgrade

Santander Consumer USA's rating has been cut to neutral from positive by Susquehanna Financial Group as shifts in the lender's portfolio dynamics make it appear that credit is worsening in the short term, SFG’s bank and auto finance analyst Jack Micenko told Auto Finance News. The most notable change relates to SCUSA’s troubled debt restructuring […]

Slowing Inventory Turnover Reduces Floorplan ABS Payment Rates

As vehicles idle on dealers’ lots, auto lenders face slower repayment of their floorplan loans. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., for one, has been in breach of a floorplan trigger since February, when its three-month payment rate dropped below 35%. As such, NMAC had to increase credit enhancement levels in its floorplan trust. Ally Financial, Ford […]

Extended-Term Contracts Lower Credit Quality in Bank of the West Securitization

Extended-term contracts, an increased loan-to-value ratio, and a rise in the number of loans with lower Fico scores are responsible for weakened credit quality in Bank of the West’s $764 million auto trust securitization — the bank’s first of the year — according to a Fitch Ratings’ presale report. The average term of loans securitized […]

Decline in Used-Vehicle Inventory Dampens Dealer Sentiment

Used-car sales – a driver behind recent market strength – may slow as used-vehicle inventories shrink, according to Cox Automotive’s second-quarter Dealer Sentiment Index report published last week. “If market strength is being driven by used vehicles, can used-vehicle sales remain strong considering declining inventory?” Cox Auto Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said in a statement. […]

Carvana Hits ABS Market With Second Transaction

Carvana is bringing $337.3 million in asset-backed securities to market in a deal that’s expected to close June 27, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investors Service issued this week. Carvana’s second deal of the year props up its ABS volume to $676.1 million just three months after the online used-vehicle retailer completed its […]
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