Capital Markets | Auto Finance News - Part 4

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 […]

Longer Terms, Revolving Period Are Risk Factor in Toyota’s Latest $1B ABS Deal

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. is bringing $1.13 billion in asset-backed securities to market in the captive’s first extended-loan securitization, which is expected to close on June 19, according to a pre-sale report by Moody’s Investors Service. TMCC’s newest deal is comprised of 54,385 prime auto loan receivables with an average FICO score of 754 and […]

Failure of FCA-Renault Merger a Good Sign for SCUSA, Analyst Says

As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closes the door on the potential Groupe Renault merger, withdrawing its merger proposal to the French OEM Wednesday evening, another door may open for Chrysler Capital owner Santander Consumer USA. While SCUSA is “no longer talking to Chrysler about buying Chrysler Capital” — a discussion that started in May 2018 — […]
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