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State of the subprime auto lending market

Working in the subprime auto lending market, the tendency is to focus on the threats and opportunities that are directly in front of us. We zone in on our specific subprime auto portfolios and do our best to obtain the highest risk-adjusted returns. Ultimately, it is easy to get stuck in the weeds rather than […]

American Honda Finance leads captives with lowest debt-to-equity ratio

American Honda Finance Corp.’s short-term debt rating was reaffirmed with a stable outlook by Fitch Ratings, thanks to a low corporate leverage ratio and credit losses, which are the lowest among its captive finance peers, Michael Taiano, Fitch senior director of the Financial Institutions Group, told Auto Finance News. “Honda Finance has the lowest debt […]

Thinning margins spur Ford Credit downgrade

Ford Motor Co.'s weakened credit profile will likely have negative implications for its access to funding and financing volumes after a downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service this week. The downgrade moved Ford’s rating to non-investment speculative-grade status.  Moody’s said an upgrade for Ford is “unlikely in the near term,” as margins are expected to remain […]

Ally Financial scores investment-grade rating

Ally Financial’s long-term default rating has reached investment-grade status after an upgrade by Fitch Ratings, thanks to a boost in profitability stemming from increased used-car originations. The upgrade is a plus for Ally since investment-grade paper is typically in higher demand by investors, Michael Taiano, senior director of the Financial Institutions Group at Fitch Ratings, […]

Honda Finance injects $1B into ABS market

Loans in American Honda Finance Corp.‘s latest securitization have the shortest original and remaining terms when compared with other issuers’ pools, according to a Moody’s Investor Services presale report. The $1.1 billion securitization is on track to be upsized to $1.3 billion based on investor demand. Read more: American Honda Finance Dodges Class-Action Lawsuit The loans backing […]

Lenders dip down credit spectrum, boost originations in 2Q

As auto lenders opened their books of business to borrowers further down the credit spectrum, total auto debt increased 4.8% year over year to a record $1.3 trillion, according to the New York Federal Reserve Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit.  The report, which uses data from Equifax, showed that auto debt from loans […]

Carvana’s originations skyrocket in 2Q

Carvana’s second-quarter earnings were “the most successful quarter-to-date” for the finance platform, Chief Financial Officer Mark Jenkins said during the company’s earnings call yesterday. Carvana’s originations shot up 124.7% year over year to $1.2 billion, compared with $525 million in the prior-year period. In addition, finance gross profit per unit was a record $1,100 — […]
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