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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 — […]

Loose auto underwriting points to ‘weak’ credit outlook, Moody’s says

Lenders did little to tighten auto loan underwriting last quarter despite worsening delinquency trends. Last quarter, 3.5% of bank respondents in the Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported to have somewhat tightened credit standards. The remaining 96.5% said standards remained basically unchanged. Given the "rapid rise in auto loan debt," however, banks would […]

Ford Credit loan performance offsets 2Q volume decline

Despite a decline in loan origination volume and lease penetration at Ford Motor Credit, Vice President and Chief Executive David McClelland credits an increase in second-quarter revenue to improving portfolio performance. U.S. loan contract placement volume dropped 26% year over year to 220,00 units, from 299,000. Similarly, lease placement dropped to 81,000 units from 104,000 […]

Federal Reserve amends stress test model for auto loan losses

The Federal Reserve has changed the way it calculates estimated auto loan losses in the 2019 Dodd-Frank Act stress test, according to the Supervisory Stress Test Results published last week. Specifically, the Federal Reserve enhanced the probability of default component and the loss-given default component. The report notes that these adjustments change the way certain […]

KBRA Withdraws Ratings as Honor Finance Securitization Winds Down

Honor Finance’s 2016 securitization has been withdrawn from Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s surveillance after being paid in full, the rating agency announced this week. The transaction had suffered two downgrades since July 2018, a month before the defunct company transferred its servicing to Westlake Portfolio Management. On June 17, servicer Westlake Portfolio Management exercised its […]
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