Credit Performance | Auto Finance News - Part 4

California, Michigan Auto Sales to Decline as Debt-Strapped Customers Curb Purchases, Economist Says

LAS VEGAS —  Economic weaknesses in Michigan and California may dampen auto sales and financing volume, said Robert Dye, senior vice president, and chief economist at Comerica Bank. “On a regional basis, we’re seeing weakness in the Midwest, and we’re also seeing weakness in the West, so there’s an affordability issue,” Dye said in a […]

Why Penetration Rates Are Dropping at Hyundai Capital, NMAC

LAS VEGAS — Hyundai Capital America expects rising interest rates to squeeze penetration ratios to 40% or 50% by yearend across all its franchise brands, Chief Executive Ross Williams said during a fireside chat at the Auto Finance Summit. Historically, the captive’s penetration rate has hovered around 70%, Williams said. However, the rising interest rate […]

Subprime Issuers Gain Share of ABS Market

NEW YORK — Though subprime originations have declined, “a greater share of these originations are making their way into the securitization market,” Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance ratings at S&P Global Ratings, said during the agency’s Auto Industry Hot Topics event last month. With banks reducing their loan volume, independent finance companies have […]

GM Financial Profits, Originations Grow in 3Q

General Motors Financial boasted increased profits, higher loan originations, and improved credit quality in the third quarter, according to yesterday’s earnings. Net income for the quarter shot up 118% to $441 million, as the captive notched its fifth straight quarter of higher credit scores underlying finance volume. “We financed 43% of GM new vehicles sales […]

At the Big 4, Incentive Spending Drops, Even as Sales Dip

Old truisms apparently do not apply to auto finance. At least for now. When car sales fall, generally captives counter with greater subvention. But after years of incentives marching higher, incentives are dipping. At the Big Four — Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota — the aggregate incentive per unit fell 1.9% to $4,150, […]

Fair Isaac’s UltraFICO May Be a Boon for Borrowers

Fair Isaac Corp. announced on Monday a new scoring system that would take into account a borrower’s checking, savings, and money market account transactions. By including these activities with traditional FICO metrics, the new system could boost many consumers’ credit scores. The new product, called UltraFICO, was unveiled at the Money 2020 in Las Vegas. […]

Ford Motor Credit Issues Second $1B Auto ABS Transaction

Ford Motor Credit issued its second auto loan ABS transaction of the year with a $1.05 billion pool, according to Moody’s Investors Service. With the transaction, the captive finance arm’s total 2018 securitized portfolio is $1.1 billion while its auto loan portfolio totals $46.2 billion. Ford Credit’s latest transaction represents the most substantial average loan […]
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