Exeter Finance Files for IPO, Expects to Raise $100M

Subprime lender Exeter Finance Corp. filed for an initial public offering to gain a larger marketshare in the “fragmented” auto finance industry, the company said in a Jan. 8 regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Blackstone-backed Exeter expects to raise $100 million in the IPO, the filing notes, though the timing of […]

Higher Interest Rates Will Likely Reduce 2019 Sales by 300,000 Units, Analyst Says

Rising interest rates will likely shave vehicle sales by 300,000 units this year, predicted Eric Lyman, senior vice president of ALG, an analytics subsidiary of TrueCar. “It’s not insignificant,” Lyman told AFN, “but not large enough to be a shock to the auto retail environment either.” A 300,000-unit sales decline in 2019 would translate to […]

HyreCar Pursues Partnerships With Fleet Owners

HyreCar hopes to fix its inventory imbalance by redirecting its focus to large fleet owners from individual car owners, newly appointed Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships Brian Allan told Auto Finance News. Hyrecar is a peer-to-peer carsharing service that lets car owners rent their idle vehicles to rideshare drivers. There is still room for peer-to-peer, […]

Subprime Lender MAS Financial Drops MoneyGram as PayNearMe Usage Climbs

Subprime lender MAS Financial is starting out the new year out with a pair of payment-related moves. It will add automated payment capabilities to its options at month’s end, and it is cutting ties with money-transfer partner MoneyGram. MAS Financial customers are increasingly using the PayNearMe option, which MAS added about three years ago, Collections […]

Westlake Financial to Launch Peer-to-Peer Lending This Year

Westlake Financial Services plans to add peer-to-peer lending capabilities to LoanCenter, its direct lending platform, later this year. The goal is to reach a new group of borrowers looking to purchase vehicles from individuals instead of from dealerships, Ralph Ontiveros, vice president of Westlake services and lending solutions, told Auto Finance News. “A lot of […]

GM Financial Issues $1.25B Securitization to Jumpstart 2019

GM Financial has kicked off 2019 auto asset-backed securitization activity with a $1.25 billion deal issued last week, according to presale reports. Although analysts anticipate macroeconomic headwinds, such as interest rate stresses, to hit the industry this year, Fitch Ratings Agency said in its presale report that losses in GM Financial’s 2016 and 2017 managed […]

Forum Credit Union’s Ben Wire on Lending’s Competitive Landscape

Credit unions have been increasing their share of the auto loan business. The financial organizations controlled 21.3% of the market at midyear 2018, compared with 20.3% at midyear 2017, according to Experian. But, like other lending institutions, past performance is no guarantee of continued success. Ben Wire, Forum Credit Union’s dealer division manager, recently spoke […]

Auto Finance News’ 4 People to Watch in 2019

A number of auto manufacturers, finance operations, and government bodies have new people at the helm, ready to leave their marks. The following are AFN editors’ picks for 4 people to watch in 2019: Kathy Kraninger Kathy Kraninger succeeded Mick Mulvaney as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December 2018. Kraninger’s first official move […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 4, 2019
  • Strategy
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