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Fewer loan modifications pushes up losses in Santander’s latest ABS deal

Santander Consumer USA's third asset-backed securitization of the year is bringing $1.2 billion auto loans to market in a deal that’s expected to close Aug. 21, according to a presale report by S&P Global Ratings issued today. The deal props up the subprime lender’s ABS volume to $3.4 billion this year, a 10.5% year-over-year decline.  The […]

Subprime loan losses decline in prime securitizations

Fresh data from DBRS shows that subprime loans securitized with mostly prime issuance outperform subprime loans in mostly subprime securitizations, according to the rating agency’s Figures on Automotive Securitization Tapes (FAST) report published last week. An issuer’s ABS transaction is categorized as a prime or subprime shelf based on the weighted-average Fico of each securitized […]

Auto ABS heats up with $4.7B of issuance

A handful of prime and subprime securitizers pumped up ABS volume this week, bringing $4.7 billion of loans and leases to market, according to presale reports from S&P Global Ratings.  Auto ABS volume totaled $61.3 billion as of July 8, up 12.7% year over year, according to data from JPMorgan Securities. On the prime side, […]

Loan Losses Are Worse Than Expected at Two Subprime Auto Lenders

Recent subprime-auto bonds from Prestige Financial Corp. and Exeter Finance Corp. are performing worse than anticipated, at a time when many competitors are at least meeting expectations, according to credit raters. The challenges both face may be remnants of a push for rapid growth a few years back, when these smaller lenders temporarily loosened credit […]

Sierra Auto Finance Unloads Servicing Portfolio

Sierra Auto Finance transferred servicing of its portfolios to First Investors Financial Services on March 2, seven months after the subprime lender put a pause on new originations due to “unfavorable market conditions.” Sierra, founded in 2012, had $144 million of outstanding receivables at yearend 2018, down from $185 million in July 2018, according to […]

Seasoned Loans Outperform Unseasoned Loans in Subprime Securitizations — Eventually

Fresh research from Kroll Bond Rating Agency shows that, contrary to popular belief, seasoning may not be the most accurate indicator of a subprime loan’s performance. Data from KBRA’s Subprime Auto Loan ABS report published Thursday illustrates that "very seasoned" subprime loans — those with 48 months of payment history — exhibited higher net losses […]