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Lengthening Loan Terms a Concern for ‘Healthy’ Subprime ABS Market

PLANO, Texas — The growing popularity of loan terms over 60 months is a concern for the subprime auto securitization market, Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance at S&P Global Ratings, said at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference last week. “We’re concerned about the lengthening of loan terms because that could lead to a […]

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 […]