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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, […]

Japanese auto lender heats up ABS market with $468m issuance

Japanese auto financier Orient Corp. (Orico) is bringing $467.6 million of asset-backed securities to market in a deal that’s expected to close July 30. The notes were rated by Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.  The deal is Orico’s second this year, propping up the lender’s U.S. ABS volume to nearly $1 billion. The latest […]

Extended-Term Contracts Lower Credit Quality in Bank of the West Securitization

Extended-term contracts, an increased loan-to-value ratio, and a rise in the number of loans with lower Fico scores are responsible for weakened credit quality in Bank of the West’s $764 million auto trust securitization — the bank’s first of the year — according to a Fitch Ratings’ presale report. The average term of loans securitized […]

Dealership Financing Slips as Customers Prefer Online Options, Survey Shows

Consumers are increasingly opting to skip the dealership when it comes to getting their next auto loan, according to fresh data from Fico. Published last week, Fico’s 2019 U.S. Consumer Survey of Vehicle Finance Perceptions examined how consumers looked at the financing of their vehicle purchases and how auto finance companies are currently meeting their […]

Volkswagen Reenters Capital Markets With $1B Securitization

Volkswagen’s U.S. captive finance arm, Volkswagen Credit Inc., is reentering the prime ABS space with a $1 billion issuance thanks to stronger collateral and credit enhancements, according to presale reports from S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust (VALET) 2018-1’s issuance is VW Credit’s first auto loan securitization since 2014. The […]