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Carvana Prices Inaugural Securitization

Online used-car retailer Carvana priced its inaugural asset-backed securitization on March 27, 2019. “The transaction was squarely in line with our expectations for an inaugural deal, yielding strong proceeds and leaving a clear path toward achieving our long-term goals,” Chief Executive Ernie Garcia said in a press release. The $338.8 million securitization consists of notes backed by […]

Retouching Operations: Bank of the West Adds to Its Financing Palette

From the March issue: Despite a recent industrywide rise in auto loan delinquencies, one legacy prime lender is expanding its product set to satisfy dealer partners. “We needed to reinvent our business model,” Bank of the West Executive Vice President of Personal Finance Michael Pereira told Auto Finance News. “Bank of the West has a […]

Will Ride-Hailing Replace Personally-Owned Cars? Execs Weigh In

LAS VEGAS —  The disruptive impact that ride-hailing companies are having on auto finance is evident with the success of Uber and Lyft. While both companies are not profitable, Uber 's revenue surged 43% to $11.3 billion in 2018 and Lyft's revenue doubled to $2.2 billion. However, the question confronting auto finance is whether ride-hailing […]

Roadblocks Ahead for Consumer-Owned AV Adoption, Execs Say

LAS VEGAS — While autonomous vehicle fleets are sparking widespread interest in the industry, executives at an SFIG 2019 panel said widespread adoption of consumer-owned AVs is still at least a decade away. “We’re in the early stages of an industry revolution,” said Theresa O’Neill, managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The consensus […]

Borrowers Granted Extensions Four Times More Likely to Repay Loans, KBRA Finds

Despite Honor Finance’s previous unorthodox loan extension practices, new research by Kroll Bond Rating Agency maintains that loan extensions remain a viable loss-mitigation tool for securitization servicers. "In moderation, extensions are a very useful tool — they maximize cash flow to the ABS trust," Brian Ford, senior director of structured finance research at KBRA, told Auto […]

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 […]

GM Financial Joins Startup Blockchain Network for Fraud Prevention

General Motors Financial Co. is turning to blockchain technology from Spring Labs to strengthen fraud prevention and detection capabilities. Spring Labs, which counts GM Financial as its “cornerstone partner” in the auto finance space, is building a blockchain-based network of finance and technology companies, company Founder and Chief Executive Adam Jiwan told Auto Finance News. […]

GM Financial Notches 32% Loan Origination Growth in 2018

General Motors Financial Co. continues to bolster retail loan growth with a 31.7% yearly rise in originations, the company reported Wednesday. “We navigated significant headwinds in 2018 to deliver another year of strong results, demonstrating the earnings resiliency of this company,” General Motors’ Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara said in a statement. “The actions we’ve […]
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