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Westlake likely to take over SNAAC servicing

Westlake Portfolio Management will likely be tapped to handle servicing for Security National Automobile Acceptance Co.’s portfolio, Auto Finance News has learned. SNAAC announced yesterday that it will shutter operations this month. No firm details were given regarding the third-party servicer, but Westlake Portfolio Management has been ramping up business, reaching more than $500 million […]

BREAKING: SNAAC to shut down this month

Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. (SNAAC) will stop purchasing auto contracts and liquidate its portfolio after 30 years in the business, Auto Finance News has learned. The lender will accept applications through Aug. 12 and purchase contracts through Aug. 19, the lender told AFN in an email. "The risk-adjusted returns in today’s market do not […]

Honor Finance to square off against equity firm in $25M lawsuit

Honor Finance Founder James Collins will face off in a hearing this week against private equity firm CIVC Partners, which sued the now-defunct lender for $25 million for alleged fraud, according to a complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court.  Chicago-based CIVC, which acquired Honor Finance in October 2011, claims that the lender misrepresented the […]

KBRA Withdraws Ratings as Honor Finance Securitization Winds Down

Honor Finance’s 2016 securitization has been withdrawn from Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s surveillance after being paid in full, the rating agency announced this week. The transaction had suffered two downgrades since July 2018, a month before the defunct company transferred its servicing to Westlake Portfolio Management. On June 17, servicer Westlake Portfolio Management exercised its […]

KBRA Downgrades Honor Finance Securitization — Again

Honor Finance’s 2016 asset-backed securitization has been downgraded for a second time by Kroll Bond Rating Agency due to cumulative net losses increasing to 31.2% compared with 29.4% over three collection periods, the rating agency reported April 25. The now-defunct subprime lender’s Class B notes were downgraded to B+ from BB+, and its Class C […]

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 […]

Westlake Financial Aims for Another Year of Growth in 2019

Westlake Financial is shooting for 20% growth in 2019 on the heels of expansion of its direct lending platform and several other units, the lender announced last week. Westlake's portfolio shot up 35% last year, to a record $8.33 billion, with 40.5% of originations in the prime and near-prime credit tiers. Westlake Financial attributed some […]
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