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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Honor Finance’s 2016 securitization has been withdrawn from Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s surveillance after being paid in full, the rating agency announced this week.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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

Auto Finance News’ Top 5 Stories of 2018

It was an interesting year. Early in 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it would form a captive unit. The end of the year saw the arrest of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance head Carlos Ghosn. And there was plenty of news in between. What follows are AFN editors’ picks for top five stories of 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles […]

Honor Finance’s Securitization at Risk for Second Downgrade, S&P Warns

Subprime auto lender Honor Finance’s 2016 ABS issuance is on track for a second downgrade, according to S&P Global Ratings. The rating agency last week placed a tranche of notes under downgrade watch, noting that cumulative net losses (CNLs) rose to 27.2% compared with 13.4% during the past four months following the lender’s first downgraded […]
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