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Thinning margins spur Ford Credit downgrade

Ford Motor Co.'s weakened credit profile will likely have negative implications for its access to funding and financing volumes after a downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service this week. The downgrade moved Ford’s rating to non-investment speculative-grade status.  Moody’s said an upgrade for Ford is “unlikely in the near term,” as margins are expected to remain […]

Securitization residual values hit 12-year low

The average residual value expected in auto lease securitizations this year dropped to a level unseen since 2007, according to a report published last week by Moody’s Investors Service. Residual value risk, as measured by securitizations’ residual value settings, was set at an average of 46.2% of MSRP, down from 47.1% in 2018. “The lower […]

Loose auto underwriting points to ‘weak’ credit outlook, Moody’s says

Lenders did little to tighten auto loan underwriting last quarter despite worsening delinquency trends. Last quarter, 3.5% of bank respondents in the Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported to have somewhat tightened credit standards. The remaining 96.5% said standards remained basically unchanged. Given the "rapid rise in auto loan debt," however, banks would […]

China’s auto ABS market tops $4.5B on heels of Geely deal

China’s asset-backed securities market is a growing funding source for auto lenders, as issuance has topped $4.5 billion (RMB31.2 billion) this year, according to data from S&P Global Ratings’ China Securitization Performance Watch report.  “We expect improving debt serviceability, enhanced underwriting and risk control, and securitization’s structural protection to continue to support the robust performance […]

Longer-term loans weigh down USAA securitization

Nearly two-thirds of the loans in USAA’s first asset-backed securitization of the year have terms longer than 60 months — a first for the company, according to a Moody’s Investors Service pre-sale report published Tuesday. In the $503 million transaction, 64% of loans have an original term greater than 60 months, which is the highest proportion of […]
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