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Subprime loan losses decline in prime securitizations

Fresh data from DBRS shows that subprime loans securitized with mostly prime issuance outperform subprime loans in mostly subprime securitizations, according to the rating agency’s Figures on Automotive Securitization Tapes (FAST) report published last week. An issuer’s ABS transaction is categorized as a prime or subprime shelf based on the weighted-average Fico of each securitized […]

More Prime Consumers Opt for Used Cars as Subprime Loses Share

As the percentage of prime and super-prime used-car buyers reached an all-time high in the first quarter, the percentage of subprime loan originations fell to a record low, according to Experian’s Q1 2019 State of the Automotive Finance Market Report published today. “The trend of more prime consumers entering the used market is one we’ve […]

Auto ABS Volume Closes In on $60B

Year-to-date auto securitization volume hit $57.8 billion at the end of April, with prime loan issuance accounting for the lion’s share of transactions, according to research released today by Deutsche Bank. Prime loan securitization volume totaled $23.7 billion, and subprime volume reached $12.8 billion. The remaining volume was comprised of retail lease ($9.8 billion), fleet […]

Fitch Forecasts Subprime Auto ABS to Weaken in 2019

While prime auto lease and loan asset-backed securitizations are projected to remain stable, Fitch Ratings Agency expects the outlook for subprime auto ABS to weaken. In a 2019 consumer lending outlook, Fitch’s Senior Director of ABS Ian Rasmussen said subprime auto asset-backed securities are more vulnerable due to weaker borrower profiles and industry headwinds inflated […]

Bigger Risk Appetites, Less Competition Spur Subprime Volume

After eight straight quarters of credit tightening, lenders are widening risk parameters to reach more subprime borrowers. The reentry into lower credit tiers stems from an increase in lenders’ use of alternative data to underwrite loans, which translates to more affordable options for subprime borrowers, said Brian Landau, senior vice president and automotive business leader […]

Prime Credit Drives Increase in Originations, TransUnion Says

Auto lenders originated 6.79 million loans through the first quarter, which marks the first year over year increase in the number of loans since some financial institutions began pulling back in 3Q16, TransUnion reported on Wednesday in a new report analyzing the strength of consumer credit 10 years after the recession.  The increase was driven by a 3% year-over-year increase […]

Subprime Lenders Willing to Cut Rates to Maintain Volume, Analyst Says

Rising interest rates pose some challenges to subprime lenders, but ultimately, “If you’re willing to cut price there’s plenty of volume — and volumes are strong right now,” Moshe Orenbuch, managing director at Credit Suisse, told Auto Finance News. He explained that subprime lenders have more wiggle room to cut their return on the loan […]