BMO Harris Auto Chief Outlines Growth for AutoGravity Partnership

BMO Harris Bank is accepting online auto loan applications in California thanks to a newly inked partnership with AutoGravity, with plans to expand its online business eastward in 2019. “Primarily [the loan applications are] just from the West Coast now, and we anticipate that as the relationship [with AutoGravity] grows, we’ll see a movement more […]

Santander Settles CFPB Allegations of Loan, GAP Misrepresentation

Santander Consumer USA has finalized an agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pay a $2.5 million fine and more than $9 million in restitution, according to a consent order filed by the bureau on Tuesday. Nearly a year after speculation surfaced of a possible consent order, Santander is finally settling November 2017 allegations […]

Subprime Issuers Gain Share of ABS Market

NEW YORK — Though subprime originations have declined, “a greater share of these originations are making their way into the securitization market,” Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance ratings at S&P Global Ratings, said during the agency’s Auto Industry Hot Topics event last month. With banks reducing their loan volume, independent finance companies have […]

Santander Originations Soar 52% Despite FCA Uncertainty

Santander Consumer USA drove origination growth 52% year over year, the company reported in its third-quarter earnings released today. However, executives on the company’s earnings call failed to address Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group’s plans to form its own captive. “We do not have further updates on those discussions,” Chief Financial Officer Juan Carlos said during the […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • October 31, 2018
  • Earnings

Rise of Speculative-Grade Auto ABS Causes Concern, S&P Says

The level of speculative-grade ABS outstandings is six times greater this year than it was in the lead up to the Great Recession in 2006, according to Amy Martin, S&P Global Ratings’ sector lead in U.S. auto ABS. It’s a stat that highlights why “caution is warranted,” in subprime deals today, she said during a […]

Shift Secures $140M in Funding Backed by Lithia Motors

The online car retail and finance platform Shift Technologies secured a $140 million series-D funding round led by Lithia Motors Inc. last week. The funding includes a strategic partnership that will give the startup access to physical locations to scale its business, Toby Russell, co-chief executive of Shift, told AFN. Shift enables consumers to shop […]

Santander to Settle Long-Rumored CFPB Allegations of Loan, GAP Misrepresentation

Nearly a year after speculation of a possible consent order surfaced, Santander Consumer USA is close to settling allegations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it misled consumers about costs of certain loans and the coverage of ancillary insurance products, according to Reuters. Specifically, the subprime lender was accused in November 2017 of allowing […]

Chrysler Capital More Than Doubles Originations in New York

Chrysler Capital is making a big sales push in New York state as the lender’s loan and lease volumes are up 128% year over year for the month of June, according to Experian’s Auto Count data provided to Auto Finance News. The company originated 5,465 contracts across the state, up from 2,391 the same month […]
  • William Hoffman
  • August 28, 2018
  • Earnings
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