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

Recreating Chrysler Capital

Nearly 10 years after Chrysler LLC came to the government seeking a $12.5 billion bailout in the midst of the financial crisis, and eight years after Cerberus Capital Management sold Chrysler Financial to TD Bank, the OEM may finally get back its captive finance arm, the company announced in late May. A lot has changed […]

Santander Grows Originations by 45% Amid Chrysler Capital Sales Negotiations

Santander Consumer USA drove origination growth by 45% in 2Q18, the company reported in its quarterly earnings call. Total auto originations were $7.9 billion compared to $5.5 billion at the same time the year prior. “We had a strong second quarter, with clear momentum in our business performance and continued regulatory progress,” Scott Powell, president […]

FCA Dealer Excited to Welcome a True FCA Captive

If Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is successful in its endeavors to form an internal captive arm, it would be a boon to the OEMs car sales, Dan Fields, president of Fields Automotive Group, told Auto Finance News. In late May, FCA announced its intentions to form a captive arm and possibly buy the Chrysler Capital portfolio […]

FCA Seeks to Jumpstart Operations With Purchase of Chrysler Capital

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group will likely move fast to acquire Santander Consumer USA’s Chrysler Capital portfolio because it will provide an instant revenue stream for the OEM and the ability to retain customer brand loyalty, said Jack Micenko, auto finance analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group. Micenko estimates the portfolio is worth a conservative $1.2 billion, […]
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