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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 […]

Fifth Third Returns to Securitization Market With $1.3B Transaction

Fifth Third Bank’s latest $1.37 billion offering marks the bank’s return to the auto ABS market after a two-year hiatus. The 2019-1 transaction will be Fifth Third’s first auto securitization since the prime lender issued a $1 billion offering in September 2017. While the two transactions share similarities, there are distinctions to be made in […]

Leasing’s New Look: Financiers Give Lease Options a Makeover

From the February issue: With new-car purchases lagging and used-values increasing, captives and OEMs are reimagining lease products to keep their customer bases growing. Roughly a decade ago, 1.4 million new vehicles were leased — a 16% penetration rate. Fast forward to 2019, and lease volume is expected to reach 4.1 million, with penetration as […]

Higher Credit Quality Offsets Reduced Seasoning in CPS Securitization

Despite less loan seasoning in Consumer Portfolio Services’ first securitization of the year, the transaction’s expected loss rate is unchanged from the lender’s previous ABS deal, according to an S&P Global Ratings presale report. An emphasis on higher-tiered borrowers positively impacted the transaction, according to S&P. Specifically, the percentage of borrowers in CPS’s top three […]

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 […]

Ford Motor Credit to Issue $500M Dealer Floorplan ABS

Ford Motor Credit is expected to close its fourth auto securitization on December 21, according to presale reports. The transaction, backed by a $500 million pool of revolving floorplan accounts, is 31.7% smaller than the captive’s last securitization — $732.2 million of notes — which was issued in November. However, the transaction has a 10-year revolving […]

U.S.-China Tariffs, Credit Availability Threaten New-Car Market

Trade disputes and a tightening credit cycle pose risks for U.S. financial institutions, S&P Global Ratings noted in a report released earlier this month. “The hallmark of the auto finance industry is its access to credit and keeping the needle moving,” Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds, told Auto Finance News. “If [credit […]
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