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 […]

Westlake Financial Integrates AI Anti-Fraud Solution

Westlake Financial has enlisted the services of PointPredictive, an artificial intelligence-enabled risk management and anti-fraud solution. Westlake will use the scoring solution – called Auto Fraud Manager – to identify misrepresentation and prevent delinquency on high-risk applications. The risk engine is based on an algorithm that is trained with each new lender’s data set. More […]

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 […]

4 Auto Finance Trends Shaping the Chinese Market

It’s clear that China’s auto finance market is vastly different from the United States, but it’s hard to conceptualize those differences until you’re on the ground facing them head-on. In hosting the Auto Finance Summit Asia earlier this month, the AFN team learned a lot about the industry as it exists in China from difficulties […]

Ramping Up Operations With an Eye Toward Acquisition

If there is one lesson Westlake Financial Services has learned since it started purchasing portfolios back in 2011, it’s to prepare for hiccups along the way. However, the typically subprime lender has also discovered the essential practices businesses should incorporate for successful acquisitions and overall growth. Westlake leverages its third-party division, Westlake Portfolio Management, to […]

Westlake Leads in Subprime ABS Volume With Third Securitization

Westlake Financial Services is one of the main drivers of new auto asset-backed securitization volume in the subprime space following its third securitization of 2018, Brian Ford, the chartered financial analyst of structured finance research at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, told Auto Finance News. The latest $1 billion deal pushes Westlake’s total volume to around $3 […]

Westlake Financial Joins Executive Panel at Auto Finance Summit Asia

Westlake Financial Services will join a panel comprised of other leading  U.S. auto lenders at Auto Finance Summit Asia next month to share best practices for how lenders can grow business in the industry’s competitive landscape. Westlake’s Chief Financial Officer Paul Kerwin will join U.S. Bank’s Executive Vice President of Dealer Services John Hyatt and […]
  • William Hoffman
  • August 7, 2018
  • Asia
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