Non-Mortgage ABS

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February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Compliance Pros Weigh Likely Effect Risk Retention Will Have on Structured Aircraft, SFR Securitization

It is two months into 2017, and compliance attorneys are still trying to discern some of the finer nuances of applying the Dodd-Frank Act’s risk-retention requirements to various sectors of the secondary market beyond residential MBS. One such area is structured aircraft portfolio transactions. In a recently issued white paper, attorneys from the Clifford Chance law firm and four other U.S. law firms looked at applying the rules to a typical issuance of securities by a newly formed special-purpose vehicle that owns (or will own) a portfolio of aircraft and related leases. They note...

February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

TGI Friday’s Brings First Whole-Business Securitization of 2017 With $450 Million Deal

Securities investors will soon be able to have a taste of the revenues generated by Long Island iced teas and Jack Daniel’s glazed chicken strips as TGI Friday’s is set to issue a $450.0 million whole-business securitization. The planned TGIF Funding LLC Series 2017-1 received ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and S&P Global Ratings this month. KBRA assigned BBB ratings to both tranches of the security while S&P assigned BBB- ratings. The deal follows...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Industry Participants Pushing for Delay Of Pending Swap-Margin Posting Requirements

Swap-margin posting requirements established by federal regulators are set to take effect on March 1. The Structured Finance Industry Group is leading a push for delayed implementation as securities issuers are having trouble determining how to comply with the standards. The swap-margin rules were required by the Dodd-Frank Act and drafted in 2015 by federal banking regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Unlike requirements set by European regulators, the U.S. rules lack a general exemption from compliance for securitization special-purpose vehicles. Securitization SPVs issue various types of MBS and ABS. SFIG noted...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Sectors Adjusting to Risk-Retention Requirements, Some Avoiding Horizontal Option

Risk-retention requirements for the majority of MBS and ABS sectors were in effect by the end of December, and industry participants have largely adjusted to them, according to analysts. The Dodd-Frank Act generally requires sponsors of ABS, non-agency MBS and commercial MBS to retain at least 5.0 percent of each deal. The retention requirements for residential mortgages took effect at the end of 2015, though most deals have been backed completely by qualified mortgages, which makes them exempt from risk retention. Other asset types have...

February 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Residential to Issue $400 Million ABS Backed by Servicer-Advances on Loans Serviced by Ocwen

An affiliate of New Residential Investment is preparing to issue a $400.0 million ABS backed by servicer-advance receivables, according to S&P Global Ratings. The ABS relates to mortgages serviced by Ocwen Financial. NRZ Advance Receivables Trust 2015-ON1 Series 2017-T1 received preliminary AAA ratings from S&P. In addition to citing strengths in the structure of the ABS to support a AAA rating, S&P noted that it upgraded its servicer ratings for Ocwen from “below average” to “average” in September. Series 2017-T1 is...

February 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Lays Out Securitization Reform Priorities as Republicans Plan to Repeal/Replace Dodd-Frank Act

With Republicans looking to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act and pass new standards that will impact MBS and ABS, the Structured Finance Industry Group recently reviewed areas for reform along with how industry participants can push for changes. The review was completed by SFIG staff and Lewis Cohen, a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells. “It would be a mistake to assume that a simple repeal of Dodd-Frank would be sufficient to address many of the regulatory frictions that have impeded the use of securitization to provide funding and create growth in the real economy,” SFIG said. While MBS and ABS participants have long pushed for a loosening of the mandatory risk-retention requirements set by the DFA, SFIG said...

January 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

AFSA Panelists Say Subprime Auto Lending Market Healthy Despite Rising Delinquencies

The subprime auto lending market is stable and the underwriting is strong, but delinquencies are up, according to credit bureau experts speaking at the American Financial Services Association’s vehicle financing conference. The auto financing industry is coming off another record year of sales, according to Chris Stinebert, president and CEO of AFSA. He added that it’s important for credit reporting agencies to set the record straight on the health of the subprime auto finance market. “The fact is...

January 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

ABS Participants See Benefits in OCC’s Potential Regulation Of Marketplace Lenders, State Regulators Strongly Oppose

Marketplace lenders could benefit from the development of special-purpose national bank charters for financial technology companies under consideration by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, according to ABS participants. However, the proposal has been met with strong opposition from state regulators, as it would preempt state oversight of certain nonbanks. In December, the OCC requested comments about a potential special-purpose national bank charter for so-called fintech companies, including marketplace lenders. The Structured Finance Industry Group endorsed...

January 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Settles Pre-Crisis Rating Charges for $864 Million; SEC Cites Rating Services for More Recent Problems

Moody’s Investors Service agreed to a $863.79 million settlement with the Department of Justice, 21 states and Washington, DC, late last week. The settlement focused on rating activities between 2004 and 2010 involving residential MBS and collateralized debt obligations. According to the settlement, Moody’s used an internal ratings model for most tranches of certain residential MBS that was more lenient than its published guidelines, allowing for lower credit enhancement levels than what the published guidelines required. The internal model was based...

January 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite Some Rebound in Credit Cards and Student Loans, ABS Issuance Was Flat in 2016

A soft fourth quarter resulted in a modest uptick in non-mortgage ABS in 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. A few sectors posted solid gains, however. The market produced $174.71 billion of new ABS last year, up just 0.6 percent from the total for 2015. New issuance turned decidedly soft in the fourth quarter with only $34.24 billion in volume. That was down 36.7 percent from the previous period and represented the second-lowest quarterly output since the third quarter of 2012. All the major components of the ABS market saw...[Includes two data tables]

January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Multiple ABS Sectors Expected to Turn in Stable Performances This Year, Analysts Say

With financial markets awaiting, with some uncertainty, the public policy positions of the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress, industry analysts say ABS investors can expect most sectors to turn in stable performances in 2017. “As we look back on 2016 and consider the 2017 global structured finance outlook, most markets and their credit conditions seem favorable, and in some cases, even ideal. However, 2017 has many unknowns, especially the specific policies and priorities that will be adopted by the new U.S. administration,” said analysts with S&P Global Ratings in a recent outlook report. “Some would suggest government-sponsored enterprise privatization is possible, risk retention could be revised, and an appropriate/globally consistent capital treatment for structured finance products could be approved.” Further, “For the most part, we expect...


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