Non-Mortgage ABS

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March 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Prosper Marketplace Strikes $5 Billion Loan Deal With Investors; Moody’s Says It’s Credit Positive

Online consumer lender Prosper Marketplace, based in San Francisco, recently finalized a deal with a consortium of institutional investors to purchase as much as $5 billion of the lending platform’s unsecured consumer loans during the next two years. The consortium comprises investment bank Jefferies Group LLC and three asset managers: affiliates of New Residential Investment Corp., Third Point LLC, and an unnamed entity of which Soros Fund Management LLC serves as principal investment manager. Under the terms of the deal, the consortium will earn...

March 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Little Utility Seen in Dodd-Frank Mandates on Reps-and-Warrants Reports by Rating Services

A transparency feature included in the Dodd-Frank Act aimed at helping MBS and ABS investors understand the representations and warranties on a transaction has created a significant amount of work for rating services with little benefit for investors, according to officials at ratings firms. Since June 2015, rating services have been required by the DFA to compare the reps and warrants on a transaction they’re rating with a benchmark set of reps and warrants for that asset class. These 17g-7 reports often span hundreds of pages, detailing similarities and differences between the reps and warrants on a specific transaction compared with a set of benchmarks established by the rating services. Claire Mezzanotte, a group managing director and head of global structured finance at DBRS, said...

March 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank ABS Portfolios Continued to Shrink in 2016 as ABS Outstanding Barely Treads Water

The U.S. banking industry is a steady, but not a huge, supporter of the non-mortgage-ABS market, accounting for 17.4 percent of the supply of ABS outstanding at the end of 2016, according to a new call-report analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. By comparison, banks and thrifts held about 26.5 percent of MBS outstanding at yearend. Although ABS issuance since the financial crisis has dwarfed production of non-agency MBS, the market still hasn’t fully recovered. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association reports that total ABS outstanding – not including collateralized debt obligations – declined by 0.3 percent during the fourth quarter to $712.1 billion. That’s still well below the total outstanding at the end of 2007, $899.8 billion. Commercial banks and thrifts reported...[Includes two data tables]

March 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Participants Push for Certain Regulatory Reforms While Embracing DFA’s Risk-Retention Rules

As Democrats in Congress worked on reforms after the financial crisis, issuers of MBS and ABS repeatedly warned that regulatory uncertainty would hurt the market. With Republicans now looking to roll back parts of the Dodd-Frank Act, industry participants are pushing for risk-retention requirements to remain in place, again citing the potential impact of regulatory uncertainty. “It’s foolish to think that we would try to tear it all down,” said Howard Kaplan, a partner at the law firm of Deloitte & Touche, during this week’s SFIG Vegas conference. Among many other changes, the CHOICE Act from Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, would repeal...

March 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Turnout at SFIG Vegas Conference, But Investors Still Largely Lack Confidence in Non-Agency MBS

The SFIG Vegas conference this week set another attendance record for the annual event, demonstrating strong interest in the structured finance market. While investors are comfortable with most asset classes of MBS and ABS, significant concerns remain about non-agency MBS. More than 6,700 people registered for the conference, according to Jade Friedensohn, director of programming at Information Management Network, which produced the conference along with the Structured Finance Industry Group. Potential investors in non-agency MBS continued...

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...


With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.


Yes, by a lot.


Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.


No, not at all.


No and we may even tighten credit.