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17 Feb 2011
Approximately $1.3 billion of asset-backed securities affected
New York, February 17, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned definitive ratings to the notes
issued by Ally Auto Receivables Trust (AART) 2011-1.
The complete rating actions are as follows:
Issuer: Ally Auto Receivables Trust 2011-1
A-1 Notes, rated Prime-1 (sf)
A-2 Notes, rated Aaa (sf)
A-3 Notes, rated Aaa (sf)
A-4 Notes, rated Aaa (sf)
B Notes, rated Aa3 (sf)
C Notes, rated A2 (sf)
The principal methodology used in rating Ally Auto Receivables Trust 2011-1
was Moody's Approach to Rating U.S. Auto Loan-Backed
Securities, rating methodology published in June 2007.
Moody's Investors Service did not receive or take into account a
third party due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial
instruments in this transaction.
Moody's median cumulative net loss expectation for the AART 2011-1
pool is 1.50% and the Volatility Proxy Aaa Level is 10.00%.
Moody's net loss expectation and Volatility Proxy Aaa Level for the AART
2011-1 transaction are derived from an analysis of the credit quality
of the underlying collateral, historical performance trends,
the ability of Ally Financial Inc. to perform the servicing functions,
and expectations for future economic conditions.
The V Score for this transaction is Low/Medium, which is consistent
with the Low/Medium V score assigned for the U.S. Prime
Retail Auto Loan ABS sector. The V Score indicates "Low/Medium"
uncertainty about critical assumptions. While this is only the
eighth retail loan securitization for Ally Bank, the early performance
for the existing deals has been strong. Securitization experience
for Ally Bank's parent, Ally Financial Inc. (formerly
GMAC Inc.), dates back to the mid-1980's.
AART 2011-1 should benefit from this experience having Ally Financial
as the servicer for the transaction. The most notable differences
between the AART 2011-1 securitized pool and the securitized pool
from Ally Bank's most recent auto loan securitization, AART
2010-5, is the higher percentage of contracts with original
terms greater than 60 months (55% for AART 2011-1 and 47%
for AART 2010-5) and a lower weighted average FICO score of 760
for AART 2011-1 versus 763 for AART 2010-5. A higher
percentage of contracts with original terms greater than 60 months typically
has a negative impact on pool performance as does a lower weighted average
FICO score. Nonetheless, a weighted average FICO score of
760 for AART 2011-1 is quite high. In addition, early
performance of Ally Bank retail loan securitizations from 2009 and 2010
is strong to date which is an important consideration along with conducting
a deal-by-deal comparison of collateral.
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potential for significant rating changes owing to uncertainty around the
assumptions due to data quality, historical performance, the
level of disclosure, transaction complexity, the modeling
and the transaction governance that underlie the ratings. V Scores
apply to the entire transaction (rather than individual tranches).
Moody's Parameter Sensitivities: If the net loss used in determining
the initial rating were changed from 1.50% to 4.00%
the initial model-indicated output might change from Aaa to Aa1
for the Class A notes, from Aa3 to Baa3 for the Class B notes,
and from A2 to B2 for the Class C notes. If the net loss were changed
to 5.00% the initial model-indicated output might
change to Aa2 for the Class A notes, to Ba3 for the Class B notes,
and to below B3 for the Class C notes. If the net loss were changed
to 6.50% the initial model-indicated output might
change to A2 for the Class A notes and below B3 for the Class B and Class
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Senior Vice President
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's assigns definitive ratings to Ally Auto Receivables Trust 2011-1
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