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North America
William Black
Managing Director - Structured Finance
William.Black@moodys.com

Debashish Chatterjee
Associate Managing Director - Structured Finance
Debashish.Chatterjee@moodys.com


EMEA
Alex Cataldo
Senior Vice President
EMEA Origination
Alex.Cataldo@moodys.com

Carole Gintz
VP-Sr Credit Officer
EMEA Surveillance
Carole.Gintz@moodys.com

Asia - Pacific
Yusuke Seki
Senior Vice President
Yusuke.Seki@moodys.com

ABS

Highlights

  • 18 Jul 2016
    • Certain US ABS perform in line with factors other than health of wider economy
      The credit performance of certain commercial and esoteric ABS tends not to deteriorate during economic downturns because the collateral backing the transactions is essential to the business operations of corporate borrowers, or the goods and services are indispensable for consumers or businesses... Press Release l Full Report
  • 29 Jun 2016
    • ABS Briefing event highlights important credit themes and emerging asset classes
      The June 16th event was kicked off with an overview of ABS trends, including continued weakening of underwriting standards in auto loan ABS, the outlook for continued strong performance in credit card ABS with excess spread levels in transactions remaining high, and headwinds facing the marketplace lending ABS sector. The conference also included a panel discussion on emerging ABS asset classes with industry leaders in residential and commercial solar, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and handset (mobile phone) financing. In addition, we held breakout sessions with senior members of our ABS rating teams in the student loan, autos, consumer loan and credit cards, and commercial and esoteric ABS asset classes... Full Report
    • Declining freight volume in North America, is credit negative for US railcar ABS
      The drop in rail freight volume is negative for lease & utilization rates in railcar ABS. The negative effect will be much more significant if the volume decline persists for the next 12 to 18 months. However, we expect volume to start to steady at the end of 2016 and into 2017 The declines in average lease & utilization rates in railcar ABS have been relatively small so far, a result of the diverse cargos that railcars transport as well as the long terms of railcar leases, with remaining lease terms averaging about three years in the transactions that we rate. Although the debt service coverage ratio on railcar ABS will likely begin to deteriorate if lease and utilization rates decline significantly, the securitizations have structural features, such as reserve accounts and long final legal maturities, that provide some protections to the securities. Nevertheless, these protections likely would not be sufficient to overcome the negative effects on the credit performance of the securitizations if the rail freight weakness were to persist for a prolonged period of time... Full Report
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