Consumer ABS Update for November

Monthly Commentary

December 06, 2019


  • Nearly $19B in ABS was issued in November, bringing YTD supply to $237B. Sentiment overall was very positive with investors continuing to allocate into the sector, driving a number of deals to upsize and/or to price tighter than initial guidance. Autos led the way with close to 60% of the issuance, followed by more esoteric sectors in whole business at 7%, and aircraft at 6%.
  • A few highlights include:
    • Hertz, the car rental company, upsized its transaction from $505mm to $800mm on better than expected interest and priced the three tranches tighter than initial guidance. The 5yr AAA priced at 113/n, while the two subordinate tranches priced at 150/n and 190/n
    • Dominos priced a $675mm 9yr whole business deal at 195/n. The pricing level was 20bps better than guidance as the deal saw strong demand. The issuance allowed for the issuer to increase its overall leverage
    • Santander, an originator of subprime auto loans, introduced its first revolving deal. The structure allows for the issuer to add additional receivables to a revolving pool of subprime auto loans. The deal included 5yr tranches rated from AAA to BBB and priced at 100/n, 130/n, 150/n, and 190/n for the AAA, AA, A, and BBB tranches respectively
    • LendingClub, the marketplace consumer loan originator, issued its third deal of the year. The $340mm transaction included three tranches that priced at 90/e for the A rated, 190/n for the BBB, and 315/n for the BB
    • GE Capital Aviation Services brought a $446mm aircraft deal backed by 20 narrowbody aircrafts. The senior tranche with a 5yr weighted average life (WAL) priced at roughly 200/n with the two subordinated pieces pricing at roughly 307/n and 520/n
    • Napier Park issued a railcar deal with a capital structure consisting of shorter 2yr WALs to longer 10yr WALs. The A rated tranches priced at 130/n, 160/n, and 220/n for the 2yr, 5yr, and 10yr respectively, while the 10yr WAL BBB subordinate piece priced at 350/n and the BB at 500/n


Spreads in secondary took cues from the strength seen in primary, leading to tightening across many sectors in ABS. Flow products in cards and autos tightened 2-4bps, while car rentals moved in 5-10bps. FFELP, on the other hand, remains soft with the sector widening out 5-10bps. Aircraft remained steady, trading in the +200 area despite heavy issuance in primary over the past couple of months

Market News

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