NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following rating and Outlook to the notes issued by Mercedes Benz Master Owner Trust (MBMOT) 2012-B:
--$250,000,000 Class A 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.
Key Rating Drivers
Good Quality of Receivables: The receivables backing 2012-B are backed by 91% new vehicles and mainly MB and other OEM new and used vehicles and are geographically diverse.
Asset Concentrations: Dealers are subject to specific concentration limits, mitigating the risk of individual dealer defaults and losses. Additionally, vehicle type concentration limits provide further diversification.
Strong Dealer Network: Based on a review of dealer financial metrics, including absorption rates, operating profits, and dealer net worth metrics, the financial health of the participating dealer network is viewed as historically strong, with the majority of dealers being profitable in 2012.
Strong Trust Performance: MBMOT has continued to experience positive trends in overall performance, including elevated monthly payment rates (MPRs) and asset yields, low agings and delinquencies, and no dealer defaults and trust losses.
Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Initial credit enhancement (CE) for the class A notes is 18.62%, consisting of 18.00% required overcollateralization (OC) amount and a 0.62% reserve account. Structural features include OC step up and early amortization triggers, which mitigate risks stemming from dealer/manufacturer defaults/bankruptcies.
Consistent Origination and Servicing: MBFS demonstrates adequate abilities as an originator, underwriter, and servicer, as evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of MBMOT.
Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction provides that a bankruptcy of MBFS would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.
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Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (June 6, 2012);
--'Global Rating Criteria for Dealer Floorplan ABS' (Jan. 25, 2012);
--'Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions' (March 20, 2012).
Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Mercedes-Benz Master Owner Trust, Series 2012-B (US ABS)
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
Global Rating Criteria for Dealer Floorplan ABS
Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions