NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (“KBRA”) announces the preliminary ratings to four classes of DT Auto Owner Trust 2014-1 (“DTAOT 2014-1”), a subprime auto asset-backed securities transaction.
DTAOT 2014-1 is collateralized by approximately $350.0 million of subprime auto loan receivables. The preliminary ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 64.01% for the Class A notes to 25.00% for the Class D notes, which build to 67.46% and 28.45% for the Class A and Class D notes, respectively.
DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. (“DriveTime”) has issued 47 securitizations since 1996, including two securitizations in 2013, two in 2012 and three in 2011. DTAOT 2014-1 represents DriveTime’s first securitization of 2014. As of September 30, 2013, DriveTime owns and operates 107 “DriveTime” branded car dealerships across 20 states.
KBRA applied its U.S. Auto Loan ABS methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and DriveTime’s historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of DriveTime, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.
Preliminary Ratings Assigned: DT Auto Owner Trust 2014-1
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All Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations are required, pursuant to SEC Rule 17g-7, to provide a description of a transaction’s representations, warranties and enforcement mechanisms that are available to investors when issuing credit ratings. KBRA’s disclosure for this transaction can be found in the report: https://www.krollbondratings.com/show_report/977.
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