Fitch: U.S. ABCP Portfolios Exhibit Predictable Characteristics

NEW YORK--()--Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: U.S. ABCP Portfolio Review Summary

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=746849

U.S. ABCP conduits remain a significant source of funding for core bank clients and provide a valuable offering for investors, according to Fitch Ratings. Despite declines in outstandings, collateral credit quality and performance measures remain strong and transaction structures robust.

In late March, Fitch affirmed 25 U.S. ABCP programs following the completion of its annual portfolio review. The rating actions were based on a review of the conduits' portfolio compositions and the vehicles' credit and structural protections such as transaction-specific and program-wide credit and liquidity support.

Outstandings across the 25 programs totaled $106 billion. Auto and commercial, trade receivables, credit cards and student loans account for most of the conduit holdings. Facility utilization rates across the portfolio were flat from last year at 63%.

Fitch has published a report summarizing its findings, 'U.S. ABCP Portfolio Review Summary'. The results are generally consistent with observed market activity over the last several years. The report includes a review of trends in ABCP outstandings, portfolio compositions and facility utilization rates.

Fitch's credit outlook for U.S. ABCP for the remainder of 2014 remains stable. This is consistent with the outlook for the financial institutions that act as liquidity support and credit enhancement providers. ABCP rating actions, if taken, will most likely reflect the health of sponsors, support providers, and other relevant counterparties.

'U.S. ABCP Portfolio Review Summary' is available at 'www.fitchratings.com' or by clicking on the above link:

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Kevin Corrigan, +1 212-908-9156
Senior Director
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Brian Perry, +1 212-908-0142
Associate Director
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com