Fitch Affirms 2 Classes of Honda Auto Receivables 2012-3 Owner Trust

NEW YORK--()--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms two classes of Honda Auto Receivables 2012-3 Owner Trust as follows:

--Class A-3 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--Class A-4 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The transaction has exceeded performance to date relative to Fitch's initial cumulative net loss expectation of 0.90%. The affirmations of the A-3 and A-4 notes reflect loss coverage levels consistent with current ratings. The stable outlooks on the notes reflect Fitch's view that the transaction will continue to perform well.

RATING SENSITIVITY

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults and loss severity could produce loss levels higher than the current projected base case loss proxy and impact available loss coverage and multiple levels. Lower loss coverage could impact ratings and outlooks, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

In Fitch's initial review of the transaction, the notes were found to have limited sensitivity to a 1.5x and 2.5x increase of Fitch's base case loss expectation. To date, the transaction has exhibited strong performance with losses well within Fitch's initial expectation with rising loss coverage and multiple levels. As such, a material deterioration in performance would have to occur within the asset pool to have potential negative impact on the outstanding ratings.

Fitch's analysis of the Representation and Warranties (R&W) of 2012-3 can be found in Honda Auto Receivables 2012-3 Owner Trust Appendix'. The R&W are compared to those of typical R&W for the asset class as detailed in the special report 'Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in the Global Structured Finance Transactions' dated April 17, 2012.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS'(April 10, 2013);

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 24, 2013);

--'Honda Auto Receivables 2012-3 Owner Trust Appendix' (July 16, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS - Effective April 10, 2013 to April 7, 2014

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=704137

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria - Effective from 24 May 2013 - 20 May 2014

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=708661

Honda Auto Receivables 2012-3 Owner Trust -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=684150

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=833979

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Contacts

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Puloma Mukherjee
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Fitch Ratings, Inc.
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Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Puloma Mukherjee
Associate Director
+1 212-908-9131
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Eugene Kushnir
Associate Director
+1 212-908-0830
or
Committee Chairperson
Bradley Sohl
Senior Director
+1 212-908-0792
or
Media Relations, New York
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com