Fitch to Rate Honda Auto Receivables 2014-4 Owner Trust; Issues Presale

NEW YORK--()--Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: Honda Auto Receivables 2014-4 Owner Trust (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=812548

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings and Rating Outlooks to the Honda Auto Receivables 2014-4 Owner Trust notes:

--$284,200,000 class A-1 'F1+sf';

--$249,000,000 class A-2 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$376,000,000 class A-3 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$90,800,000 class A-4 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Strong Credit Quality: The credit quality of 2014-4, as measured by the weighted average (WA) Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO) score of 757 and internal credit score tiering, is consistent with recent 2014 pools. New vehicles total 90.6%, and the WA seasoning is 12.99 months.

Consistent Credit Enhancement Structure: The cash flow distribution is a sequential-pay structure. Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is 2.75% (subordination of 2.50% and a 0.25% reserve). A yield supplement account (YSA) increases the effective WA APR and, thus, excess spread (XS), which totals 2.26% in 2014-4. All structural features are consistent with 2014-3.

Strong Portfolio/Securitization Performance: Losses on AHFC's portfolio and 2010?2013 securitizations have been low historically and have remained well below peak levels seen in 2008 due to stronger quality originations and healthy used vehicle values, which have supported higher recovery rates.

Stable Corporate Health: Fitch rates AHFC 'F1' and its parent, Honda, 'F1/A'/Stable. AHFC has recorded positive corporate financial results in recent years, while the overall health of Honda has remained strong.

Consistent Origination/Underwriting/Servicing: AHFC demonstrates adequate capabilities as originator, underwriter and servicer, as evidenced by historical portfolio delinquency and loss experience and securitization performance. Fitch deems AHFC capable to service 2014-4.

Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of AHFC would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults and loss severity on defaulted receivables could produce loss levels higher than the base case. This in turn could result in potential rating actions on the notes. Fitch evaluated the sensitivity of the ratings assigned to all classes of 2014-3 to increased losses over the life of the transaction. Fitch's analysis found that the notes display limited sensitivity to increased defaults and losses, showing no expected impact on the rating of the notes under Fitch's moderate (1.5x base case loss) scenario. The notes could experience a downgrade of one rating category under Fitch's severe (2.5x base case loss) scenario.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated Nov. 12, 2014. Fitch's analysis of the Representations and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in Honda Auto Receivables 2014-4 Owner Trust -- Appendix'. These 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 Global Structured Finance Transactions' dated Oct. 31, 2014.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 2014);

--'Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS' (April 2014);

--'Structured Finance Tranche Thickness Metrics' (July 2011);

--'Honda Auto Receivables 2014-4 Owner Trust - Appendix' (Oct 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=738718

Structured Finance Tranche Thickness Metrics

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=646951

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=925075

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Eugene Kushnir
Associate Director
+1 212-908-0830
Fitch Ratings, Inc., 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Timothy McNally
Analyst
+1 212-908-0830
or
Committee Chairperson
Hylton Heard
Senior Director
+1 212-908-0214
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com

Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Eugene Kushnir
Associate Director
+1 212-908-0830
Fitch Ratings, Inc., 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Timothy McNally
Analyst
+1 212-908-0830
or
Committee Chairperson
Hylton Heard
Senior Director
+1 212-908-0214
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com