Fitch Affirms Honda Auto Receivables 2012-2 Owner Trust

NEW YORK--()--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms three classes of the Honda Auto Receivables 2012-2 Owner Trust transaction as follows:

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

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

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The ratings are based on available credit enhancement and loss performance. The collateral pool continues to perform within Fitch's expectations. Under the credit enhancement structure, the securities are able to withstand stress scenarios consistent with the current ratings and make full payments to investors in accordance with the terms of the documents.

The ratings reflect the quality of Honda Motor Co., Ltd retail auto loan originations, the strength of its servicing capabilities, and the sound financial and legal structure of the transaction.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

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 multiples levels for the transaction. Lower loss coverage could impact ratings and Rating 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 expectations 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 this transaction can be found in 'Honda Auto Receivables 2012-2 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 the Global Structured Finance Transactions' dated Oct. 31, 2014.

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

Applicable Criteria and related research:

--'Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS' (April 7, 2014);

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (August 4, 2014);

--'Honda Auto Receivables 2012-2 Owner Trust - Appendix'

(April 25, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS

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

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Honda Auto Receivables 2012-2 Owner Trust - Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=720339

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=980351

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Contacts

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Puloma Mukherjee, +1-212-908-9131
Analyst
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Hylton Heard, +1-212-908-1214
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Puloma Mukherjee, +1-212-908-9131
Analyst
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Hylton Heard, +1-212-908-1214
Senior Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Du Trieu, +1-212-908-2091
Senior Director
or
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, New York, +1-212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com