Fitch Affirms 4 Classes of Ford Credit Auto Owner Trust 2012-B

NEW YORK--()--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms four classes from the Ford Credit Auto Owner Trust (FCAOT) 2012-B. A full list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The rating upgrades of the applicable classes in the transaction are a result of strong loss coverage under Fitch's assumptions and stresses in cash flow modeling. The affirmations on the remaining notes in the transactions reflect loss coverage levels consistent with current ratings. The transaction has continued to perform well within Fitch's cumulative net loss expectations to date.

The ratings reflect the quality of Ford Motor Credit Company's (FMCC) retail auto loan originations, the sound financial and legal structure of the transaction, and the strength of the servicing provided by FMCC.

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 the 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 expectations. To date, the transactions have 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 the transaction can be found in the respective appendix listed below. This R&W is 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'

DUE DILIGENCE USAGE

No third-party due diligence was provided or reviewed in relation to this rating action.

Fitch has affirmed FCAOT 2012-B as follows:

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

--Class B at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable

--Class C at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable

--Class D at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds (pub. 14 May 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Criteria for Servicing Continuity Risk in Structured Finance (pub. 17 Jul 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=752340

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 06 Jul 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=867952

Rating Criteria for Structured Finance Servicers (pub. 23 Apr 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=864375

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS (pub. 15 Oct 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=872046

Related Research

Ford Credit Auto Owner Trust 2012-B - Appendix

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=720293

Additional Disclosures

Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/press_releases/content/ridf_frame.cfm?pr_id=994401

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https://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=994401

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Contacts

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John Alberici
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Fitch Ratings, Inc.
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
John Alberici
Associate Director
+1-212-908-0370
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson
Du Trieu
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2091
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, New York, +1 212-908-0278
Email: sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com