Kroll Bond Rating Agency Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-1

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-1 (FCAT 2016-1), a subprime auto asset-backed securities transaction.

The collateral in the FCAT 2016-1 deal will include approximately $459.2 million of loans at closing. The ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 30.75% for the Class A notes to 4.75% for the Class D notes, which build to 36.00% and 10.00% for the Class A and Class D notes, respectively.

This transaction includes loans originated from both the Flagship Credit Acceptance (FCA) and CarFinance Capital LLC (CarFinance) branded origination channels. On January 1, 2015, Perella Weinberg Partners’ Asset Based Value Strategy (PWP) closed a merger of its two auto loan platforms, FCA and CarFinance. The parent company of the combined entity is FC HoldCo LLC (Flagship). FCA is an experienced originator and servicer of subprime auto loans with FCA and the former, Flagship Credit Corporation having originated and serviced subprime auto loans for 10 years. Following the merger, Michael Ritter became CEO of the combined company after holding the same position at FCA.

KBRA applied its U.S. Auto Loan ABS methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and Flagship’s historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment the originator and servicer, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

For complete details on the analysis, please see KBRA’s Pre-Sale Report, Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-1 Presale Report, which was published today at www.kbra.com.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-1

Class       Rating       Expected Initial Class Principal
A       AA(sf)       $327,170,000
B       A(sf)       $50,050,000
C       BBB(sf)       $45,460,000
D       BB(sf)       $23,880,000
           

Related Publications:

U.S. Auto Loan ABS Rating Methodology

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Contacts

Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Analytical Contacts:
Rosemary Kelley, Managing Director
(646) 731-2337
rkelley@kbra.com
or
William Carson, Director
(646) 731-2405
wcarson@kbra.com
or
David Shin, Senior Analyst
(646) 731-2459
dshin@kbra.com

Contacts

Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Analytical Contacts:
Rosemary Kelley, Managing Director
(646) 731-2337
rkelley@kbra.com
or
William Carson, Director
(646) 731-2405
wcarson@kbra.com
or
David Shin, Senior Analyst
(646) 731-2459
dshin@kbra.com