Fitch to Rate GM Financial Automobile Leasing Trust 2016-2; Issues Presale

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings and Rating Outlooks to the notes issued by GM Financial Automobile Leasing Trust 2016-2

--$138,000,000 Class A-1 asset-backed notes 'F1+sf';

--$380,000,000 Class A-2-A/B asset-backed notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$375,620,000 Class A-3 asset-backed notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$90,000,000 Class A-4 asset-backed notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$46,120,000 Class B asset-backed notes 'AAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$42,530,000 Class C asset-backed notes 'Asf'; Outlook Stable;

--$32,950,000 Class D asset-backed notes 'BBBsf'; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Strong Collateral Quality: 2016-2 has a strong weighted average (WA) non-zero obligor FICO score of 751, a relatively diverse mix of vehicles and a higher concentration of shorter-term contracts compared to prior GMALT transactions.

Lease Platform's Limited History: GMF began originating auto leases in December 2010. Therefore, empirical data is limited. Fitch supplemented the GMF data with proxy data from comparable origination platforms to derive a credit loss expectation, while RV performance data for GM vehicles were used to derive a residual loss expectation. Fitch's credit and RV loss proxies for 2016-2 are 1.15% and 13.40%, respectively.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) totals 18.40%, 14.55%, 11.00%, and 8.25% for class A, B, C, and D notes, respectively. Based on a 1.15% credit loss proxy stressed for each rating category and the stressed RV loss expectations of 31.6% - 17.9% for 'AAAsf' down to 'BBBsf', available CE is sufficient to support each expected rating.

Evolving Wholesale Market: The U.S. wholesale vehicle market has been normalizing following strong performance in recent years. Fitch expects that increasing off-lease vehicle supply and pressure from rising production levels will lead to decreased lower residual realizations during the life of the transaction.

Stable Corporate Health: Fitch rates GMF 'BBB-'/Stable Outlook. Fitch believes GMF to be a capable originator, underwriter, and servicer, as evidenced by historical performance of its managed portfolio.

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

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated decreases in the value of returned vehicles and/or increases in the frequency of defaults and loss severity on defaulted receivables could produce loss levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of CE and loss coverage levels available to the notes. Decreased CE may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage. Hence, Fitch conducts sensitivity analyses by increasing a transaction's initial base case RV and credit loss assumptions and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The increases to the base case losses are applied such that they represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust's performance.

DUE DILIGENCE USAGE

Fitch was provided with third-party due diligence information from Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third-party due diligence information was provided in Form ABS Due Diligence-15E and focused on a comparison and re-computation of certain characteristics with respect to 200 sample leases. Fitch considered this information in its analysis and the findings did not have an impact on the agency's analysis. A copy of the ABS Due Diligence Form-15E received by Fitch in connection with this transaction may be obtained through the link at the end of this rating action commentary.

Fitch's analysis of the Representations and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in the report titled 'GM Financial Automobile Leasing Trust 2016-2 -- 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 March 2, 2016.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

GM Financial Automobile Leasing Trust 2016-2 (US ABS)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=881198

Applicable Criteria

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds (pub. 19 Dec 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=838868

Criteria for Rating U.S. Auto Lease ABS (pub. 24 Mar 2016)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=879019

Criteria for Servicing Continuity Risk in Structured Finance (pub. 17 Dec 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=875586

Exposure Draft: Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds (pub. 14 Apr 2016)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=878412

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

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

Related Research

GM Financial Automobile Leasing Trust 2016-2 Appendix

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=881281

Additional Disclosures

Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/press_releases/content/ridf_frame.cfm?pr_id=1004087

ABS Due Diligence Form 15E 1

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/press_releases/content/ridf15E_frame.cfm?pr_id=1004087&flm_nm=15e_1004087_1.pdf

Solicitation Status

https://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=1004087

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Contacts

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Joyce Fargas
Director
+1-212-908-0824
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Cole MacKenzie
Analyst
+1-212-908-0830
or
Committee Chairperson
John H. Bella, Jr.
Managing Director
+1-212-908-0243
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com