Fitch Expects to Rate CIBC's CARDS II Trust, Series 2015-2; Presale Issued

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's CARDS II Trust, series 2015-2 credit card receivables backed USD floating rate class A and CAD floating rate class B notes:

--$USD TBD class A notes 'AAAsf (EXP)'; Outlook Stable;

--$CAD TBD class B notes 'BBBsf (EXP)'; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Fitch's expected ratings are based on the underlying receivables pool, available credit enhancement, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's underwriting and servicing capabilities, and the transaction's legal and cash flow structures, which employ early amortization triggers.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch models three different scenarios when evaluating the rating sensitivity compared to expected performance for credit card asset-backed securities transactions: 1) increased defaults; 2) a reduction in purchase rate, and 3) a combination stress of higher defaults and lower monthly payment rate (MPR).

Increasing default rate alone has the least impact on rating migration even in the most severe scenario of a 75% increase in defaults. The rating sensitivity to a reduced purchase rate is more pronounced with a severe stress, of a 100% decrease, and leads to possible downgrades of the class A notes. The harshest scenario assumes both default and MPR stresses occur simultaneously. Similarly, the ratings would only be downgraded under the moderate stress of a 50% increase in defaults and 25% reduction in MPR; however, the severe stress could lead to more drastic downgrades to all classes.

To date, the CARDS II Trust transactions have exhibited strong performance with all performance metrics within Fitch's initial expectations. For further discussion of Fitch's sensitivity analysis, please see the related presale report. For a discussion of the representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms available to investors in this transaction please see the related presale appendix.

DUE DILIGENCE USAGE

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

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'. For more information about Fitch's comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at 'webmaster@fitchratings.com'.

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CARDS II Trust, Series 2015-2

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=868919

Applicable Criteria

Global Credit Card ABS Rating Criteria (pub. 26 Jun 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=867482

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

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

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Contacts

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+1-212-908-0847
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
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Secondary Analyst
John Alberici
Associate Director
+1-212-908-0370
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Senior Director
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or
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Herman C. Poon
Director
+1-212-908-0847
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
John Alberici
Associate Director
+1-212-908-0370
or
Committee Chairperson
Tracy Wan
Senior Director
+1-212-908-0171
or
Media Relations:
Alyssa Castelli, +1 212-908-0540
alyssa.castelli@fitchratings.com