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U.S. Auto Loan Tracker: Both Prime and Subprime Markets Show Effects Of COVID-19 For March 2020

NEW YORK (S&P Global Ratings) May 13, 2020-- S&P Global Ratings' published today the U.S. auto loan asset-backed securities (ABS) sector's performance for March 2020, the first month after the COVID-19 pandemic began, (see "U.S. Auto Loan ABS Tracker: March 2020 Performance," published May 12, 2020).

Highlights from the report include the following:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is starting to take a toll on monthly auto loan ABS credit performance. March's subprime loss rate of 8.37% was the highest March loss rate since 2009 and the segment's recovery rate and 60+ day delinquency levels were at the worst March levels we've ever seen. Also, March's prime recovery rate of 53.89% was the lowest March recovery rate we've seen since 2009.
  • Another poignant indicator of potential consumer distress materialized with a spike in extension rates for March relative to February's levels. An extension is a deferral of an auto payment that is typically added to the end of the obligor's payment schedule.
  • On May 12, 2020, we placed 33 classes of nonIG subprime auto loan ABS securities on CreditWatch negative. These CreditWatch negative actions are in response to the higher losses we are expecting on the associated collateral pools due to COVID-19's economic impact on them.

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