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Oct 13, 2016 14:13 UTC

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-4

NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-4 (FCAT 2016-4), a subprime auto asset-backed securities transaction.

The collateral in the FCAT 2016-4 deal will include approximately $346.9 million of loans at closing. The ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 42.00% for the Class A notes to 4.00% for the Class E notes, which build to 47.25% and 9.25% for the Class A and Class E 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. Following the merger, Michael Ritter became CEO of the combined company after holding the same position at FCA. FCA is an experienced originator and servicer of subprime auto loans.

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 on 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 2016-4 Presale Report, which was published today at

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: Flagship Credit Auto Trust 2016-4

Class           Rating           Expected Initial Class Principal
A-1           AAA(sf)           $155,570,000
A-2           AAA(sf)           $52,590,000
B           AA(sf)           $41,980,000
C           A(sf)           $43,370,000
D           BBB(sf)           $31,750,000
E           BB(sf)           $14,740,000

Related Publications:

U.S. Auto Loan ABS Rating Methodology

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About Kroll Bond Rating Agency

KBRA is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO). In addition, KBRA is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider (CRP).

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David Shin, 646-731-2459
Andrew Silverhardt, 646-731-2492