SCI Start the Week - 19 June

Category: ABS CDO CLOs

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A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

A rush of ABS deals joined the pipeline last week, picking up from the limited activity of the week before. As well as eight new ABS, a further five CMBS and a CLO were added.

The ABS were: US$450m Credit Acceptance Auto Loan Trust 2017-2; US$1.38bn Drive Auto Receivables Trust 2017-1; US$750m Enterprise Fleet Financing 2017-2; US$1.3bn Ford Credit Auto Owner Trust 2017-B; US$208.65m GLS Auto Receivables Trust 2017-1; US$1.317bn Honda Auto Receivables 2017-2; €1.192bn Silver Arrow Compartment 8; and Ulisses Finance No.1.

US$2.3bn BXG Trust 2017-GM, US$889m CSMC 2017-CHOP, US$438m LCCM Series 2017-LC26, C$359.74m Real Estate Asset Liquidity Trust 2017-1 and US$500m Rosslyn Portfolio Trust 2017-ROSS constituted the CMBS. The CLO was €642.6m Carlyle Euro CLO 2017-2.

The week's prints were largely split between ABS and CLOs. There were seven of the former and 13 of the latter, with an ILS, two RMBS and a CMBS rounding things out.

The ABS were: US$279.38m Consumer Underlying Bond Credit Trust 2017-NP1; US$2.075bn Domino's Pizza Master Issuer Series 2017-1; US$162.23m Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority Issue K Series 2017; €600m SC Germany Auto 2017-1; US$163.1m Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1; US$1.3bn Verizon Owner Trust 2017-2; and US$149m Welk Resorts 2017-A.

US$430m Spectrum Capital Series 2017-1 was the ILS, while the RMBS were US$350m Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-4 and US$787.5m STACR 2017-HQA2. The CMBS was US$1.1bn DBJPM 2017-C6.

The CLOs consisted of: US$510m Bain Capital Credit CLO 2017-1; US$465m Benefit Street Partners CLO 2013-2R; €324.4m Contego CLO IV; US$376.2m Greywolf CLO IV 2014-2R; €368.25m Harvest CLO 2015-11R; US$612m Jamestown CLO 2017-10; US$616m LCM 2014-16R; US$324.8m MCF CLO 2017-2; US$411m Regatta III Funding 2014-1R; US$513.75m TICP CLO 2017-7; US$506m Trestles CLO 2017-1; US$587m Venture XXVIII; and US$607.4m Voya CLO 2017-3.

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Deal news
• Lending Club in in the market with a US$279.38m ABS backed by near-prime unsecured consumer loans originated via its online lending platform (see SCI's deal pipeline). Dubbed Consumer Loan Underlying Bond Credit Trust 2017-NP1 (CLUB 2017-NP1), it is the first transaction the platform itself has sponsored.
Freddie Mac has launched a new series of credit risk transfer securities backed by tax-exempt loans (TELs) made by state or local housing agencies and secured by affordable rental housing. The first issuance has already priced and includes around US$292m in ML certificates backed by TELs on 25 properties.
• US dollar-denominated notes backed by Chinese regional and local government (RLG) bonds have debuted in China and provide a new opportunity for offshore investment in securities traded on China's interbank bond market. Moody's believes further similar deals backed by Chinese collateral could follow, including CLOs, ABS and RMBS.