As more new-vehicle buyers flock to General Motors' high-ticket trucks and SUVs, GM Financial has to supply riskier 60-plus month loans to finance them. That's prompting higher net ABS loss projections from Fitch.
The average FICO for the pool of lease obligors is at a peak level for GM Financial's shelf, but Fitch expects higher losses on resale values on a pool more heavily dependent on longer-term leases and luxury models.
Nearly 52% of the pool in the captive-finance company's first 2018 vehicle-lease securitization involves contracts for popular crossover models like the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5.
GM Financial is following similar actions by American Honda, Santander, Fifth Third and USAA to limit Texas exposure in securitizations, but the captive-finance lender has extended the exclusion to Florida loans as well.