NEW YORK, NY (November 11, 2014) — Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivables Funding LLC:
–$ 255,230,000 class A asset-backed notes ‘Asf'; Outlook Stable;
–$ 69,770,000 class B asset-backed notes ‘BBBsf'; Outlook Stable.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
Stable Collateral Quality: Approximately 64.9% of Sierra 2014-3 consists of WVRI-originated loans; the remainder are WRDC loans. Fitch has determined that, on a like-for-like FICO basis, WRDC’s receivables perform better than WVRI’s. The weighted average (WA) current FICO score of the pool is 716. However, seasoning has declined relative to 2014-2.
Increase in Longer Term Loans: The 2014-3 pool includes approximately 5% 15-year loans. This is a notable increase from the 2014-2 transaction, which only had 0.24%. Historically, longer-term loans perform worse than the 10 year loans that represent approximately 95% of the pool.
Stabilization in WVRI Performance: Similar to other timeshare originators, Wyndham Worldwide’s delinquency and default performance exhibited notable increases in the 2007 to 2008 vintages. However, WRDC’s performance has improved since 2009 while WVRI continues to experience high defaults. Nonetheless, the 2013 vintage within the WVRI portfolio demonstrates relative stabilization in default performance. Fitch’s cumulative gross default (CGD) proxy for this pool is 19.50%.
Sufficient CE Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is expected to be 33.00% and 14.00% for class A and B notes, respectively. Hard CE is composed of overcollateralization (OC), a letter of credit (LOC) reserve account, and subordination. Soft CE is also provided by excess spread and is expected to be 10.29% per annum.
Quality of Origination/Servicing: Wyndham Worldwide has demonstrated sufficient abilities as an originator and servicer of timeshare loans. This is evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of securitized trusts and of the managed portfolio.
Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of Wyndham Worldwide and Wyndham Consumer Finance, Inc. (WCF) would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.
Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults could produce cumulative gross default (CGD) levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of credit enhancement and remaining default coverage levels available to the notes. Additionally, unanticipated increases in prepayment activity could also result in a decline in coverage. Decreased default coverage may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.
Thus, Fitch conducts sensitivity analysis stressing both a transaction’s initial base case CGD and prepayment assumptions by 1.5x and 2.0x and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The 1.5x and 2.0x increases of the base case CGD and prepayment assumptions represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust’s performance.
Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated October 23, 2014. Fitch’s analysis of the Representations and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in ‘Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivables Funding LLC – Appendix’. These R&Ws are compared to those of typical R&W for the asset class as detailed in the special report ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’, dated April 17, 2012.
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Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
–‘Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivable Funding LLC’ dated Oct. 23, 2014;
–‘Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivable Funding LLC–Appendix’ dated Oct. 23, 2014;
–‘Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS’ dated June 9, 2014;
–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ dated May 24, 2013;
–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ dated April 17, 2012.
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivables Funding LLC (US ABS)
Sierra Timeshare 2014-3 Receivables Funding LLC — Appendix
Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: Fitch Ratings
Khadija El Mediouri
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
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