Fitch Affirms 3 and Upgrades 1 Class of Ford Credit Auto Owner Trust 2014-C
--Class A-3 affirmed at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class A-4 affirmed at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class B affirmed at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class C upgraded to 'AAAsf' from 'AAsf'; Outlook revised to Stable from Positive.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
The rating affirmations of class A and class B notes reflect loss coverage levels consistent with current ratings. While the upgrade of class C is largely attributable to growing hard credit enhancement (CE) levels since close and cumulative net losses (CNL) tracking well within Fitch's initial loss proxy.
The ratings reflect the quality of Ford Motor Credit Company's (FMCC) retail auto loan originations, the sound financial and legal structure of the transaction, and the strength of the servicing provided by FMCC.
Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults and loss severity could produce loss levels higher than the current projected base case loss proxy and impact available loss coverage and multiples levels for the transaction. Lower loss coverage could impact ratings and Rating Outlooks, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.
In Fitch's initial review of the transaction, the notes were found to have limited sensitivity to a 1.5x and 2.5x increase of Fitch's base case loss expectation. To date, the transaction has exhibited stable performance with losses within Fitch's initial expectations with rising loss coverage and multiple levels. As such, a material deterioration in performance would have to occur within the asset pool to have potential negative impact on the outstanding ratings.
USE OF THIRD-PARTY DUE DILIGENCE PURSUANT TO SEC RULE 17G-10
Form ABS Due Diligence-15E was not provided to, or reviewed by, Fitch in relation to this rating action.