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Fitch Rates GE Equipment Transportation 2014-1

June 18, 2014

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings and Outlooks to the notes issued by GE Equipment Transportation 2014-1 (GEET2014-1):

--$178,400,000 class A-1 notes 'F1+sf';

--$217,000,000 class A-2 notes 'AAAsf;' Outlook Stable;

--$217,000,000 class A-3 notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$88,500,000 class A-4 notes 'AAAsf;' Outlook Stable;

--$ 15,000,000 class B notes 'AAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$ 11,000,000 class C notes 'Asf'; Outlook Stable.

Fitch has published its presale report available to all investors on Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Nondiversified Portfolio: The 2014-1 is the sixth transportation-only equipment transaction. The significantly high concentration of transportation collateral in the pool reduces equipment and industry diversification.

Stronger Collateral: The concentration of small fleet collateral has decreased to 59.37% from 77.91% in 2013-2. This collateral has historically experienced higher losses than the large/medium fleet collateral.

Increased Obligor Concentrations: Obligor concentration has increased in 2014-1, with the top 20 obligors representing 18.3%, up from 10.2% in 2013-2. As a result, the obligor concentration analysis was the primary rating methodology for the 2014-1 transaction.

Improved Managed Portfolio Performance: GECC's managed transportation portfolio and securitizations exhibited volatility and asset deterioration from 2007-2009 but has demonstrated marked improvement since 2010.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Hard credit enhancement (CE) on the notes is 8.39%, 6.41% and 4.95%, respectively. Additionally, the notes benefit from excess spread, expected to be 3.66% per annum.

Stable Origination, Underwriting and Servicing Platform: GECC has demonstrated sufficient abilities as originator, underwriter and servicer, as evidenced by historical delinquency and loss performance of securitized trusts and the managed portfolio.

Integrity of Legal Structure: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of the trust would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

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. 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 some sensitivity to a 1.5x and 2.5x increase of Fitch's base case loss expectation.

Under 1.5x base case loss scenario, the notes show limited sensitivity to this stress and may result in limited downgrades. However, under 2.5x base case loss scenario, the notes could be potentially downgraded by two or more rating categories.

Fitch's analysis of the Representations and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in 'GE Equipment Transportation 2014-1 - Appendix'. This R&W is 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.

For more information about Fitch's comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at 'webmaster@fitchratings.com'.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 20, 2014);

--'Criteria for Rating U.S. Equipment Lease and Loan ABS' (Dec. 19, 2013);

--'Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance' (April 17, 2012);

--'GE Equipment Transportation 2014-1' (June 9, 2014);

--'GE Equipment Transportation 2014-1 - Appendix' (June 9, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=748821

Criteria for Rating U.S. Equipment Lease and Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=726362

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

GE Equipment Transportation LLC, Series 2014-1 (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749953

GE Equipment Transportation LLC, Series 2014-1 -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750028

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=835237

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Fitch Ratings

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