LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
On May 28, 2014, Westlake Financial Services closed its fifth Term Asset
Backed Securitization (ABS). JP Morgan served as Structuring Lead
Manager and Joint Bookrunner with Credit Suisse as the Co-Lead and Joint
Bookrunner. Wells Fargo and RBS were Co-Managers on the deal. The bond
offering was increased from 275MM to 321MM due to significant investor
demand. With five classes of bonds offered, from A1+ to BBB, all were at
least three times oversubscribed by investors.
“Westlake’s credit performance has been stable and our business remains
strong despite competitive pressures,” stated Paul Kerwin, Westlake
Chief Financial Officer. “We are pleased to see additional names added
to our investor base and applaud the efforts of our underwriters in
helping make these connections. Our ABS investors can expect us to ramp
up our issuances as we continue to make inroads in the franchise dealer
Westlake issued BBB bonds for the first time and achieved a 93% advance
rate on the total bond issuance.
“Westlake Financial has been consistent for a long time; they have a
strong platform, strong credit profile, and a strong company name,”
stated John Cho, Managing Director at JP Morgan. “The bond offering has
15 new investors on the books, which is a large percentage considering
there are 31 investors all together. Westlake credit spreads will
continue to tighten as investors differentiate that this is a strong
platform and liquidity continues to build their name.”
Assistant Vice President of Finance at Westlake Financial Services,
Jonathan Zhan states “This is a reflection of strong investor demand.
This shows the strength of Westlake performance and execution and
investors’ belief in our business.”
Westlake Financial Services boasts a rapidly growing portfolio, which
includes a current portfolio of $1.905 Billion in May 2014 up $210
Million from May 2013. The dealer base consists of approximately 21,000
dealerships throughout all 50 states. This includes both Independent
Dealerships and a growing market of Franchise Dealerships.
About Westlake Financial Services: Westlake is an internet based,
privately held finance company that specializes in the acquisition and
servicing of prime to sub-prime automotive retail installment contracts.
Headquartered in Southern California, Westlake originates indirect
retail installment contracts through a network of over 18,000 new and
used car dealers throughout the United States. Westlake also offers
portfolio purchasing through their ALPS division (Advanced Lending &
Portfolio Services); www.WestlakeALPS.com.
Direct to consumer title loans and unsecured loans are done through
Westlake’s wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit. Flooring
lines of credit are done through their Westlake Flooring Services
All collections and servicing are performed in-house from its central
facility located in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.
Westlake Financial Services
David Goff, AVP of Marketing
Source: Westlake Financial Services