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Airline and Lessor Risk Factors Influencing Aircraft ABS in 2020

Please join us as our analysts discuss risks in airlines, lessors and their potential influences in the Aircraft Lessor and ABS sectors in 2020.

Hylton Heard, Senior Director, ABS team, and Johann Juan, Director, Non-Bank Financial Institutions team, will lead the discussion. 

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Coronavirus Is Likely to Pressure Global Airline Credit Quality

Coronavirus' rapidly increasing effect on air travel is placing downward pressure on global airline credit profiles, especially as there are risks that demand takes materially longer than previous shocks to recover. Most Fitch-rated US airlines should be able to absorb a temporary drop in demand, while maintaining sufficient liquidity and credit metrics within current rating levels.

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Strong Credit Profiles of Toyota, Honda Mitigate Mounting Risks

Financial results for the quarter ended December 2019 released by Toyota Motor Corporation (A+/Stable) and Honda Motor Co., Ltd (A/Stable) reflect the automakers' increasing downside risks due to softer demand in key markets, rising costs and adverse forex fluctuations.

Weak Sentiment to Curb India Automakers' Sales Despite Better 3Q

Slowing GDP growth and weak consumer sentiment in India will continue to weigh on auto sales despite some improvement in the quarter ended December 2019.


Coronavirus: Impact on Airports and Airlines?

Fitch Ratings discussed impact of coronavirus on airlines and airports. The topics include: Impact of Coronavirus to our Global Economic Outlook, How will coronavirus outbreak affect global air traffic? How does it compare to SARS’ impact?, Which airlines are most at risk? , What is the impact on airports? Are they more resilient than airlines?, Which airports would be more impacted if this crisis continues for a few more weeks?

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Boeing 737 MAX Suspension Highlights Global Aerospace Risks

Boeing's decision to suspend production of its 737 MAX airplane programme underscores risks of the aerospace sector, both for airliner producers and their suppliers, Fitch Ratings says. Our ratings in the industry incorporate periodic stresses. The exact credit impact will largely depend on the length of suspension and the timing of the 737 MAX's return to service, and on potential regulatory changes.

Global Auto Sector Challenges Will Raise Risk, Upend Trajectories

Weakening demand, technological change, stricter fuel emission standards and trade uncertainty may upend trends in the global auto sector and pressure profitability and cash flow.



Airline, Lessor, ABS Credit Unaffected by 737 MAX Suspension

The Boeing Company's decision to suspend production of the 737 MAX does not yet alter the credit profiles of large North American airlines or global aircraft lessors, nor does it affect the performance of outstanding aircraft lease asset-backed securities (ABS), says Fitch Ratings.

China's Latest NEV Plan to Lift Automakers' Investment Needs

China's shift from subsidising new-energy vehicle (NEV) purchases to an ecosystem-driven approach is likely to reduce traditional automakers' bargaining power in the value chain and increase their investment needs, says Fitch Ratings.

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US Transportation Infrastructure Growth to Mirror Slower GDP in 2020

Volume growth remains favorable for US airports, ports and toll roads and will remain largely tethered to US GDP movement, which Fitch projects will fall below 2% for 2020. That said, "Some softness in growth may take hold to the extent issuers are exposed to global economic markets and protectionist trade policies," said Senior Director Scott Zuchorski.

Related Report: Fitch Ratings 2020 Outlook: U.S. Transportation Infrastructure
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Global Shipping and Ports – 2020 Outlook

In this webinar, attendees discussed the Fitch Ratings outlook for Global Shipping and Ports with our Transportation and Infrastructure Analysts. Topics included: 

  • Capacity growth levels and the supply/demand balance
  • U.S. and China trade tariffs and their impact on global trade
  • IMO 2020 regulation coming into effect on Jan 1

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Fitch Ratings 2020 Outlook: Global Shipping

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APAC Autos Face Tough Environment; Supported by Financial Profiles

Fitch Ratings expects weaker global demand and rising investment to continue to put pressure on Asia-Pacific automotive manufacturers' profitability and cash flow generation in 2020.

Related Report: APAC Autos Face Tough Environment; Supported by Financial Profiles

View all outlooks: Credit Outlooks 2020

Global Car Sales to Fall by over 3 Million in 2019, Steeper Than 2008

Global car sales are likely to decline by around 3.1 million (m) units in 2019, a larger decline than in 2008 according to Fitch Ratings economics team's latest chart of the month.

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Cyclical Drop, CO2 Rules Turn Europe's Auto Outlook Negative

Cyclical weakness in new vehicle sales in the world's main automotive markets will intensify pressure on credit metrics in 2020. There is already considerable strain from long-term sector transformation, including shifting powertrains, evolving car ownership, and changing mobility options.

Related Report: European Automotive Manufacturers and Suppliers

View all outlooks: Credit Outlooks 2020


Toyota's, Honda's Earnings Divergence Reflects Credit-Profile Difference

Honda's weaker revenue and profit from industrial operations in the first half of its financial year that ends in March 2020 and reduction of its full year-forecast for 2020 is in line with the outlook of many Japanese and global peers. Toyota, in contrast, continues to outpace the broader sector by recording record profits, thanks to superior scale and an exceptionally strong model line-up and a balanced approach to incentives.

Reducing Aviation CO2 Emissions - Winners and Losers

Fitch Ratings hosted a live webinar to discuss the impact on airlines, airports and rail sectors of reducing aviation net CO2 emissions.

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Synergies in Fiat Chrysler-Peugeot Merger May Be Credit-Positive

Achieving the announced synergies in the merger between automakers Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA, BBB-/Stable) and Peugeot (PSA, BBB-/Stable) could be a positive credit factor in the medium term, Fitch Ratings says.


European Autos: Cyclical Downturn or Structural Shift?

Fitch Ratings hosted a conversation on the Auto sector with Emmanuel Bulle, Head of EMEA Manufacturing. During this brief discussion, Emmanuel covered the following topics:

  • Cyclical weakening of sales in key markets, including China,
  • Europe and the US Managing the challenge of electrification and meeting CO2 targets
  • Navigating an uncertain political backdrop including Brexit and further trade discussions
  • Flexibility in ratings given various challenges

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Profits of Sino-Foreign Automaker Joint-Ventures Deteriorate

We expect leading JVs to resume yoy sales volume and revenue growth in 2H19 and to achieve stronger margins due to narrower price discounts and moderate promotions. However, overall profitability is set to trend down over the medium- to long-term on intensifying market competition and upcoming launches of low-margin new-energy vehicles (NEV).

Indian Automakers' Challenges to Persist After Weak 1Q

Domestic sales trends have weakened since 1HFY19 as the constrained liquidity at non-bank lenders reduced credit availability to buyers and the cost of ownership rose due to new regulations mandating enhanced vehicle insurance cover and additional safety features.

U.S. Tariffs Could Directly Affect 1 in 5 Mexican Corporates

The imposition of broad-based tariffs on U.S. imports of Mexican goods could have a direct negative revenue effect on 20% of Fitch Ratings' Mexican-rated corporates. However, depending on the duration and level of tariffs levied, there would also likely be indirect effects on Mexican companies linked to the broader macroeconomic repercussions of heightened trade tensions.

Automotive Slowdown Puts the Brakes on World GDP Growth

The slowdown in the global automobile market has had a material impact on world economic growth over the past nine months and has been a key driver of the global manufacturing downturn.

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Fitch Downgrades Thomas Cook to 'CCC+'; On Rating Watch Negative

The downgrade reflects the tight liquidity we expect TCG to face towards the end of 2019 should it not sell its airline division or be able to draw on the planned GBP300 million senior secured facility based on the currently agreed mandate letter and term sheet.

Prolonged Chinese Auto Market Slowdown Could Affect Ratings

A prolonged Chinese auto market slump combined with structural trends reshaping the industry could affect the ratings of Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and General Motors. But a decline in Chinese new vehicle sales for only one to two years would be unlikely to trigger immediate downgrades.

PPP Accounting Understates Risks in Chinese E&C Companies

Active participation in PPP investments requires substantial debt funding and increases the liquidity risks of some of these companies, but their reported debt and cash flow accounts may not fairly reflect the associated risks due to their accounting choices.


Related Press Releases and Reports:
Unpacking Chinese Engineering and Construction Firms' PPP Investments
China's PPP Rules to Cool Infrastructure Investment
PPP Counterparty Risks in the Spotlight

Revenue Stability, Capex Drive Asia-Pacific Ports' Ratings

Revenue stability, due to strong volume or price attributes, and resilience is underpinned by each port's importance to the economy and the strength of its catchment area, along with its competitive position. 

Rising EMEA A&D Cash Flows to Boost Shareholders Returns

Shareholder returns, including dividends and buybacks, increased 9% yoy in 2018 and we expect them to increase at an even greater rate each year in 2019-2020, driven by higher operating and free cash flows.

EMEA Carmakers Catching Up with Tesla, BYD in Electric Vehicle Race

European carmakers are refocusing their strategy towards electric vehicles and catching up with specialised manufacturers. Carmakers have increased investments in plug-in-hybrids and battery electric vehicles with numerous model launches expected in the next 12 to 24 months.

Global Airlines, Lessors Face Mixed 737 MAX Grounding Risk

The Boeing 737 MAX could be a concern throughout the aviation credit sector for much of 2019, according to Fitch Ratings.
ReportGlobal Airlines, Lessors Face Mixed 737 MAX Grounding Risk

Boeing 737 MAX Issue Could Have Broad Aviation Credit Effects

The Boeing 737 MAX could be a concern throughout the aviation credit sector for much of 2019. It is premature to take credit ratings actions at this time, as final conclusions about the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes are not yet known, and there are many scenarios that could play out. Most concerning would be a harsh scenario including a systemic issue with the aircraft leading to lengthy groundings, material delivery delays, significant order cancelations and negative public sentiment toward the MAX. 

Global Suite of Auto Indices

Fitch Ratings offers quarterly index reports that compile and analyze our auto ABS ratings data. The auto indices track the collateral of Fitch-rated auto ABS transactions going as far back as 2004.

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Risks to Watch in European Auto ABS

The European Auto ABS annualised loss index rose by 3bp to 0.34% in 4Q18, its highest level since mid-2014. The Fitch 30+ and 60+ Delinquency Indices increased by 4bp and 2bp relative to 3Q18, respectively.  Listen Now


Global Shipping - 2019 Outlook

Please join us for a webcast on December 4, 2018 on the 2019 outlook for the shipping industry. The presentation will be hosted by Angelina Valavina, Fitch’s lead analyst on the transportation and shipping sectors. 


Listen to the Webcast Replay of the Global Shipping Outlook 2019 presentation. 

EMEA Autos Break-ups Support Financials, Hurt Diversity

Plans to spin off some divisions announced by European auto manufacturers and suppliers could temporarily bolster financial structures and provide welcome financing for future investments. But it could also weaken their business profiles, notably due to reduced business diversification. 

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Peugeot's Outlook Revised to Positive; Affirms at 'BB+'

The Positive Outlook reflects the strong and better-than-expected 2017 results, including the consolidation of loss-making Opel, and our projections that credit metrics will remain broadly commensurate with a low investment-grade rating in the medium-term. 

Electric Vehicle Growth Could See Oil Demand Peak By 2030

Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption is an increasing threat to oil demand, which could plausibly peak before 2030. This is not our core scenario, but developments in 2017 show how technological changes and greater product awareness could lead to annual sales of 10 million battery-powered EVs by 2025.

China Grand Auto's Equity Placement Rating Neutral

China Grand Auto's CNY8 billion equity issuance is marginally credit positive, as it will improve the company's liquidity position. That said, Fitch does not expect the equity proceeds to be used for debt reduction, thus FFO adjusted net leverage is unlikely to fall below 3.5x, the level at which we would consider positive rating action.

Credit Hotspot: Brexit

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