Rating Action: Moody’s assigns definitive rating to Honda Finance’s 9th auto credit ABSGlobal Credit Research – 04 Feb 2022JPY60 billion in debt securities affectedTokyo, February 04, 2022 — Moody’s SF Japan K.K. has assigned a definitive rating to the following transaction.The complete rating action is as follows:Transaction Name: Honda Finance Auto Credit Securitization Series 9Class: Investor Beneficial Interests Rating: Aaa (sf) Issue Amount: JPY60 billion Dividend Rate: Fixed Closing Date: February 4, 2022Final Maturity Date: May 31, 2029Underlying Asset: Auto credit receivablesTotal Amount of Receivables (principal): JPY63,899,497,878Originator/Seller/Servicer: Honda Finance Co., Ltd.Asset Trustee/ABL Trustee: Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking CorporationABL Lender: Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.Arranger: Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.RATINGS RATIONALEThe seller entrusts a pool of its auto credit receivables and cash to the Asset Trustee, which then issues the Senior Beneficial Interests, Subordinated Beneficial Interests and Reserve Beneficial Interests.Entrustment of the auto credit receivables is perfected against third parties under the Perfection Law. Perfection against obligors is not made unless certain events occur.The Asset Trustee receives the limited recourse loans (ABL) from ABL Lender. The proceeds are used to redeem the Senior Beneficial Interests in full.The seller holds the Subordinated Beneficial Interests and the Reserve Beneficial Interests.The ABL Lender entrusts the ABL to the ABL Trustee and receives the Investor Beneficial Interests. Entrustment of the ABL is perfected against relevant obligors and third parties pursuant to the rules under Article 467 of the Civil Law.ABL lender, through the arranger, transfers the Investor Beneficial Interests to investors. The transfer is perfected against the Asset Trustee and third parties pursuant Article 94 of Japan’s Trust Law.Credit enhancement is provided by the senior/subordinated structure and available excess spread. Subordination (excluding that corresponding to a cash reserve) comprises approximately 6.1% of the initial principal balance of the receivables.The Investor Beneficial Interests are redeemed on a monthly pass-through basis, and the redemption of the Subordinated Beneficial Interests is suspended until the full payment of the Investor Beneficial Interests (sequential payment mechanism).Defaulted receivables in the underlying pool are used as payment in kind to redeem the Subordinated Beneficial Interests, while cash in an amount, equivalent to the principal balance of the defaulted receivables, is transferred from the interest collection account to the principal collection account (default trapping mechanism).If any accelerated amortization events occur, the dividend waterfall to the Subordinated Beneficial Interests is suspended, and the excess spread is used to redeem the Investor Beneficial Interests. Key accelerated amortization events include a servicer replacement event occurring, or an asset performance trigger being reached.If any back-up servicer appointment events occur, the Asset Trustee appoints a back-up servicer. If any servicer replacement events occur, the Asset Trustee can then dismiss the servicer and have a back-up servicer take over the servicing operation.In preparation for servicer replacement, liquidity is provided in the form of a cash reserve at closing. This reserve covers interest payments on the ABL, trust fees and fees relating to the start of back-up servicer operations, etc.Commingling risk is covered by the servicer’s advance payment of collections from the underlying assets.The rating is based mainly on the credit quality of the receivables, the transaction structure, and the servicer’s experience.Moody’s estimated the annualized expected default rate of the underlying assets at approximately 0.38% (cumulative expected default rate: approximately 0.65%, Aaa credit enhancement: approximately 4.5%), after taking into consideration receivable attributes, historical data on the seller’s entire pool, performance data on securitization pools and industry trends. The expected default rate is based on the default definition used in Moody’s analysis and may not be comparable to other rates.To determine the rating, Moody’s also conducted a cash flow analysis in which it added stress consistent with the assigned rating on parameters such as the expected default rate.Moody’s assumes that, given the structure of the transaction as well as other factors, the risk of interruption to the cash flow from the assets in the event of the seller’s or the trustee’s bankruptcy is sufficiently minimized to achieve the rating assigned.Moody’s considers the seller sufficiently capable of servicing the pool, after having taken into account the seller’s business experience and servicing operations.Honda Finance Co., Ltd., headquartered in Musashino City, Tokyo, is a financial service company established in 1999. The company is a consolidated subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda), and 100% of its capital is owned by Honda.The principal methodology used in this rating was “Moody’s Global Approach to Rating Auto Loan- and Lease-Backed ABS (Japanese)” published in September 2021 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBS_1264322. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Factors that would lead to an upgrade or downgrade of the rating:The primary factor that could lead to a downgrade of the rating is worse performance of the underlying assets than Moody’s expected.Moody’s has also conducted the sensitivity analysis below which provides the number of notches by which the model-indicated output of the deal would have varied if different assumptions had been made as to certain key model parameters. The analysis assumes that the deal has not aged.If the expected default rate was changed from 0.38% to 0.76% and 1.14% and other assumptions remained unchanged, the model-indicated output of the rated class would change by 0 and 1 notch respectively.The analysis results are model-indicated outputs, which are one of the many quantitative and qualitative factors considered by rating committees in determining actual ratings. This analysis does not intend to measure how the rating of the deal might migrate over time, but rather, how the initial model-indicated output of the deal might have differed if certain key model parameters had been varied.REGULATORY DISCLOSURESFor further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. 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