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Hertz Vehicle Financing III LLC — Moody’s assigns definitive ratings to Hertz Series 2022-1 and 2022-2 rental car ABS

Rating Action: Moody’s assigns definitive ratings to Hertz Series 2022-1 and 2022-2 rental car ABSGlobal Credit Research – 19 Jan 2022New York, January 19, 2022 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has assigned definitive ratings to the Series 2022-1 and Series 2022-2 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes issued by Hertz Vehicle Financing III LLC (the Issuer), Hertz’s rental car ABS facility.The Series 2022-1 Notes and the Series 2022-2 Notes have a legal final maturity in 54 and 78 months, respectively. Hertz Vehicle Financing III LLC (HVFIII) is a Delaware limited liability company, which is a bankruptcy-remote special purpose entity (SPE) and direct subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (Hertz). The collateral backing the notes is a fleet of vehicles and a single operating lease of the fleet to Hertz for use in its rental car business, as well as certain manufacturer and incentive rebate receivables owed to the SPE by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).Moody’s also announced today that the issuance of the Series 2022-1 and Series 2022-2 Notes, along with an amendment to the maximum lease termination date definition, in and of themselves and at this time, will not result in a reduction, withdrawal, or placement under review for possible downgrade of any of the ratings currently assigned to the outstanding series of notes issued by the Issuer. Following this amendment, the maximum lease termination date for all passenger automobiles, vans and light-duty trucks, will be the earlier of (1) the last business day of the month that is 60 months after the month in which its vehicle operating lease commencement date occurred (48 prior to the amendment) and (2) the last business day of the month that is 72 months after December 31 of the calendar year prior to the model year of such vehicle.The complete rating actions are as follows:Issuer: Hertz Vehicle Financing III LLCSeries 2022-1 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class A, Definitive Rating Assigned Aaa (sf)Series 2022-1 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class B, Definitive Rating Assigned A2 (sf)Series 2022-1 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class C, Definitive Rating Assigned Baa2 (sf)Series 2022-1 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class D, Definitive Rating Assigned Ba2 (sf)Series 2022-2 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class A, Definitive Rating Assigned Aaa (sf)Series 2022-2 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class B, Definitive Rating Assigned A2 (sf)Series 2022-2 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class C, Definitive Rating Assigned Baa2 (sf)Series 2022-2 Rental Car Asset Backed Notes, Class D, Definitive Rating Assigned Ba2 (sf)RATINGS RATIONALEThe definitive ratings are based on (1) the credit quality of the collateral in the form of rental fleet vehicles, which Hertz uses in its rental car business, (2) the credit quality of Hertz, Corporate Family Rating of B2, as the primary lessee and as guarantor under the operating lease, (3) the experience and expertise of Hertz as sponsor and administrator, (4) the credit enhancement, which will consist of subordination and over-collateralization, (5) a required liquidity amount in the form of cash and/or a letter of credit, (6) the transaction’s legal structure, including standard bankruptcy remoteness and security interest provisions, and (7) vastly improved rental car market conditions, owing to the tight supply and increasing demand.The Series 2022-1 and Series 2022-2 Class A, Class B, and Class C Notes will benefit from subordination of 30.00%, 22.00%, and 13.00% of the outstanding balance of the Series 2022-1 and Series 2022-2 Notes, respectively. Additionally, the Series 2022-1 Notes and Series 2022-2 Notes will benefit from overcollateralization and a liquidity reserve to cover at least six months of interest on the notes, plus 50 basis points of expenses.As in prior issuances, the transaction documents stipulate that the required credit enhancement for the Series 2022-1 and Series 2022-2 Notes, sized as a percentage of the total assets, will be a blended rate, which is a function of Moody’s ratings on the vehicle manufacturers and defined asset categories as described below:» 5.00% for eligible program vehicle and receivable amount from investment grade manufacturers (any manufacturer that has Moody’s long-term rating or senior unsecured rating or long-term corporate family rating (together, relevant Moody’s ratings) of at least “Baa3” and any manufacturer that does not have a relevant Moody’s rating and has a senior unsecured debt rating from Moody’s of at least “Ba1”)» 8.00% for eligible program vehicle amount from non-investment grade manufacturers» 15.00% for eligible non-program vehicle amount from investment grade manufacturers» 15.00% for eligible non-program vehicle amount from non-investment grade manufacturers» 8.00% for eligible program receivable amount from non-investment grade (high) manufacturers (any manufacturer that (i) is not an investment grade manufacturer and (ii) has a relevant Moody’s rating of at least “Ba3”)» 100.00% for eligible program receivable amount from non-investment grade (low) manufacturers (any manufacturer that has a relevant Moody’s rating of less than “Ba3”)» 35.0% for medium-duty truck amount» 0.00% for cash amount» 100% for remainder Aaa amountConsequently, the actual required amount of credit enhancement will fluctuate based on the mix of vehicles and receivables in the securitized fleet. Furthermore, the transaction documents dictate that the total enhancement should include a minimum portion which is liquid (in cash and/or letter of credit), sized as a percentage of the aggregate Class A / B / C / D principal amount, net of cash.Below are the assumptions Moody’s applied in the analysis of this transaction:Risk of sponsor default: Moody’s assumed a 60% decrease in the probability of default (from Moody’s idealized default probability tables) implied by the B2 rating of the sponsor. This reflects Moody’s view that, in the event of a bankruptcy, Hertz would be more likely to reorganize under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, as it would likely realize more value as an ongoing business concern than it would if it were to liquidate its assets under a Chapter 7 filing. Furthermore, given the sponsor’s competitive position within the industry and the size of its securitized fleet relative to its overall fleet, the sponsor is likely to affirm its lease payment obligations in order to retain the use of the fleet and stay in business. We arrive at the 60% decrease assuming a 80% probability Hertz would reorganize under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a 75% probability Hertz would affirm its lease payment obligations in the event of Chapter 11.Disposal value of the fleet: Moody’s assumed the following haircuts to the net book value (NBV) of the vehicle fleet:Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Car): Mean: 19%Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Car): Standard Deviation: 6%Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Truck): Mean: 35%Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Truck): Standard Deviation: 8%Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Tesla): Mean: 24%Non-Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default (Tesla): Standard Deviation: 10%Fixed Program Haircut upon Sponsor Default: 10%Additional Fixed Non-Program Haircut upon Manufacturer Default (Car): 20%Additional Fixed Non-Program Haircut upon Manufacturer Default (Truck): 10%Additional Fixed Non-Program Haircut upon Manufacturer Default (Tesla): 50%Fleet composition — Moody’s assumed the following fleet composition (based on NBV of vehicle fleet):Non-program Vehicles: 95%Program Vehicles: 5%Non-program Manufacturer Concentration (percentage, number of manufacturers, assumed rating): Aa/A Profile: 10.0%, 2, A3 Baa Profile: 55.0%, 2, Baa3 Ba/B Profile: 35.0%, 2, Ba3 Program Manufacturer Concentration (percentage, number of manufacturers, assumed rating): Aa/A Profile: 0.0%, 0, A3 Baa Profile: 50.0%, 1, Baa3 Ba/B Profile: 50.0%, 1, Ba3 Manufacturer Receivables: 10%; receivables distributed in the same proportion as the program fleet (Program Manufacturer Concentration and Manufacturer Receivables together should add up to 100%)Correlation: Moody’s applied the following correlation assumptions:Correlation among the sponsor and the vehicle manufacturers: 10%Correlation among all vehicle manufacturers: 25%Default risk horizon — Moody’s assumed the following default risk horizon: Sponsor: 5 years Manufacturers: 1 year A fixed set of time horizon assumptions, regardless of the remaining term of the transaction, is used when considering sponsor and manufacturer default probabilities and the expected loss of the related liabilities, which simplifies Moody’s modeling approach using a standard set of benchmark horizons.Detailed application of the assumptions are provided in the methodology.PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGYThe principal methodology used in these ratings was “Rental Vehicle Securitizations Methodology” published in October 2021 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBS_1295602. 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 ratings:UpMoody’s could upgrade the ratings of the Series 2022-1 and 2022-2 Notes if (1) the credit quality of the lessee improves, (2) assumptions of the credit quality of the pool of vehicles collateralizing the transaction were to improve, as reflected by a stronger mix of program and non-program vehicles and stronger credit quality of vehicle manufacturers, (3) the residual values of the non-program vehicles collateralizing the transaction were to increase materially relative to Moody’s expectations.DownMoody’s could downgrade the ratings of the Series 2022-1 and 2022-2 Notes if (1) the credit quality of the lessee deteriorates or a corporate liquidation of the lessee were to occur and introduce operational complexity in the liquidation of the fleet, (2) assumptions of the credit quality of the pool of vehicles collateralizing the transaction were to weaken, as reflected by a weaker mix of program and non-program vehicles and weaker credit quality of vehicle manufacturers, (3) reduced demand for used vehicles results in lower sales volumes and sharp declines in used vehicle prices above Moody’s assumed depreciation, or (3) the residual values of the non-program vehicles collateralizing the transaction were to decrease materially relative to Moody’s expectations.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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