The ABS Database presents the initial terms of all rated asset-backed issues, mortgage-backed issues and collateralized loan obligations placed anywhere in the world. The main objective of the database, which contains more than 31,000 deals, is to identify the primary participants in each transaction. It does not include pricing and other tranche-specific information. The database captures only the terms of each issue as of its pricing date, so it doesn't reflect subsequent events, such as paydowns and rating changes.
For questions about the ABS Database, call Evan Grauer at 201-234-3987.
Criteria for ABS Database
To be included in the ABS Database, an issue must be:
- Rated by at least one major rating agency.
- Under the control of a trustee.
- Collateralized by assets of some kind. Synthetic collateralized debt obligations and catastrophe bonds are also included.
The following securitizations, however, are excluded from the ABS Database:
- Commercial MBS. (These are counted in the CMBS Database, which is maintained by Commercial Mortgage Alert, a sister publication of Asset-Backed Alert.)
- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issues.
- Issues by municipalities (revenue bonds, etc.).
- Tax-exempt issues.
- Issues that are fully retained by an affiliate of the deal sponsor or sold to a commercial-paper conduit operated by an affiliate of the sponsor.
- Commercial paper and other continuously offered securities such as medium-term notes.
- Refinancings of previously offered securities.
Breakdown of Deal Types
The ABS Database assigns each issue to one of five categories: Public ABS, Private ABS, MBS, CDOs and Non-US ABS.
- To be counted as "Public ABS" (X=A), an issue must be SEC-registered.
- To be counted as "Private/144A ABS" (X=P), an issue must be sold primarily in the U.S. under SEC Rule 144A or as a traditional private placement. Privately placed subordinate pieces of public deals are included in "Public ABS" amount.
- To be counted as "MBS" (X=M), an issue must be SEC-registered and backed by U.S. first-lien residential loans (typically jumbo mortgages that would otherwise meet the criteria of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Also included: Alt-A home loans.
- To be counted as a "CDO" (X=R), an issue must be collateralized primarily by other securities or take the form of a collateralized loan obligation.
- To be counted as "Non-U.S. ABS/MBS" (X=G), an issue must be sold primarily outside the U.S.
In the U.S.
- League-table credit is assigned to underwriters on the basis of what is printed in a deal's prospectus or private-placement memorandum.
- Full credit is given to the bookrunner. If the bookrunner is not specified, it is assumed that the underwriters listed on the top line of the prospectus cover are the bookrunners.
- Credit will be split equally among underwriters that are specifically identified in the prospectus as "joint bookrunners" or "co-bookrunners." This may be stated anywhere in the document. The SEC has made clear that it does not object to such designations on the back covers or in the body text of offering materials.
- An underwriter identified in the prospectus as a bookrunner for a specific tranche will receive credit for the full amount of those securities, and the remainder of the deal will be split equally among all of the bookrunners.
Outside the U.S.
- League-table credit is assigned to underwriters on the basis of what is printed in a deal's prospectus or offering document.
- Full credit is split among banks listed as "bookrunner(s),"s and if that term is used on the document no other banks will receive credit.
- Where the term "bookrunner" does not appear, full credit will be split among banks listed as "lead manager(s)" or "lead underwriter(s)." However, credit will be withheld if the issuer or a bank listed as arranger tells Asset-Backed Alert that it objects to the assignment of such credit.
- If no bank is identified as "bookrunner," "lead manager" or "lead underwriter," Asset-Backed Alert will assume that the underwriter listed in the upper left position is the bookrunner, and that underwriter will receive full credit.
- Credit will be split evenly among underwriters if the offering document clearly states that specific banks are "joint bookrunners," "co-bookrunners," "joint-lead managers," "co-lead managers," "joint-lead underwriters" or "co-lead underwriters" -- and if those firms meet the above criteria.
- An underwriter identified in the offering document as a "bookrunner," "lead manager" or "lead underwriter" for a specific tranche will receive credit for the full amount of those securities, and the remainder of the deal will be split equally among all of the bookrunners.
The ABS Database is made up of the following fields:
||Type of issue (A=US Public, M=US MBS, G=Non-US, P=US 144A/Private, R=CDO)
||Amount (millions of dollars)
||Collateral type (see below)
||Collateral type 2 (see below)
||Bookrunner for offering (see League-Table Credit above)
||Bookrunner for offering if deal has joint bookrunners (see League-Table Credit above)
||Name of seller (depositor)
||Servicer of securitized portfolio
||Issuer (parent company)
||Provider of third-party enhancement
||Issuer counsel. For CDOs, counsel to the collateral manager.
||"x" if rated by Moody's, S&P, Fitch, DBRS/Duff, Kroll, Morningstar, R&I, A.M. Best or Other
||Country of denomination
||Denomination amount (millions)
||Country where collateral is primarily located
||Region of collateral; Regions: A=Asia (except Japan), C=Canada, E=Europe, F=Africa, J=Japan, K=Australia, L=Latin America, M=Mideast, U=U.S.
||Region where distributed
||Offering type (S=SEC registered, A=144A, P=Private, I=Non-U.S.)
||Seller type (see below)
||Mutual fund (12b-1) fees
||High-LTV ("no-equity") loans
||Net interest margin
||Auto loans (subprime)
||Auto loans (prime)
||Bank loans (CLOs)
||Collateralized debt obligation
||Residential mortgages (includes Alt-A)
||Consumer loans, unsecured
||Remittances (by immigrants)
||Servicer advance receivables
||Export receiv. (Ex-Im Guarantee)
||Small-business loans (Non-U.S.)
||Export receivables (Other)
||Shipping container leases
||Guaranteed investment contract
||Home-equity lines of credit
||Manufactured housing loans
||Non-U.S. residential loans
||Wireless spectrum leases
Collateral codes 2:
|| High-yield debt
|| Structured product
|| REIT unsecured debt
|| Investment-grade corporate bonds
|| Sovereign debt
|| Corporate loans (balance sheet)
|| Corporate loans (arbitrage)
|| Preferred stock/trust-preferred securities
|| Hedge fund shares/private-equity funds
|| Small-business loans and SME loans
|| 100% CMBS/commercial real estate
|| 50%-75% CMBS/commercial real estate
|| Commercial real estate loans
|| Seasoned loans
||Auto lender (independent)
||Credit card bank (monoline)
||Finance company (captive)
||Finance company (diversified)