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KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to LAD Auto Receivables Trust 2024-2

KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes (seven tranches) issued by LAD Auto Receivables Trust 2024-2 ("LADAR 2024-2"), an auto loan ABS transaction.

LADAR 2024-2 represents the eighth overall ABS securitization for Driveway Finance Corporation ("DFC" or the "Company"), and the second of 2024. LADAR 2024-2 will issue four classes of notes (seven tranches) totaling $409.58 million. Credit enhancement on the notes is comprised of overcollateralization (”OC”), yield supplement overcollateralization (“YSOC”), subordination of junior note classes, a cash reserve account, and excess spread.

DFC was incorporated in Oregon in September 2012 under the name Southern Cascades Finance Corporation and rebranded as DFC on January 1, 2021. DFC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithia Financial Corporation, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithia Motors, Inc. (“Lithia”). DFC has been originating and servicing loans in the automobile finance business since September 2012, initially targeting a subprime borrower base. Since May 2020, the Company has been a full credit spectrum lender, financing vehicles exclusively to Lithia customers through Lithia’s dealership network and e-commerce business channels. Lithia was founded as a single automotive dealership in 1946 in Ashland Oregon, became incorporated in 1968, and completed an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, trading under the ticker “LAD.” Today, Lithia is a Fortune 500 company operating 482 dealership locations representing 51 brands in the United States, Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom. Lithia offers an array of products and services including new and used vehicles, insurance, automotive repair and maintenance, and automobile financing through its DFC subsidiary.

KBRA applied its Auto Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology, as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the static pool data and the underlying collateral pool and stressed the capital structure based upon its stress case cash flow assumptions. KBRA considered its operational review of Lithia and DFC, as well as several business updates with the Company since that time. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at

About KBRA

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.

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