Moody's has some interesting observations on the topic.
Even though CDOs maintain only small exposures to the two troubled automakers, there may be collateral damage as the bankruptcies ripple through the U.S. auto industry. Our CDO ratings, however, are unlikely to be significantly affected because of previous, forward-looking changes to our rating assumptions and stress tests.
CDO exposure to Chrysler and GM is not large. Of 2,262 Moody’s-rated CDOs, none have exposure to Chrysler. Some 10% have exposure to GM, of which the average amount is 1% with a range from 0.25% to 2.45%. Pro forma model analyses suggest that ratings of more than two thirds of exposed CDOs will be unaffected even if CDS settlement amounts approach 100%.
Nevertheless, there may be collateral damage from a bankruptcy. A GM bankruptcy may worsen the credit position of some GM affiliates, such as General Motors Acceptance Corp. (GMAC) or Residential Capital LLC (ResCap). Similarly, the credit effect on suppliers (e.g., Visteon ) or users (e.g., Hertz ) would be negative. Even competitors may suffer, possibly as an unintended result of government intervention, from effects that impede their competitiveness, cause the loss of mutual suppliers, or further harm consumer confidence.
CDO exposures to the U.S. auto industry, in general, are more significant than just for Chrysler and GM. Nearly 25% of all CDOs have some exposure to U.S. autos, and of those with exposure, the average exposure is 5.2% with a range from 0.2% to 24%. The chart below shows exposure across all Moody’s-rated CSOs to the top 20 U.S. auto industry companies.
For all practical purposes, it is still likely early to draw full conclusions, save to say that there will be significant losses across all CDOs classes. And abusing Melissa Francis' favorite term "second derivative", one can only speculate what the downstream effects of material CDOs impairments will be to leveraged parties who own these securities directly or indirectly.
Bottom line is, while the outcome for GM's common stock is rather binary at this point with all signs pointing to $0, the full impact of the Detroit implosion will likely be much more pronounced than the shallow talking heads on TV vouch it will be. Sphere: Related Content Print this post