Container ABS withers as poor fundamentals spur issuance drought

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By Jennifer Kang
06 Nov 2019

Container ABS sponsors are voicing concern over a lack of market activity atypical of the third quarter, a traditional peak season, with market participants fearing the lull could stretch on through mid-2020.

In third quarter earnings calls, executives from several container lessors described the market environment as "challenging," a result of slowed global growth, volatile freight shipping prices and continued trade disputes. The slowdown has been reflected in the ABS primary market, with only two container issuers tapping securitization for ...

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