Fitch Expects to Rate Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to the notes issued by Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC:

–$107,530,000, class A asset-backed notes ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–$12,650,000, class B asset-backed notes ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Ratings Capped at ‘Asf’: Given that this is the first ABS transaction by LV Tower, the limited managed pool data and the unique counterparty arrangements, the ratings for 2014-A were capped at ‘Asf’.

Strong Obligor Credit Quality: The 2014-A pool has a weighted average (WA) Fair Issac Corp. (FICO) score of 743. This is consistent with the recently issued HGVT 2014-A transaction. Based on the collateral pool, Fitch has arrived at a cumulative gross default (CGD) proxy of 13.00%.

Single Timeshare Site: The loans are associated with a single resort, Elara, in Las Vegas. However, these owners have the same usage and exchange rights as other HRC timeshare owners and become club members within HRC’s system. As such, the risk associated with a single site property is mitigated.

Presence of Prefunding Account: The 2014-A transaction features a prefunding account that will hold up to 10% of the initial note balance after the closing date to purchase eligible timeshare loans.

Available CE Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is expected to be 16.00% and 6.00% for class A and B notes, respectively. Soft CE is also provided by excess spread and is expected to be 9.66% per annum.

Quality of Origination/Servicing: LV Tower and HRC have demonstrated sufficient abilities as an originator and servicer of timeshare loans, respectively. This is evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of HRC’s managed portfolio and previous transactions.

Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of LV Tower, HRC or GVS would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults could produce CGD levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of CE and remaining default coverage levels available to the notes. Additionally, unanticipated increases in prepayment activity could also result in a decline in coverage. Decreased default coverage may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

Thus, Fitch conducts sensitivity analysis by stressing both a transaction’s initial base case CGD and prepayment assumptions by 1.5x and 2x and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The 1.5x and 2x increases of the base case CGD and prepayment assumptions represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust’s performance.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated October 14, 2014. Fitch’s analysis of the Representations and Warranties (RW) of this transaction can be found in Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’. These RWs are compared to those of typical RW for the asset class as detailed in the special report ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ dated April 17, 2012.

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘. For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com’.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (Oct. 14, 2014)

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’ (Oct. 14, 2014);

–’Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS’ (June 9, 2014);

–’Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–’Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (April 17, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=791408

Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749780

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=897655

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

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Fitch Expects to Rate Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to the notes issued by Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC:

–$107,530,000, class A asset-backed notes ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–$12,650,000, class B asset-backed notes ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Ratings Capped at ‘Asf’: Given that this is the first ABS transaction by LV Tower, the limited managed pool data and the unique counterparty arrangements, the ratings for 2014-A were capped at ‘Asf’.

Strong Obligor Credit Quality: The 2014-A pool has a weighted average (WA) Fair Issac Corp. (FICO) score of 743. This is consistent with the recently issued HGVT 2014-A transaction. Based on the collateral pool, Fitch has arrived at a cumulative gross default (CGD) proxy of 13.00%.

Single Timeshare Site: The loans are associated with a single resort, Elara, in Las Vegas. However, these owners have the same usage and exchange rights as other HRC timeshare owners and become club members within HRC’s system. As such, the risk associated with a single site property is mitigated.

Presence of Prefunding Account: The 2014-A transaction features a prefunding account that will hold up to 10% of the initial note balance after the closing date to purchase eligible timeshare loans.

Available CE Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is expected to be 16.00% and 6.00% for class A and B notes, respectively. Soft CE is also provided by excess spread and is expected to be 9.66% per annum.

Quality of Origination/Servicing: LV Tower and HRC have demonstrated sufficient abilities as an originator and servicer of timeshare loans, respectively. This is evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of HRC’s managed portfolio and previous transactions.

Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of LV Tower, HRC or GVS would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults could produce CGD levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of CE and remaining default coverage levels available to the notes. Additionally, unanticipated increases in prepayment activity could also result in a decline in coverage. Decreased default coverage may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

Thus, Fitch conducts sensitivity analysis by stressing both a transaction’s initial base case CGD and prepayment assumptions by 1.5x and 2x and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The 1.5x and 2x increases of the base case CGD and prepayment assumptions represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust’s performance.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated October 14, 2014. Fitch’s analysis of the Representations and Warranties (RW) of this transaction can be found in Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’. These RWs are compared to those of typical RW for the asset class as detailed in the special report ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ dated April 17, 2012.

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘. For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com’.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (Oct. 14, 2014)

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’ (Oct. 14, 2014);

–’Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS’ (June 9, 2014);

–’Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–’Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (April 17, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=791408

Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749780

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=897655

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-expects-rate-elara-hgv-223200467.html

Fitch Expects to Rate Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to the notes issued by Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC:

–$107,530,000, class A asset-backed notes ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–$12,650,000, class B asset-backed notes ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Ratings Capped at ‘Asf’: Given that this is the first ABS transaction by LV Tower, the limited managed pool data and the unique counterparty arrangements, the ratings for 2014-A were capped at ‘Asf’.

Strong Obligor Credit Quality: The 2014-A pool has a weighted average (WA) Fair Issac Corp. (FICO) score of 743. This is consistent with the recently issued HGVT 2014-A transaction. Based on the collateral pool, Fitch has arrived at a cumulative gross default (CGD) proxy of 13.00%.

Single Timeshare Site: The loans are associated with a single resort, Elara, in Las Vegas. However, these owners have the same usage and exchange rights as other HRC timeshare owners and become club members within HRC’s system. As such, the risk associated with a single site property is mitigated.

Presence of Prefunding Account: The 2014-A transaction features a prefunding account that will hold up to 10% of the initial note balance after the closing date to purchase eligible timeshare loans.

Available CE Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is expected to be 16.00% and 6.00% for class A and B notes, respectively. Soft CE is also provided by excess spread and is expected to be 9.66% per annum.

Quality of Origination/Servicing: LV Tower and HRC have demonstrated sufficient abilities as an originator and servicer of timeshare loans, respectively. This is evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of HRC’s managed portfolio and previous transactions.

Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of LV Tower, HRC or GVS would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults could produce CGD levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of CE and remaining default coverage levels available to the notes. Additionally, unanticipated increases in prepayment activity could also result in a decline in coverage. Decreased default coverage may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

Thus, Fitch conducts sensitivity analysis by stressing both a transaction’s initial base case CGD and prepayment assumptions by 1.5x and 2x and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The 1.5x and 2x increases of the base case CGD and prepayment assumptions represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust’s performance.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated October 14, 2014. Fitch’s analysis of the Representations and Warranties (RW) of this transaction can be found in Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’. These RWs are compared to those of typical RW for the asset class as detailed in the special report ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ dated April 17, 2012.

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘. For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com’.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (Oct. 14, 2014)

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’ (Oct. 14, 2014);

–’Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS’ (June 9, 2014);

–’Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–’Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (April 17, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=791408

Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749780

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=897655

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-expects-rate-elara-hgv-223200467.html

Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

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Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

Continue to Part 6

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-marriott-timeshare-segment-spun-130019710.html

Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

Continue to Part 6

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-marriott-timeshare-segment-spun-130019710.html

Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

Continue to Part 6

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-marriott-timeshare-segment-spun-130019710.html

Fitch Expects to Rate Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to the notes issued by Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC:

–$107,530,000, class A asset-backed notes ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–$12,650,000, class B asset-backed notes ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Ratings Capped at ‘Asf’: Given that this is the first ABS transaction by LV Tower, the limited managed pool data and the unique counterparty arrangements, the ratings for 2014-A were capped at ‘Asf’.

Strong Obligor Credit Quality: The 2014-A pool has a weighted average (WA) Fair Issac Corp. (FICO) score of 743. This is consistent with the recently issued HGVT 2014-A transaction. Based on the collateral pool, Fitch has arrived at a cumulative gross default (CGD) proxy of 13.00%.

Single Timeshare Site: The loans are associated with a single resort, Elara, in Las Vegas. However, these owners have the same usage and exchange rights as other HRC timeshare owners and become club members within HRC’s system. As such, the risk associated with a single site property is mitigated.

Presence of Prefunding Account: The 2014-A transaction features a prefunding account that will hold up to 10% of the initial note balance after the closing date to purchase eligible timeshare loans.

Available CE Structure: Initial hard credit enhancement (CE) is expected to be 16.00% and 6.00% for class A and B notes, respectively. Soft CE is also provided by excess spread and is expected to be 9.66% per annum.

Quality of Origination/Servicing: LV Tower and HRC have demonstrated sufficient abilities as an originator and servicer of timeshare loans, respectively. This is evidenced by the historical delinquency and loss performance of HRC’s managed portfolio and previous transactions.

Legal Structure Integrity: The legal structure of the transaction should provide that a bankruptcy of LV Tower, HRC or GVS would not impair the timeliness of payments on the securities.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults could produce CGD levels higher than the base case and would likely result in declines of CE and remaining default coverage levels available to the notes. Additionally, unanticipated increases in prepayment activity could also result in a decline in coverage. Decreased default coverage may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

Thus, Fitch conducts sensitivity analysis by stressing both a transaction’s initial base case CGD and prepayment assumptions by 1.5x and 2x and examining the rating implications on all classes of issued notes. The 1.5x and 2x increases of the base case CGD and prepayment assumptions represent moderate and severe stresses, respectively, and are intended to provide an indication of the rating sensitivity of notes to unexpected deterioration of a trust’s performance.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report dated October 14, 2014. Fitch’s analysis of the Representations and Warranties (RW) of this transaction can be found in Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’. These RWs are compared to those of typical RW for the asset class as detailed in the special report ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ dated April 17, 2012.

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘. For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com’.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (Oct. 14, 2014)

–’Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC – Appendix’ (Oct. 14, 2014);

–’Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS’ (June 9, 2014);

–’Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–’Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (April 17, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Elara HGV Timeshare Issuer 2014-A, LLC (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=791408

Criteria for Rating U.S. Timeshare Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749780

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=897655

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-expects-rate-elara-hgv-223200467.html

Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

Continue to Part 6

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-marriott-timeshare-segment-spun-130019710.html

Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

Must-know: A company overview of Marriott International Inc. (Part 5 of 14)

(Continued from Part 4)

Marriott’s timeshare segment

Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. Timesharing, or vacation ownership, is a method of getting the right to use a vacation property—like a hotel or resort—for a pre-specified time period. The property is available at a fraction of the purchase cost. Click here to learn more about timesharing or vacation ownership. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

A spinoff is sale of an existing business or division by a parent company. Less productive, unrelated subsidiary businesses or mature businesses are sold so that the company can focus on products and divisions with higher growth prospects.

The new structure should allow Marriott to focus on its core lodging and franchise business. After the spinoff, Marriott no longer includes the timeshare as a separate segment under its consolidated financial statements. The spinoff resulted in a $177 million operating loss in 2011.

License agreement with MVW

MVW still has license agreements with Marriott—even after the spinoff. MVW develops and operates timeshare and related products under the Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton brand. The brands licensed to MVW include Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Marriott’s (MAR) competitors’ timeshare brands include Hilton’s (HLT) Hilton Grand Vacation, Starwood’s (or HOT) Starwood Vacation Ownership, Hyatt’s (H) Hyatt Residence, and Wyndham’s (WYN) Wyndham Vacation resorts.

Marriott receives a license fee—a fixed amount of $50 million. It also gets 2% on the sale price received from the sale of vacation ownership units and residential real estate units. It gets 1% for the resale of such units.

Franchising versus licensing

The franchisor assists the franchisee with branding and marketing. The franchisor also maintains considerable control over business operations. Under a licensing agreement, the company that sells licenses—to use its brand or intellectual property—only has control of how its IP is used. It doesn’t have control over the licensee’s business operations.

Investors can gain access to hotel companies through exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) like the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) and the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure Entertainment Portfolio (or PEJ).

Continue to Part 6

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-marriott-timeshare-segment-spun-130019710.html

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