Structure of Volkswagen Financial Services
Volkswagen Financial Services comprises dealer and customer financing, leasing, direct banking and insurance activities, fleet management and mobility services in 48 countries. The key companies are Volkswagen Financial Services AG and its affiliated companies such as Volkswagen Leasing GmbH, as well as Volkswagen Bank GmbH, Porsche Financial Services and the financial services companies in the United States and Canada, the only exceptions being the financial services business of the Scania brand and of Porsche Holding Salzburg.
Volkswagen Financial Services and Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) are expanding their successful collaboration in the field of nature conservation and climate action. To this end, the provider of financial and mobility services in the Volkswagen Group is providing €450 thousand for the nature conservation organization to restore the Aller river in the district of Verden between Hülsen and the mouth of the Weser River. The aim is to create more natural conditions for the riverbed and floodplain to increase biodiversity, but also to improve flood protection. Along with moorland protection, the restoration of watercourses is a further focus of the financial services provider’s involvement.
Volkswagen Financial Services introduced a car subscription service (Auto-Abo) to its customers in 2020, and in doing so further expanded its mobility offering. Customers can book various vehicle classes and conclude a contract for a minimum of three months. Thereafter, this contract can be terminated on a monthly basis. Subscribers pay only for the use of the vehicle and for fuel. All other relevant costs such as registration, servicing, insurance and taxes are covered by the monthly mobility rate. In the dynamic market for mobility products, the financial service provider is responding to the customer’s desire for a high degree of flexibility and comprehensive cost control with its Auto-Abo car subscription service.
Volkswagen Financial Services is supporting the Volkswagen Group’s electric mobility offensive with its Lease&Care package solution, starting with the sales launch of the ID.3. This product offers customers a choice of various modular service options, allowing them to maintain full cost transparency when running their new electric vehicle. Volkswagen Financial Services is deliberately focusing on the advantages of leasing for electric mobility and assumes that around 80% of Volkswagen Group electric vehicles will be leased or financed through Financial Services.
Volkswagen Financial Services took over the business travel start-up Voya in 2020, adding business travel management to its mobility offering for fleet customers. Voya offers a digital travel assistant for companies as a smartphone app and for desktop use. Given that fleet and travel management are gradually converging in many companies, Volkswagen Financial Services aims to provide its fleet customers with a corresponding offering based on Voya in the future.
Following its launch in Germany and the United Kingdom, the online platform heycar was successfully rolled out in Spain in fiscal year 2020. Guaranteed used cars of all major automobile brands will now also be offered in Spain under the umbrella of Mobility Trader Spain S.L..
The main refinancing sources for Volkswagen Financial Services are money market and capital market instruments, asset-backed securities (ABS) transactions, customer deposits from the direct banking business and bank credit lines.
In 2020, Volkswagen Financial Services AG issued three bonds with different terms and a total volume of €2.15 billion. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related turmoil in the money and capital markets, risk premiums were higher than in previous issuances. However, the high demand from investors attests to confidence in the business model.
Other bond transactions were conducted in countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden and Norway. In addition to this, private placements were issued in various currencies.
Volkswagen Bank did not enter into any transactions with unsecured bonds in the reporting period.
In fiscal year 2020, Volkswagen Leasing GmbH placed two ABS transactions secured by lease receivables with a volume of €1 billion and €1.1 billion, respectively. The issuances met the quality criteria of the STS Securitization Regulation for particularly high-value securitizations and were oversubscribed several times.
Outside Germany, Volkswagen Financial Services issued a total of six ABS transactions in the United States, China, Spain and Japan. Driver China eleven represented the successful placement by Volkswagen Financial Services of its largest-ever auto ABS in Chinese renminbi (RMB). The transaction has a volume of over RMB 8 billion (around €1.0 billion) in receivables and is backed by financing contracts concluded with Volkswagen Finance (China). China is one of the most important markets for Volkswagen Financial Services with a current contract portfolio of more than 1.2 million units.