Oct. 29, 2023 – The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) reports that the Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows that confidence dropped by 10.2 points from September to October.
The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.
Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market as of mid October is 40.1, down from 50.3 in September.
When asked about the outlook for the future, MCI-EFI survey respondent Mark Bonanno, president and COO, North Mill Equipment Finance, said, “The macroeconomic environment remains challenging. The U.S. is facing the largest peacetime deficit ever. The likelihood of a government shutdown has increased due to U.S. political upheaval and the pending election cycle. Inflation remains significantly above Fed targets, and the possibility of interest rates going higher or remaining elevated for longer than expected is high, making a recession more likely than not.”
October 2023 Survey Results:
The overall MCI-EFI is 40.1, a decrease from the September index of 50.3.
October 2023 MCI-EFI Survey Comment from Industry Executive Leadership:
Bank, Small Ticket
“The equipment finance industry will continue to flex to find the opportunities that exist in our current market and will find solutions to the challenges in pockets of the industry. I am confident that we will continue to grow profitably through this time.” David Normandin, president and CEO, Wintrust Specialty Finance
Independent, Small Ticket
“While we have avoided recession in 2023, there are a number of dark clouds on the horizon that could tip the scale, including the cumulative effect of higher interest rates, higher oil prices, the resumption of student loan payments and the ongoing risk of a government shutdown. Some, but certainly not all, of our customers are wary about the future and seem to be a little more skeptical on capital spending.” Bruce J. Winter,pPresident, FSG Capital, Inc.
“When the auto union strike is settled, the result is likely going to include an increase in wages and benefits for the workers. An increase in inflation will follow.” James D. Jenks, CEO, Global Finance and Leasing Services, LLC.
Who participates in the MCI-EFI?
The respondents are comprised of a wide cross-section of industry executives, including large-ticket, middle-market and small-ticket banks, independents, and captive equipment finance companies. The MCI-EFI uses the same pool of 50 organization leaders to respond monthly to ensure the survey’s integrity. Since the same organizations provide the data from month to month, the results constitute a consistent barometer of the industry's confidence.
How is the MCI-EFI designed?
The survey consists of seven questions and an area for comments, asking the respondents’ opinions about the following:
How may I access the MCI-EFI?
Survey results are posted on the Foundation website, https://www.leasefoundation.org/industry-resources/monthly-confidence-index/, included in the Foundation Forecast eNewsletter, and included in press releases. Survey respondent demographics and additional information about the MCI are also available at the link above.