Equipment Leasing and Finance Dipped in September

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The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) reports that overall new business volume for September was $9.7 billion, down 5% year-over-year from September 2022.

 

Monthly volume was down 4% from $10.1 billion in August.

 

Year-to-date, cumulative new business rose 1.9% compared to 2022.

 

Receivables over 30 days were 2.3%, unchanged for the second consecutive month and up from 1.5% in the same period of 2022.

 

Charge-offs were 0.36%, up from 0.34% the previous month and up from 0.17% in the period of last year.

 

Credit approvals totaled 73.6%, down from 75.1% in August. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 2.7% year-over-year.

 

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) in October is 40.1, down 10.2 points from the September index of 50.3.

 

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “Respondents to the September survey show a slight decline in new business volume, providing fresh evidence that liquidity issues brought about, in part, by high interest rates and stubborn inflation are having a somewhat negative impact on demand for business equipment in select sectors. Of equal or greater concern is the quality of equipment finance company portfolios, as losses and delinquencies continue to edge up slightly. Both bear monitoring as we enter the fourth quarter of the year.”     

 

Bill Stephenson, Global Chief Executive Officer, PEAC Solutions, said, “After the positive growth of recent months, the September survey results underscore the near-term challenges being faced by the U.S. economy. With monetary policy remaining restrictive and the cloud of further rate hikes still hanging in the air, business confidence has continued to soften and curtail investment activity. Our industry has demonstrated its resilience, having successfully navigated these economic headwinds for most of 2023 and delivering year-over-year growth. However, recent adverse events, such as the escalation of hostilities in the Middle East, will weigh on market sentiment and could further slow activity in the final months of the year.”

 

About ELFA’s MLFI-25

The MLFI-25 is the only near-real-time index that reflects capex, or the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S. The MLFI-25 is released globally at 8 a.m. Eastern time from Washington, D.C., each month on the day before the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the durable goods report. The MLFI-25 is a financial indicator that complements the durable goods report and other economic indexes, including the Institute for Supply Management Index, which reports economic activity in the manufacturing sector. Together with the MLFI-25 these reports provide a complete view of the status of productive assets in the U.S. economy: equipment produced, acquired and financed.

 

The MLFI-25 is a time series that reflects two years of business activity for the 25 companies currently participating in the survey. The latest MLFI-25, including methodology and participants, is available at www.elfaonline.org/knowledge-hub/mlfi-25-monthly-leasing-and-finance-index.

 

The MLFI-25 is part of the Knowledge Hub, the source for business intelligence in the equipment finance industry. Visit the hub at www.elfaonline.org/KnowledgeHub.




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