New Leasing and Finance Business was Up 14% in August


Sept. 26, 2023 - The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed that new business volume for August was $10.1 billion, up 14% year over year.

Volume was up 2% from $9.9 billion in July.

Year-to-date, cumulative new business volume was up 2.8% compared to 2022.

The index reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.

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

Charge-offs were 0.34%, up from 0.32% the previous month and up from 0.17% a year earlier.

Credit approvals totaled 75.1%, down from 75.3% in July.

Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 2.3% year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) in September is 50.3, steady with the August index of 50.4.

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “At its recent meeting, the Fed signaled to keep interest rates artificially elevated for the time being, hoping to continue its campaign to control inflation. Despite this higher interest rate environment, many businesses continue to invest in productive assets. As they do, equipment finance companies are providing the necessary capital to help these businesses thrive and prosper.”

Craig Weinewuth, president and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi HC Capital America, Inc., said, “The August MLFI survey results are encouraging given recent economic turbulence caused by high interest rates and inflationary pressures. Growth in new business volume is improving across all industries, especially for technology assets, clean energy assets, and projects in transportation and construction. As an independent lender, we are also experiencing an increase in activity as companies are looking for flexible financing alternatives amid credit tightening. Companies will always need access to capital to support and sustain growth, and we expect demand for financing new equipment to continue to strengthen as the economic environment improves.”


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