New Equipment Financing in November Down 12% from a Year Ago | Construction News

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1-trillion equipment-finance sector, showed the overall new-business volume for November was $6.1 billion, down 12% from new business volume in November 2014. The November 2015 volume was down 21% from $7.7 billion in October 2015. Year to date, cumulative new business volume actually increased 1%, compared to 2014.

Receivables over 30 days were 1.1%, up from 1.0% the previous month and up from 1.02% from the same period in 2014. Charge-offs were 0.30%, up from 0.27% the previous month.

Credit approvals totaled 79.0% in November, down slightly from 80.1% in October. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 4.7%, year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for December is 60.2, unchanged from last month’s index.
 
ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, said, “Volume in the equipment finance sector, with some exceptions, continued to slow, reflecting a pull-back in consumer spending and business investment during the second half of the year. Credit quality is beginning to move off its historic lows, as some sectors including energy, mining and related industries continue to weaken. With one month left in the year—typically, a strong period for the equipment finance business—it remains to be seen whether total volume for 2015 remains in positive territory. Also to be monitored is the impact of slowly rising interest rates on industry performance as we move into the new year.”

Edward Hetherington, President, Doosan Infracore Financial Solutions,, said, “Our core business remains strong and up over 10% for the year. Portfolio performance continues to remain at historic lows. Leasing business continues to grow and used equipment values remain strong.”

About the ELFA’s MLFI-25

The MLFI-25 is the only 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/Data/MLFI/