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Financing the Road to Energy Independence

In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is shifting. Population growth and a move towards decentralized power and distributed energy resources are continuing to reform the energy landscape. As organizations adapt their energy infrastructure to meet today’s market challenges, private financing is uniquely positioned to take a leading role, with companies like Siemens offering the technology and expertise to support this trend. ... read more

An Intersection of Risk and Reward: Where the Sharing Economy and New Equipment Finance Models Meet

Sharing economy business models are beginning to gain traction in the B2B equipment space, despite the challenges. As IoT, machine learning and software applications continue to converge into product design, Patricia Voorhees and Diane Croessmann expect a rapid expansion of capabilities and more aggressive adoption of managed services transactions in the form of pure usage models.... read more

Innovate or Die: Lenders Must Partner with Tech Providers… or Face Disruption

Blockchain and AI may seem like mere buzzwords, but these technologies are already being implemented. For lenders who want to avoid disruption, now is the time to form relationships with innovators.... read more

Innovate or Die: Lenders Must Partner with Tech Providers…or Face Disruption

Blockchain and AI may seem like mere buzzwords, but these technologies are already being implemented. For lenders who want to avoid disruption, now is the time to form relationships with innovators.... read more

The Age of Omnichannel: Utilizing Technology to Meet Customers Where They Are

In a Monitor Q&A, executives from four software companies — Farooq Ghauri of NetSol Technologies, Mukul Mittal from Cloud Lending Solutions, Madhu Natarajan from Odessa Technologies and Jeff Van Slyke from LeaseTeam — discuss blockchain, AI, smart contracts, machine learning and other technology strategies for equipment finance companies.... read more

ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum: Accelerating Empowerment in Equipment Finance

Designed to empower women to take an active role in the ELFA and their workplaces, the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum provided leadership development sessions on effective networking, communication and persuasion and opportunities to build relationships with other women in the industry.... read more

Equipment-Backed ABS: Continued Strength Contributes to Increase in Independent M&A Activity

Thanks to strong performance, equipment-backed ABS has been an investor favorite for the last few years, but new competition may be on the horizon. Sergey Moiseenko and Chuck Weilamann from rating agency DBRS provide an overview and outlook for the sector.... read more

The New Definition of Success: Evolving Vendor/Captive Finance for a Fintech Future

While fintech equipment finance is currently in stealth mode, The Alta Group expects efficient, well-designed fintechs to make their mark on the industry very soon. With the help of her colleagues, Patricia Voorhees explores what this will mean for vendor and captive finance companies.... read more

ELFA/IMN Investors’ Conference: Equipment ABS Market ‘Strong at All Levels’

Presenters at the 17th Annual Investors’ Conference shared an optimistic outlook for the equipment finance industry, with ABS “strong at all levels,” M&A “very frothy” and 2018 business investment expected to be “very bullish.”... read more

M&A Activity Continues Strong: Awaiting the Impact of New Developments

The Alta Group’s Bruce Kropschot and James Jackson examine the M&A market for independent equipment finance companies. Although another good year is expected, several factors could affect the market, including rising interest rates, stock market trends, tax reform legislation and accounting rule changes.... read more

Blockbuster Deals: A Look at High Profile Independent Acquisitions

Over the last 12 months, several major independent equipment leasing companies have been acquired. Banks and private equity firms were some of the major acquirers, with People’s United Bank buying LEAF Commercial Capital and Solar Capital taking on Nations Equipment Finance. What has led to this spike in activity, and will it continue?... read more

Seeing Clearly: 2017 Provides Improved Clarity for Equipment Finance Landscape

With more than half of 2017 in the books, Ralph Petta and Anthony Cracchiolo provide an update on the equipment finance industry from the ELFA’s perspective. They discuss struggling sectors and the 2016 election, improved performance in 2017 and what the association is working on and expecting in the next year.... read more

Evolving with ‘Servitization’: The Days of Buying Equipment Are Numbered

Today’s customers want to enjoy the benefits of equipment use without the hassles of ownership. Equipment finance structures are evolving to keep up with this trend. Monitor examines three types of servitization and the way these new structures will affect the future of the industry.... read more

Changing Dynamics: Industry Leaders Share Their Insights

Lisa Miller sits down with four executives, each representing a different corner of the equipment finance universe, to discuss the current state of the industry. They share their thoughts on 2017’s ability to live up to expectations, their outlook for the rest of the year and the myriad ways recent natural disasters will inevitably affect the industry.... read more

Limited Benefit Method: An Alternative to the Multiple Investment Sinking Fund Yield

Ray James from Ivory Consulting provides an overview of the various methods used to measure lease tax benefits, including the alternate limited benefit method, which has become popular as focus has shifted to both leverage and lease accounting considerations.... read more

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