ELFA Reports 3% Y/Y Decrease in NBV During December

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s monthly leasing and finance index showed that overall new business volume for December was $12.1 billion, down 3% year-over-year from new business volume in December 2015.

Volume was up 89% month-to-month from $6.4 billion in November in a typical end-of-year spike. Cumulative new business volume for 2016 was down 2% from 2015.

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “New business volume ends the year on a relatively high note, despite a slight decline in full-year 2015-16 originations.  Credit market metrics remain in acceptable ranges. With a seemingly business-friendly Trump Administration assuming the reins of power in Washington, business owners share a cautious optimism as they look to policies that hopefully will continue growing the U.S. economy and stimulate capital investment in the months and years ahead.”

Receivables over 30 days were 1.40%, up from 1.30% the previous month and up from 1.10% in the same period in 2015. Charge-offs were 0.42%, up from 0.40% the previous month but virtually flat when compared to the year-earlier period.

Credit approvals totaled 77.4%in December, up from 76.0% in November.

Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 5.7% year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s monthly confidence index for January is 73.4, an increase from the December index of 67.5 and the highest index since the MCI was launched in May 2009 to track recovery after the 2008 downturn.

“We finance the commercial sales for manufacturers, distributors and dealers in a number of industries. Through these relationships we have a good overview of Main Street businesses,” said Mike Jones, managing director, CIT Equipment Finance. “As a result, we are seeing greater commitment among small and medium-sized organizations to invest in capital equipment. We’re hearing that these companies are really excited about what they have to offer their customers and are making investments to support their growth. It is refreshing to hear the optimism again.”

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