Equipment Sector

Waiting for the Boom: Embattled Construction Companies Need Nuanced Capital Strategies

Jim Case

To the casual observer, it must seem like high times for the global construction industry. Massive federal, state and local government funding has been committed to housing and infrastructure stimulus programs, including the $1.2 trillion U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs... read more

How The Freight Recession Has Impacted Carriers

Patrick Gaskins

Ever since COVID-19, the global economy has been on a rollercoaster ride, experiencing significant ups and downs brought about by supply chain issues either caused or exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s a tale told around the globe: after the pandemic... read more

How Will the Current Economic Climate and the Increase in Equipment Costs Affect Capital Investments in 2024?

Patrick Gaskins

The Equipment Leasing and Financing Association (ELFA) recently published its forecast for funding growth by market segment for 2024. As is the case for most years, some sectors will be on the rise and others will be trending downward.  Because... read more

Making Mitsubishi HC Capital America – A Calculated Rationale

Ian Koplin

On April 1, 2021, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL) and Hitachi Capital Corp.  merged and changed its corporate name to Mitsubishi HC Capital, Inc. At that point, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance was an approximately $65 billion... read more

A New Era in Rail Regulation: The East Palestine Train Derailment – Reactions and Next Steps for the Rail Industry

Shari Domow Bacsardi, Dillon Redding, Joshua Wabnik

As of late, the East Palestine train derailment, a disastrous incident that led to a controlled burn of hazardous chemicals and a multi-day evacuation of a small Ohio town, has been a hot topic for politicians, news pundits, and rail... read more


Capital Equipment Financing: The Middle Market’s Unmet Need

Kevin Ronan

Capital equipment financing is a discipline all its own – especially when working with middle market companies. Few institutions have the requisite industry experience, let alone resources and creativity, to craft industry-specific financing solutions for individual customers. And that means... read more

Managing Asset Portfolios Through Inflationary Times

Patrick Gaskins

Market variables are all over the board. Over the past year, we have seen housing prices rise by almost 60% in some markets. In the heavy truck market, asset prices have increased about 20% and we continue to see surcharges... read more

How Technology and Analytics Help With Asset Utilization Under Lease Agreements

Frank Bussone

When setting up a lease agreement, having customized structures for assets in different operational scenarios is pivotal. It is highly unlikely that a fleet is going to have 100% of its assets running the same amount of miles a year,... read more

Zero Emission Vehicles are Here – Is the Equipment Industry Ready?

John Crum

Zero emission commercial electric vehicles are here, and more are on the way with market share gains coming faster and higher than you would expect. According to a recent report titled “Charging Forward” by ACT Research, electric powered vehicles could... read more

2022 Healthcare Industry Outlook

John Sparta

Over the past year, we saw rapid acceleration of innovation in the healthcare space. Digitalization and telemedicine solidified their place in a sustainable healthcare model as patients came to expect more convenient access to care. Nearly $4 trillion is spent... read more

Supply Chain Disruption: Smoothing out a Bumpy Road

Patrick Gaskins, Ray Ellingsen

Ray Ellingsen: Pat, it appears market pundits believe supply chain restrictions may last well into 2022 if not beyond. What general insights can you share about the near-term asset availability shortage and longer-term impact assessment? Availability forecast? Model year implications?... read more

Ask the Expert: What is the Trajectory of the Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage?

Jeff Barron

Modern-day automotive vehicles rely on advanced technology more than ever to deliver an exceptional driving experience coupled with innovative safety and mobility features. But there’s currently an unprecedented global shortage of an integral part to these vehicles—semiconductor chips—that’s affecting nearly... read more

Healthcare Equipment Finance Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

Justin Tabone

Last spring, when the coronavirus first hit, dentists throughout the U.S. saw their practices devastated. Amid the lockdowns, 76% of dental offices shuttered for all but emergencies, while 19% halted patient visits altogether, according to a survey by the American Dental... read more

Celebrating Wins From A Tumultuous Year: Lessons Learned

Patrick Gaskins

2020 was quite a year, and much of the talk surrounding the events center on COVID-19. That said, even with all of the heartache, there were some bright spots that need to be celebrated. Let’s start with the fact that... read more

A New Aircraft Recycling Model Taking Flight

Sven Daniel Koechler

With over 14,000 passenger aircraft grounded due to the pandemic and a large percentage facing decommission, the aviation industry is exploring sustainable aircraft recycling business models that offer environmental preservation and deliver a higher return on investment to owners and... read more

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