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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: August 2016 Leasing and Finance Index

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 their overall new business volume for August was $7.7 billion, up 12 percent year-over-year from new business volume in August 2015. Volume was up 10 percent month-to-month from $7.0 billion in July. Year to date, cumulative new business volume decreased 6 percent compared to 2015.

Receivables over 30 days were 1.3 percent, unchanged from the previous month and up from 0.99 percent in the same period in 2015. Charge-offs were 0.44 percent, up from 0.38 percent the previous month.

Credit approvals totaled 76.9 percent in August, up from 75.9 percent in July. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 3.3 percent year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for September is 53.8, a decrease from the August index of 54.8.
 
ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “August data are mixed, with new business volume strengthening when compared both to the same period last year and last month. However, year to date volume still lags behind. Credit quality continues to show some softness, with charge offs and delinquencies inching upward. Taking together the Fed’s September decision to stay pat on interest rates, and the approaching presidential election, the sector continues to give no clear indication about where it's headed.”

“Although our industry has seen overall levels of contraction in new business volume, the August 2016 MLFI-25 results show positive momentum.  Economic and political uncertainties notwithstanding, the fundamentals of our economy remain strong along with favorable drivers for capital equipment investment, such as low interest rates and tax incentives,” said Anthony Sasso, President of TD Equipment Finance. “At TDEF, we continue to see favorable portfolio credit metrics and positive year over year growth in booked volume and backlog, further demonstrating investment in fixed assets across many of our vertical markets. From an industry perspective, the August MLFI data is encouraging and a hopeful sign of positive trends for the balance of the year.”
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