WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 $725 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for July was $7.2 billion, up 9 percent compared to volume in July 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was down 16 percent from June. Year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 10 percent compared to 2012.
“The MLFI-25 leasing volume is up 10 percent year to date, with minimal change in participants’ risk appetite. Aggregate delinquency and charge-off metrics are good indicators of a stable economic business environment. The data suggests the equipment leasing industry continues to enjoy strong new lease growth and healthy portfolios.”
Receivables over 30 days were at 1.5 percent in July, up slightly from the historic low of 1.4 percent in June. Delinquencies declined from 2.2 percent in the same period in 2012. Charge-offs were unchanged for the past five months at the all-time low of 0.3 percent.
Credit approvals totaled 78.6 percent in July, relatively unchanged from the previous two months. Fifty-eight percent of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during July, up from 54 percent the previous month.
Finally, total headcount for equipment finance companies was up one percent year over year.
Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for August is 61.0, up for the fourth consecutive month and an increase from the July index of 59.4.
ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, said: “The amount of new business financed during the spring and summer months continues to grow at a moderate pace. While cooling off somewhat from a torrid June, this month’s increase in financing activity matches a strengthening economy evidenced by a rebounding housing market, GDP growth and declining unemployment picture. Credit markets also continue to perform well. These data points bode well for additional investment in capital equipment and an expanding U.S. economy. It will be interesting to see if this positive trend holds up as we move into late-summer and fall.”
William Houston, Senior Director, Corporate Administration, Canon Financial Services, Inc., said, “The MLFI-25 leasing volume is up 10 percent year to date, with minimal change in participants’ risk appetite. Aggregate delinquency and charge-off metrics are good indicators of a stable economic business environment. The data suggests the equipment leasing industry continues to enjoy strong new lease growth and healthy portfolios.”
About the ELFA’s MLFI-25
The MLFI-25 is the only index that reflects capex—the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S.—and is released as a complementary economic indicator the day before the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the durable goods report.
To read a detailed description and methodology of the MLFI-25, visit http://www.elfaonline.org/Research/MLFI.
About the ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $725 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its more than 575 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. ELFA has been equipping business for success for more than 50 years. For more information, please visit www.elfaonline.org.