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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index


July New Business Volume Up 4 Percent Year-over-year, Down 10
Percent Month-to-Month, Up 4 Percent Year-to-date

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 July was $8.2 billion, up 4 percent year-over-year from new
business volume in July 2017. Volume was down 10 percent month-to-month
from $9.1 billion in June. Year to date, cumulative new business volume
was up 4 percent compared to 2017.

Receivables over 30 days were 1.90 percent, up from 1.40 percent the
previous month and up from 1.40 percent the same period in 2017.
Charge-offs were 0.31 percent, down from 0.33 percent the previous
month, and down from 0.35 percent in the year-earlier period.

Credit approvals totaled 76.2 percent in July, up from 75.8 percent in
June. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 0.6 percent
year over year. During 2017, headcount was elevated due to acquisition
activity at an MLFI reporting company.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly
Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) in August is 60.7, easing from the July index
of 62.8.

President and CEO Ralph Petta
said, "End-of-summer volume
remains steady in the face of slowly rising interest rates and trade and
tariff concerns in some pockets of the economy. Fundamentals in the
economy also remain steady, featuring solid second quarter growth, low
unemployment, a gravity-defying equities market and continued optimism
in much of the business community borne out of tax legislation enacted
last year. As we enter the late summer months, industry observers will
be keeping a close eye on changes in credit markets as well as a
flattening of the yield curve in the broader bond market, either of
which could have implications for the economy in general, and the
equipment finance space in particular."

Hines, Managing Director – Head of Direct Originations, SunTrust
Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp.
, said, "Over the past five
months SunTrust has seen new originations pick up across our lines of
business, as companies broadly have adjusted for changes resulting from
tax reform. Some companies have expressed concern regarding the impact
trade tariffs may have. However, we remain optimistic as the outlook for
capital expenditure plans over the next 12 months appears robust and new
projects are coming online in our markets regularly."

About the ELFA's MLFI-25

The MLFI-25 is the only index that reflects capex, or the volume of
commercial equipment financed in the U.S. The MLFI-25 is released
globally at 8 a.m. Eastern time from Washington, D.C., each month on the
day before the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the durable
goods report
. The MLFI-25 is a financial indicator that
complements the durable goods report and other economic indexes,
including the Institute
for Supply Management Index
, which reports economic activity in
the manufacturing sector. Together with the MLFI-25 these reports
provide a complete view of the status of productive assets in the U.S.
economy: equipment produced, acquired and financed.

The MLFI-25 is a time series that reflects two years of business
activity for the 25 companies currently participating in the survey. The
latest MLFI-25, including methodology and participants, is available at

MLFI-25 Methodology

ELFA produces the MLFI-25 survey to help member organizations achieve
competitive advantage by providing them with leading-edge research and
benchmarking information to support strategic business decision making.

The MLFI-25 is a barometer of the trends in U.S. capital equipment
investment. Five components are included in the survey: new business
volume (originations), aging of receivables, charge-offs, credit
approval ratios, (approved vs. submitted) and headcount for the
equipment finance business.

The MLFI-25 measures monthly commercial equipment lease and loan
activity as reported by participating ELFA member equipment finance
companies representing a cross section of the equipment finance sector,
including small ticket, middle-market, large ticket, bank, captive and
independent leasing and finance companies. Based on hard survey data,
the responses mirror the economic activity of the broader equipment
finance sector and current business conditions nationally.

About ELFA

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade
association that represents companies in the $1 trillion 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
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. For
more information, please visit

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ELFA is the premier source for statistics and analyses concerning the
equipment finance sector. Please visit
for additional information.

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit
organization that propels the equipment finance sector—and its
people—forward through industry specific knowledge, intelligence, and
programs that contribute to industry innovation, individual careers, and
the overall betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.
The Foundation is funded through charitable individual and corporate
donations. Learn more at

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