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April 13 , 2015

New business volume up year-over-year

Washington, DC—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 $903 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for February was $6.1 billion, up 13 per cent from new business volume in February 2014. Volume was down 9 per cent from January. Year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 12 per cent compared to 2014. Receivables over 30 days were 1.1 per cent, unchanged from the previous month and from the same period in 2014. Charge-offs were at an all-time low of 0.2 per cent for the 12th consecutive month. Credit approvals totaled 78.1 per cent in February, down slightly from 78.6 per cent in January. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 3.0 per cent year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for March is 72.1, an increase from the February index of 66.3 and the highest level in four years. ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, said: “February’s new business growth reflects a U.S. economy that seems to be on the verge of a breakout performance. Most metrics measuring economic health are positive, although the strong dollar is negatively impacting our export markets. Capex shows favorable growth, particularly in certain market sectors. The wild card, of course, is U.S. monetary policy, with the Fed poised to raise interest rates in the not-too-distant future. While higher interest rates typically favor the fixed-rate structure of most equipment finance transactions, it remains to be seen if volume growth can be sustained going forward.”

Brian Holland, President and CFO, Fleet Advantage, LLC, said, “The results of the MLFI report and increase in year-over-year new business volume are reflective of our results and what we are seeing in the market. In the transportation sector, order volume for Class 8 trucks continues to be very robust, and newer technologies and government mandates are driving improved fuel economy. By leveraging flexible leasing solutions to acquire newer, more fuel-efficient equipment, fleet operators are able to capture significant operational savings and achieve the lowest cost of ownership. We continue to see increased optimism and confidence in this sector and maintain a positive outlook for 2015.” 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 below and also at http://www.elfaonline.org/Data/MLFI/ MLFI-25 Methodology The 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. ELFA MLFI-25 Participants BancorpSouth Equipment Finance Bank of America Bank of the West BB&T Bank BMO Harris Equipment Finance Canon Financial Services Caterpillar Financial Services CIT DLL Dell Financial Services Direct Capital Corporation EverBank Commercial Finance Fifth Third Equipment Finance First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company GreatAmerica Financial Services Hitachi Credit America HP Financial Services Huntington Equipment Finance John Deere Financial Key Equipment Finance LEAF Commercial Capital M&T Bank Marlin Leasing Merchants Capital PNC Equipment Finance RBS Asset Finance SG Equipment Finance Siemens Financial Services Stearns Bank SunTrust Equipment Finance Group Susquehanna Commercial Finance TCF Equipment Finance US Bancorp Equipment Finance Verizon Capital Volvo Financial Services Wells Fargo Equipment Finance About ELFA The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $903 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 580 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 www.elfaonline.org. Follow ELFA: Twitter: @ELFAonline LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=89692 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELFApage ELFA is the premier source for statistics and analyses concerning the equipment finance sector. Please visit http://www.elfaonline.org/Data/ for additional information. The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is the non-profit affiliate to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, providing future-focused research to the equipment finance industry. For more information please visit the website at www.leasefoundation.org ### Media/Press Contact: Amy Vogt, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, ELFA, 202-238-3438 or avogt@elfaonline.org If you wish to unsubscribe or opt out of further communications from Four Leaf Public Relations, please reply to this email with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line or body copy. We apologize for any inconvenience.



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