The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed their overall new business volume for April was $8.8 billion, up 11% year-over-year from new business volume in April 2018. Volume was up 7% month-to-month from $8.2 billion in March. Year to date, cumulative new business volume was down 5% compared to 2018.
Receivables over 30 days were 1.50%, down from 1.90% the previous month and down from 2.40% the same period in 2018. Charge-offs were 0.32%, down from 0.37% the previous month, and up slightly from 0.30% in the year-earlier period.
Credit approvals totaled 76.8%, up from 75.3% from March. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 0.3% year-over-year.
Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) in May is 59.2, up from the April index of 58.3.
“Second quarter new business volume starts off strongly. Continued low interest rates, a strong labor market and solid economic fundamentals all contribute to healthy demand by U.S. businesses—both large and small—for financed assets to run their business operations,” said ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta. “Historically elevated credit quality also remains a signature feature of financing transactions conducted by ELFA members.”