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Equipment Leasing in Latin America Enters Mature Growth Phase

November 06, 2014, 06:13 AM
Filed Under: International

Equipment leasing and asset finance has continued its sustained growth pace in many Latin American countries, while others such as  Brazil  kept declining, according to the Alta LAR 100 report.
The Alta LAR 100, produced by The Alta Group Latin American Region (Alta LAR) since 2004, identifies industry trends, estimates county-by-county portfolio values, and ranks the region’s top 100 leasing companies. Alta is the leading global consultancy focused on equipment leasing and asset finance.
The firm is introducing the latest Alta LAR 100 at its XII Latin American Leasing Conference on Nov. 6 in Miami. The Alta LAR 100 report estimates that the region’s overall equipment leasing and finance portfolio value in 2013 decreased 1.03% primarily because of Brazil’s poor performance.  Brazil , home to the largest Latin American economy, descended to the third place in portfolio size, below  Colombia  and  Chile .  For the second year in a row, taking  Brazil  out of the equation, overall portfolio values in the region would have increased 16.25%.
“Brazil is no longer a significant player in the equipment leasing and financing industry in Latin America. Its industry leaders refused to innovate and adjust themselves to the challenges of the times, in spite of the fact that they still have one of the most favorable tax environments for leasing,” wrote Rafael Castillo-Triana, CEO of Alta LAR.  “Now, it is time to focus in the countries that are experiencing growth through innovation, financial penetration, and adjustment of value propositions to their customers. The key countries are  Mexico ,  Chile , and  Colombia .” The report cites several specific developments that have contributed to the emergence of these equipment financing markets.
“A common feature that explains the development of the markets that are growing is the emergence of highly professional players that have reinforced their asset management capabilities,” Castillo-Triana added. “Most of the growth in Mexico, Chile, and Colombia is due to the emergence of operating leases and renting. At the same time, the leasing industries in  Argentina  and  Bolivia , while still not very active in operating leases, show outstanding growth and higher penetration in fixed capital formation of their respective economies.”
One of the key findings of the Alta LAR 100 for the 2013 year-end is the interesting progress made by the independent lessors, that is, the companies that are neither controlled by a bank nor an equipment manufacturer. While only eight independents ranked among the 100 largest lessors in year-end 2012, 15 independents made the ranking in 2013. This indicates that the market is evolving beyond the control of the banking sector. Private investors are deploying resources for the growth of the leasing industry.
For additional insights and to view a list of the 15 largest independents, ranked from larger to smaller within the group, click here.

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