FREE SUBSCRIPTION Includes: The Advisor Daily eBlast + Exclusive Content + Professional Network Membership: JOIN NOW LOGIN
Skip Navigation LinksHome / News / Read News


U.S. Small Business Lending Declines Sharply, PayNet

March 01, 2016, 07:15 AM
Filed Under: Economy

The January 2016 data release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which is a leading economic indicator of GDP, registered 118.2, 13% lower than the revised December value of 135. Compared to one year ago, the index decreased 3% from the January 2015 value of 122.4.

“Small businesses don’t like these business conditions so they’re hunkering down further,” states William Phelan, president of PayNet, Inc.

The sharp decline in small business lending shows a trend towards less optimism among small businesses. Three of the past four months have exhibited flat to lower investment as U.S. small businesses held cash rather than put it to work.

The health of business financials stands strong but is starting to show some signs of erosion. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Delinquency Index increased 2 basis points in January to 1.22%. Loan past dues were up or flat in all industry sectors in January, including Construction, which increased 7 bps. While good now, the underlying sectors most sensitive to economic inflections are starting to exhibit stress through higher loan past dues. Transportation companies show loans 30-91 days past due up 5 bps to 1.21%, the 11th consecutive month of increase and its highest level since May 2013.

“This release confirms the past few months are no fluke,” Phelan added. “We will be watching for upcoming releases on investment and delinquencies for more definitive views of the business and credit cycles.”

PayNet Inc. is the leading provider of credit ratings on small businesses enabling lenders to achieve optimal risk management, growth and operational efficiencies. PayNet maintains the largest proprietary database of small business loans, leases and lines of credit encompassing over 23 Million contracts worth over $1.3 Trillion. Using state-of-the-art analytics, PayNet converts raw data into real-time marketing intelligence and predictive information that subscribing lenders use to make informed small business financial decisions and improve their business strategy.

Comments From Our Members

You must be an Equipment Finance Advisor member to post comments. Login or Join Now.