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Canadian Private Economy Finding Alternative Sources of Growth, PayNet

March 15, 2016, 07:00 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

PayNet, the premier provider of risk management solutions and market insight to the Canadian Commercial Finance Industry, reports that the PayNet Canadian Small Business Lending Index (CSBLI) shows originations decreased 1% from 131.1 in December 2015 to 129.6 in January 2016. Compared to the same month one year ago, the Index is down 1%.
“This report shows the Canadian economy struggling slowly to retool away from oil into other growth markets,” states William Phelan president of PayNet, Inc. “The shift to the East and to manufacturing is underway, but the oil contraction is still the overwhelming factor.”
Industry sectors show this spreading decline as Transportation and Wholesale are down -10% and -20%, respectively. The Accommodation and Food pullback to a 5% pace from 11% in the prior month indicates slowdown of the consumer. Accommodations and Food employment has also started to falter. Agriculture is still correcting from the end of the Supercycle and has fallen 2%. No lift is coming from small business construction as housing and commercial real estate fail to pick up the slack.
“The effects of the oil shock are weighing heavily on all parts of the Canadian economy as tertiary businesses are impacted by the oil problem,” Phelan added.
One piece of good news is found in Manufacturing, which is benefitting from the low Canadian dollar with financing expanding by 8%, a higher pace than at any time since the oil build out in 2011. Canadian exports in volume terms are up nearly 20% annualized so far in the first quarter, and manufacturers are adding jobs and enlarging their capacity to meet this demand.
The Alberta oil sector is still reeling with new investment down 17%. Ontario and Quebec, on the other hand, are expanding at healthy double digits.
Loans past due are increasing as the oil shock spreads into the broader Canadian economy. Loans 30 days past due stand at 1.00%. While loans past due are up, they are still far below the all-time high of 2.55% in May 2009. Loans severely past due remain at a relatively low 0.33%. These low loan delinquencies mean that more jumps in past due are ahead during this period of adjustment in the Canadian economy.
PayNet, Inc. Canada is the premier provider of risk management tools and market insight to the commercial credit industry, collecting real-time loan information from leading Canadian lenders and turning it into actionable intelligence. The company's proprietary database -- updated weekly -- is a growing collection of commercial loans and leases, worth over $70 billion.

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