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


Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Decreases in April

April 18, 2019, 07:28 AM

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the April 2019 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market decreased in April, after two consecutive months of increases, to 58.3, down from the March index of 60.4.

Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.

When asked about the outlook for the future, MCI-EFI survey respondent Quentin Cote, CLFP, President, Mintaka Financial, LLC, said, “Low unemployment continues to fuel consumer strength, and seems to be propelling the market forward. I am concerned about the deficit and potential inflation, and their impact on interest rates.”

April 2019 Survey Results

The overall MCI-EFI is 58.3, a decrease from 60.4 in March. 

  • When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 13.3 percent of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, down from 20 percent in March. Also, 76.7 percent of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, an increase from 70 percent the previous month; 10 percent believe business conditions will worsen, unchanged from the previous month.
  • 13.3 percent of survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (CapEx) will increase over the next four months, a decrease from 23.3 percent in March; 83.3 percent believe demand will “remain the same” during the same four-month time period, an increase from 70 percent the previous month; and 3.3 percent believe demand will decline, down from 6.7 percent who believed so in March.
  • 6.7 percent of the respondents expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, down from 13.3 percent in March. Also, 93.3 percent of executives indicate they expect the “same” access to capital to fund business, an increase from 86.7 percent last month. None expect “less” access to capital, unchanged from last month.
  • When asked, 46.7 percent of the executives report they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, unchanged from March; 40 percent expect no change in headcount over the next four months, a decrease from 46.7 percent last month; and 13.3 percent expect to hire fewer employees, up from 6.7 percent last month.
  • 40 percent of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “excellent,” up from 36.7 percent in March; 60 percent of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “fair,” a decrease from 63.3 percent the previous month. None evaluate it as “poor,” unchanged from March.
  • 6.7 percent of the survey respondents believe U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, unchanged from March; 73.3 percent of survey respondents indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, a decrease from 80 percent the previous month. And 20 percent believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, an increase from 13.3 percent in March.
  • In April, 36.7 percent of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, up from 33.3 percent last month; 63.3 percent believe there will be “no change” in business development spending, a decrease from 66.7 percent in March. None believe there will be a decrease in spending, unchanged from last month.

April 2019 MCI-EFI Survey Comments from Industry Executive Leadership

Bank, Small Ticket
“Origination volume has continued to grow for Wintrust Specialty Finance and credit and portfolio quality remain high. Widening political divide is cause for concern both in perceptions that lead to confidence levels as well as potential regulatory changes.” — David Normandin, CLFP, President and CEO, Wintrust Specialty Finance

Independent, Large Ticket
“I’m optimistic because the economy is still doing well, the Fed has taken a long pause on interest rates and unemployment is at its lowest ever. Regulatory and tax reforms have had a positive impact on businesses and the U.S. economy.” — Dave B. Fate, President and CEO, Stonebriar Commercial Finance

Comments From Our Members

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