Is Margin Compression on the Decline?
Margin compression declined in 2020 for the second straight year. Pre-tax spreads continue to decline, according to the new SEFA Interactive Dashboard, available to ELFA members at www.elfaonline.org/interactiveSEFA
E-Docs Surge During Pandemic
A growing number of industry professionals are reporting that at least some of their new business volume is funded with an electronic document, according to the 2021 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity. It appears the pandemic accelerated adoption.
Signs of Strength
New business volume in the equipment finance industry was up 9% in July, according to the Monthly Leasing & Finance Index. See the latest data at www.elfaonline.org/data/mlfi
Staffing Levels on the Rise
Staffing levels across the industry are up. By 2022, two-thirds of small-ticket lenders/lessors expect a double-digit increase in the number of FTEs. Middle-ticket lenders expect a 7% increase, large-ticket expect a 5% increase, banks and independents a 10% increase and captives a 3% increase.
Source: Second Quarterly COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Survey
Majority of Verticals Expanding
In September of 2021, eight of the industry’s vertical markets showed signs of accelerating, with only four peaking or slowing. The best performing verticals in September were Construction, Materials Handling, Mining & Oilfield and Software.
Source: September Momentum Monitor