State of the Industry Report Shows Mixed Impact of Economic Downturn


((Many of the respondents reported the beginnings of an economic upturn in 2003 in the small ticket market (transaction size $25,000 to $250,000).

(Small ticket transactions drove new business volume in 2002, generating

37.4 percent of total new business volume. Micro ticket transactions,

while generating only five percent of new business volume, generated

impressive returns. In 2002, micro ticket (transactions size $0 to

$25,000 showed a substantial increase in new business volume (23.5



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Despite low interest rates, equipment leasing industry remains important

financing vehicle for capital in the U.S.

Arlington, Virginia-The Equipment Leasing and Finance

Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing recognition

and understanding of equipment lease financing, has released its 2003

State Of The Industry Report (SIR). Survey respondents describe mixed

effects from the economic downturn. For some sheer survival is a goal,

while other respondents report that the challenging times have provided

an opportunity to refocus their approach, streamline their operations,

and clarify their strategies leaving them poised to take maximum

advantage of the next economic up cycle. The SIR report, administered by

Financial Institutions Consulting, Inc. (FIC), reflects year-end 2002


"The SIR report shows that, despite historically low interest rates,

leasing continues to be an important financing vehicle for equipment in

the U.S.," said Lisa Levine, Executive Director, Equipment Leasing and

Finance Foundation. "Respondents maintained satisfactory levels of

profitability despite declining revenues, reduced new business volume,

and slightly increased charge-offs." Controlling costs was cited as a

main contributor to steady profitability.

Leasing continues to be the most widely used method of asset-based

financing in the U.S., accounting for approximately one-third of

external financing of total capital investment. However, leasing volume

is in direct relation to business equipment investment. Based on the

Bureau of Economic Analysis' most recent GDP estimates, the SIR states

total leasing volume for 2003 is expected to increase only slightly over

2002. The 2003 estimate for leases is $208 billion out of $668 billion

in total new business equipment investment. That figure is

up from $204 billion in equipment leases on $655 billion in new business

equipment investment for 2002. The SIR's projection for 2004 shows a

modest five percent increase over the previous year, barring new world

incidents negatively impacting any economic recovery.

The report shows results from the three leasing market segments - small

ticket comprising transactions up to $250,000, middle market comprised

of transactions from $250,000 to $5,000,000 and large ticket for

transactions over $5,000,000. The SIR also includes information by

categories of independent, captive and bank-affiliated leasing entities.

Key findings include:

* Currently, the industry faces two main challenges: current

economic conditions and the potential impact of accounting, legislative,

and regulatory changes.

* Many respondents, in 2003, particularly in the small ticket

market, are seeing the beginnings of an economic upturn.

* For the 132 Survey respondents, 2002 new business volume

declined by 4.6 percent over the previous year.

* Bank leasing companies experienced a significant drop in new

business volume with captives and independents, financial services firms

showing modest increases.

* By ticket size, micro ticket showed a substantial increase in

new business volume (23.5 percent) while the other segments experienced


* By channel, vendor and captive programs gained in importance

over the previous year, demonstrating the increasing importance of

Point-of-Sale financing.

* New business volume by equipment type shows most transportation,

construction equipment, and industrial equipment volume down over the

previous year. However, investment in medical and information technology

increased during the same period. Based on interim GDP reports,

information technology and computers may continue to show strong growth

in 2003 Transportation and industrial equipment continues to decline.

Even by the most optimistic forecasts, certain segments of the leasing

industry will continue to experience significant challenges for the next

12 to 24 months.

"More than ever, success in this industry requires focus, flexibility,

and the ability to rapidly adapt to changing environments," said Levine.

The SIR contains analysis of industry results, trends, developments and

future outlook for the equipment leasing industry. It was compiled using

information from the Equipment Leasing Association's (ELA) Survey of

Industry Activity, FIC's past client experience, in-depth personal

interviews, and independent economic data.

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About The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit

organization established in 1989 by the Equipment Leasing Association of

America. The Foundation develops and promotes the body of knowledge to

enhance recognition and understanding of equipment lease financing. The

Foundation's strategic objectives are to maximize the role that

equipment leasing plays in the world economy, and to be the prime

developer and disseminator of a body of knowledge of the leasing

industry. Visit the Foundation online at

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