The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $903 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for December was $12.9 billion, up 20% from new business volume in December 2013. In a typical end-of-year spike, their new business volume was up 90% from November volume of $6.8 billion. Cumulative new business volume for 2014 rose 8% over 2013.
Receivables over 30 days were unchanged from the previous month and from the same period in 2013 at 1%. Charge-offs were unchanged for the ninth consecutive month at an all-time low of 0.2%.
Credit approvals totaled 78.6% in December, a slight decrease from 79.1% the previous month. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 0.5% year over year.Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for January is 66.1, an increase from the December index of 63.4 and the highest level in the last three years.
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