Equipment Leasing & Finance Executives Confident in the U.S Economy

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Envision Capital Group reports on the Equipment Leasing & Financing Foundation's Survey Which Shows Growing Confidence of the U.S. Economy

Envision Capital Group, one of the top equipment leasing companies in the nation, is reporting an increase in the equipment leasing industry’s confidence of the economy.

Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (ELFF) released the February 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). The MCI-EFI is designed to collect leadership data; the index reports an assessment of both the business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by executives from 25 companies representing the $725 billion equipment finance sector.

The index is up for the third month in February at 58.7%, an increase from January’s index of 54.2%. This reflects industry optimism despite a growing worry over the economy’s condition, and current fiscal policies.

February 2013 Survey Results:

  •     When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 20% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, up from 6.1% in January. 77.1% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, down from 87.9% in January. 2.9% believe business conditions will worsen, down from 6.1% the previous month.
  •     20% of survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (CAPEX) will increase over the next four months, an increase from 12.1% in January. 77.1% believe demand will “remain the same” during the same four-month time period, up from 75.8% the previous month. 2.9% believe demand will decline, down from 12.1% in January.
  •     22.9% of executives expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, up from 18.2% in January. 77.1% of survey respondents indicate they expect the “same” access to capital to fund business, a decrease from 85.3% the previous month. No one expects “less” access to capital, unchanged from January.
  •     When asked, 22.9% of the executives reported they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, down from 24.2% in January. 65.7% expect no change in headcount over the next four months, down from 69.7% last month. 11.4% expect fewer employees, up from 6.1% of respondents who expected fewer employees in January.
  •     85.7% of the leadership evaluates the current U.S. economy as “fair,” down from 87.9% last month. 11.4% rate it as “poor,” down from 12.1% in January. One survey respondent rated the current economy as “excellent.”
  •     22.9% of survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, up from 6.1% in January. 74.3% of survey respondents indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, down from 84.8% in January. 2.9% believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, a decrease from 9.1% who believed so last month.
  •     In February, 37.1% of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, up from 30.3% in January. 60% believe there will be “no change” in business development spending, down from 69.7% last month. 2.9% believe there will be a decrease in spending, up from no one who believed so last month.

About Envision Capital Group

Envision Capital Group is an Orange County, CA based top equipment financing & equipment leasing company. Envision Capital offers lease financing, equipment loans, working capital & merchant cash advance programs, as well as servicing vendor financing needs. They finance any business type, any equipment type, nationwide. To learn more, visit: envisioncapitalgroup.com.

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