Confidence in the equipment finance market is 70.7, down from the four-year high of 72.1 in March, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's April 2015 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI).
“We have seen an increase in requests for equipment financing this month," said survey respondent Valerie Hayes Jester, president, Brandywine Capital Associates. "We attribute this demand to increased confidence in the economy and potential concern that interest rates may begin to rise in the fourth quarter. Our economy has shown tremendous resilience in these last years and that has influenced the mindset of those that need to purchase equipment for businesses. Capital and credit windows are at historic points; business owners know that this time is a good one to invest.”
April 2015 Survey Results:
- When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 44.4% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, down from 50% in March. 55.6% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, up from 50% in March. None believe business conditions will worsen, unchanged from the previous month.
- 48.2% of survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex) will increase over the next four months, up from 41.7% in March. 51.9% believe demand will “remain the same” during the same four-month time period, down from 58.3% the previous month. None believe demand will decline, unchanged from March.
- 25.9% of executives expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, up slightly from 25% in March. 74.1% of survey respondents indicate they expect the “same” access to capital to fund business, down slightly from 75% in March. None expect “less” access to capital, unchanged from the previous month.
- When asked, 51.9% of the executives reported they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, a decrease from 70.8% in March. 48.2% expect no change in headcount over the next four months, up from 25% last month. None expect to hire fewer employees, down from 4.2% who expected fewer in March.
- 7.4% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “excellent,” down from 12.5% last month. 92.6% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “fair,” up from 87.5% in March. None rate it as “poor,” unchanged from the previous month.
- 40.7% of the survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, a decrease from 45.8% who believed so in March. 55.6% of survey respondents indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, an increase 54.2% in March. 3.7% believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, an increase from none who believed so last month.
- In April, 59.3% of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, an increase from 58.3% in March. 40.7% believe there will be “no change” in business development spending, a decrease from 41.7% last month. None believe there will be a decrease in spending, unchanged from last month.