Leasing Confidence Index Levels in June

June 21, 2024
MCI-EFI remains level at 50.7 compared to 50.2 in May.

Confidence in the equipment finance market remained level at 50.7, compared to the May index of 50.2, as measured by the Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). The index, produced by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, measures prevailing business conditions and future expectations in the equipment finance sector.

“The stress the industry is experiencing in small business lending continues with elevated bankruptcy, delinquency, and a softening of credit quality," said respondent David Normandin, president and CEO, Wintrust Specialty Finance, in a statement. "It is important to remember during these times that well-positioned businesses actually grow, take share of wallet, and expand. Our industry is well positioned to help continue the success of these businesses, as well as help those struggling through a rough time in the economy."

About 11.5% of the executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, relatively unchanged from 11.1% in May. Over a quarter (76.9%) believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, down from 77.8% May.

Only 3.9% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “excellent,” up from none the previous month. Some 76.9% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “fair,” down from 85.2% in May. 

A reported 14.8% of the survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, up from 7.4% in May. Close to half (48.2%) indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, a decrease from 63% last month.