November 2013 Survey Results:
The overall MCI-EFI is 56.9, an increase from the October index of 54.0.
- When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 17.2% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, up from 11% in October. 79.3% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, up from 74% in October. 3.4% believe business conditions will worsen, down from 15% who believed so the previous month.
- 13.8% of survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex) will increase over the next four months, up from 7.4% in October. 75.9% believe demand will "remain the same" during the same four-month time period, down from 77.8% the previous month. 10.3% believe demand will decline, down from 15% who believed so in October.
- 24% of executives expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, up from 18.5% in October. 72.4% of survey respondents indicate they expect the "same" access to capital to fund business, down from 81.8% in October. 3.4% expect "less" access to capital, up from no one who expected less access in October.
- When asked, 27.6% of the executives reported they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, a decrease from 33.3% in October. 65.5% expect no change in headcount over the next four months, down slightly from 66.7% last month. 6.9% expect fewer employees, up from no one who expected fewer employees in October.
- 6.9% of the leadership evaluates the current U.S. economy as "excellent", up from no one who believed so last month. 75.9% of the leadership evaluates the current U.S. economy as "fair," down from 85.2% last month. 17.2 % rate it as "poor," up from 15% in October.
- 17.2% of the of survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get "better" over the next six months, an increase from no one who believed so in October. 72.4% of survey respondents indicate they believe the U.S. economy will "stay the same" over the next six months, a decrease from 89% in October. 10.3% believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, relatively unchanged from last month.
- In November, 34.5% of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, a slight increase from 33.3% in October. 65.5% believe there will be "no change" in business development spending, also a slight increase from 66.7% last month. No one believes there will be a decrease in spending, unchanged from October.
November 2013 Survey Comments from Industry Executive Leadership:
Depending on the market segment they represent, executives have differing points of view on the current and future outlook for the industry.
Independent, Small Ticket
"The industry continues to perform well with historic low delinquency rates. Demand has increased slightly as the end-of- the-year push for transaction closings is in process. We would believe that demand will remain at lower levels until issues regarding the budget crisis and healthcare insurance are fully resolved." Valerie Hayes Jester, President, Brandywine Capital Associates, Inc.
Bank, Middle Ticket
"The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index has continued its downward trend since the beginning of the second quarter, in tandem with the general direction of the economy and investment in capital equipment. With no real leadership coming from Washington, this lackluster performance is likely to continue for the foreseeable future." Thomas Jaschik, President, BB&T Equipment Finance
Bank, Middle Ticket
"We are starting to see some slowdown in several sectors, but growth is still happening." Harry Kaplun, President, Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
Survey Respondent Demographics:
- Bank: 53.6%
- Captive: 7.1%
- Financial Services: 10.7%
- Independent: 28.6%
- Other: 0.0%
Market Segments Based on Transaction Size of New Business Volume
- Large-Ticket (New Business Volume Avg. Transaction Size Over $5 Million): 14.3%
- Middle-Ticket (New Business Volume Avg. Transaction Size of $250,000 - $5 Million): 64.3%
- Small-Ticket (New Business Volume Avg. Transaction Size of $25,000 - $249,999): 21.4%
- Micro-Ticket (New Business Volume Avg. Transaction Less Than $25,000): 0.0%
Organization Size (Based on Annual New Business Volume for Fiscal Year 2010):
- Under $50 Million: 10.7%
- $50 Million - $250 Million: 14.3%
- $250 Million - $1 Billion: 39.3%
- Over $1 Billion: 35.7%