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Solid November performance in asset finance

16 January 2015

Solid November performance in asset finance

Figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show 12% growth in asset finance new business in November 2014, compared with the same month the previous year. The annual total of new business also passed £25 billion for the first time in more than five years.

 Plant and machinery finance grew by 14% in November, business equipment finance by 25%, and IT equipment finance grew by 40%.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said:

“November was another month of solid growth for the asset finance industry, with good performances in key sectors. Asset finance, primarily leasing and hire purchase, is particularly popular with SMEs because the success rate on application for micro, small and medium sized businesses is the highest of all the major finance options.

“There is good news too on FLA members’ share of UK business investment, with the latest figures showing an increase to around 28% of UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchase software in Q2 and Q3 2014.”

Nov 2014

% change on prev. year

3 months to Nov 2014

% change on prev. year

12 months to Nov 2014

% change on prev. year

Total FLA asset finance (£m)

2,000

+12

6,884

+18

25,070

+15

Total excluding high value (£m)

1,897

+10

6,558

+17

24,419

+15

Data Extracts:

Plant and machinery finance (£m)

389

+14

1,272

+15

5,207

+18

Commercial vehicle finance (£m)

470

+2

1,646

+15

5,946

+20

IT equipment finance (£m)

122

+40

437

+34

1,601

+8

Business equipment finance (£m)

192

+25

601

+32

2,173

+13

Car finance (£m)

569

+8

2,128

+22

7,587

+14

Aircraft, ships and rolling stock finance (£m)

60

-21

95

-11

261

-8

Note to editors:

  1. In 2013 FLA members provided £89.0 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households. £22.4 billion of finance was provided to businesses and the public sector.
  2. FLA members financed almost 27% of UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchase software in the UK in the twelve months to September 2014.