New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 11% in March, compared with the same month last year, and also by 11% in Q1 2019 overall.

New finance for plant and machinery grew in March by 11% compared with the same month in 2018. Over the same period, the commercial vehicle finance and IT equipment finance sectors reported growth of 17% and 5% respectively.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said “The asset finance market reported a record level of monthly new business in March and the strongest quarterly growth in Q1 2019 since Q3 2016.”

“Asset finance continued to support key sectors of the economy in the first quarter as new finance for manufacturing and construction equipment increased by 25% and 26% respectively, compared with Q1 2018.”

Mar 2019

% change on prev. year

3 months to Mar

2019

% change on prev. year

12 months to Mar

2019

% change on prev. year

Total FLA asset finance (£m)

3,679

+11

8,490

+11

33,447

+7

Total excluding high value (£m)

3,403

+7

7,861

+9

31,069

+5

Data Extracts:

 

By asset:

Plant and machinery finance (£m)

728

+11

1,861

+12

7,055

+8

Commercial vehicle finance (£m)

994

+17

2,231

+23

8,402

+14

IT equipment finance (£m)

211

+5

612

+18

2,808

+19

Business equipment finance (£m)

252

-1

623

+2

2,670

+5

Car finance (£m)

993

-3

2,209

+2

8,940

-3

Aircraft, ships and rolling stock finance (£m)

111

+238

147

+122

392

-12

 

By channel:

Direct finance (£m)

1,711

+5

3,926

+7

15,492

+4

Broker-introduced finance (£m)

658

+19

1,642

+19

6,354

+16

Sales finance (£m)

1,033

+3

2,293

+5

9,223

+1

 

By product:

Finance leasing (£m)

429

+6

1,040

+14

4,220

+11

Operating leasing (£m)

645

-10

1,447

-6

5,894

-9

Lease/Hire purchase (£m)

2,006

+9

4,756

+15

18,769

+11

Other finance (£m)

439

+53

963

+24

3,240

+7