The UK’s 50 largest asset finance companies show their worth

The UK asset finance industry has weathered the Covid storm and is looking for new opportunities driven by developments, including with a focus on sustainability. That’s the message of a unique study into asset finance in the UK that reveals how the sector is adapting to change and continues to play a vital role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

The exclusive 2022 Asset Finance 50 report provides in-depth market analysis, including expert commentary from finance company executives.

The annual AF50 is the UK’s most influential survey of business and equipment lessors, tracking the health of the market and identifying key trends that are expected to impact the industry.

This year’s report, sponsored by Alfa, covers the period when business was most directly impacted by Covid restrictions, when the pandemic crisis was at its peak. Yet the data shows total net investment in leasing for the top 50 companies was £40.9bn, a drop of just 2.4%, demonstrating the strengths and resilience of the sector.

There have been winners and losers during the crisis, but FY50 data shows that new entrants are gaining ground as new opportunities, particularly in the financing of “green” assets, open up.

As well as profiling the biggest companies in the UK asset finance industry, the report includes in-depth analysis of the industry.

You can download a free copy of the report by filling out the form at the end of this article.

This year’s AF50 UK includes:

  • Complete list of AF50 companies ranked by net investment in business equipment leasing
  • Main fleet lessors
  • Main captive donors
  • Main building lessors
  • Breakdown of the market by place of holding
  • AF50 by KPIs including fastest growing companies
  • payroll analysis
  • Loan performance analysis

Industry leaders also give their perspective on an evolving industry in this year’s report.

The annual AF50 UK is published by Asset Finance Connect in association with Asset Finance Policy.

Julian Rose, director of asset finance policy and AF50 UK data compiler, said the industry had demonstrated its ability to adapt, commenting: “Often the AF50 serves primarily to demonstrate how much l he UK asset finance industry is mature, with only limited changes. participants and key indicators. This year is very different. On the one hand, the majority of companies saw their loan portfolios drop in their 2021 data, but on a more positive note, we also see that some companies were able to not only maintain their portfolio size, but also achieve growth. amid the pandemic. ”

The survey is based on publicly available audited accounts or other published information, using the latest data filed at Companies House.

Edward Peck, Managing Director of Asset Finance Connect, said: “This year’s AF50 provides a detailed picture of the industry as it undergoes unprecedented change. Asset finance companies have played a vital role in supporting UK industry during the pandemic and they will be the foundation for a sustainable recovery in the years to come. »

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