Preliminary 2020 survey results for the leasing sector

The preliminary data for 2020 shows that the leasing market contracted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Leaseurope, the trade association representing the European leasing and automotive rental industries, has released the results of its preliminary survey of the European leasing market for 2020. In 2020, total new business volumes declined by 13.4% compared to 2019, while the outstanding portfolio remained relatively stable among the member associations reportingNew business volumes for vehicles fell by 14.2% in 2020. Albeit at a slower rate, equipment leasing was also down by 10.4%. Among the main asset categories, real estate leasing underwent the highest downturn of 22.9%. Most of the national leasing markets across Europe saw deteriorating results, with about two thirds of countries recording double-digit declines in 2020 compared to the previous year. The Baltic countries, Croatia, Portugal and Spain endured the biggest losses, with total new leasing volumes falling by over 20%. In contrast, Ukraine, Turkey and Greece were the only countries indicating growth in new volumes in 2020 while picking up from low levels reached in past years.

Jurgita Bucyte, Senior Advisor in Statistics & Economic Affairs, Leaseurope

“In early 2020, the European leasing and automotive rental market seemed poised for another year of growth, however, the preliminary 2020 results show that it was inevitably hampered by the severe impact of the lasting COVID-19 pandemic on economic and social activity globally. A downturn in new leasing volumes was widespread across national markets and asset types. Thus far in 2021, as persisting pandemic-related uncertainty and restrictions weight heavily on investment, European lessors have continued to work their way through the pandemic by leveraging strengths to provide much needed asset financing to facilitate business recovery."