Aldermore strengthens asset finance offering with new Head of Sales Support

Asset finance expert, Rania Pugh (pictured above) is set to take on the new role of head of sales support for asset finance at Aldermore Bank in a bid to strengthen the Bank’s offering and build a closer relationship with the broker community. With more than 20 years’ experience in the asset finance sector, Pugh is an active member of the Leasing Foundation. She said: “Having worked with Aldermore in the past for over six years, I’m very excited to be starting my new role. Working closely with my team, we will look for more ways to add value and provide exceptional service to our broker community.”

Aldermore strengthens asset finance offering with new Head of Sales Support

Aug 12, 2020

Asset finance expert, Rania Pugh (pictured above) is set to take on the new role of head of sales support for asset finance at Aldermore Bank in a bid to strengthen the Bank’s offering and build a closer relationship with the broker community. With more than 20 years’ experience in the asset finance sector, Pugh is an active member of the Leasing Foundation. She said: “Having worked with Aldermore in the past for over six years, I’m very excited to be starting my new role. Working closely with my team, we will look for more ways to add value and provide exceptional service to our broker community.”

Asset finance market in freefall during H1 2020, despite used car finance growth in June

Asset finance new business fell by 41% in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019, as recorded by members of the UK Finance & Leasing Association (FLA). The figures revealed that the plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance sectors reported falls in new business in June 2020 of 28% and 44% respectively, compared with the same month in 2019. When the pandemic began taking its toll on the economy in May, asset finance new business plummeted to a low of £1.2 billion, rising again to £2 billion in June. It is likely that this growth following the crisis-low in May is due to the traditionally strong month of June. However, many businesses were still closed at this time and so new business was more than 40% lower than June 2019, and new business ended up falling 32% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

Asset finance market in freefall during H1 2020, despite used car finance growth in June

Aug 12, 2020

Asset finance new business fell by 41% in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019, as recorded by members of the UK Finance & Leasing Association (FLA). The figures revealed that the plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance sectors reported falls in new business in June 2020 of 28% and 44% respectively, compared with the same month in 2019. When the pandemic began taking its toll on the economy in May, asset finance new business plummeted to a low of £1.2 billion, rising again to £2 billion in June. It is likely that this growth following the crisis-low in May is due to the traditionally strong month of June. However, many businesses were still closed at this time and so new business was more than 40% lower than June 2019, and new business ended up falling 32% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

ALD reveals financial results for H1 2020, with net income down 26%

Leasing and fleet management provider ALD has revealed its financial report for the first half of 2020, with the total fleet reaching 1.76 million vehicles at the end of June this year, up 3.8% compared to the end of June 2019. Furthermore, the leasing contract margin reached €295.5 million, down 10.5% compared to the first half (H1) 2019. This included a €30 million excess depreciation charge resulting from the fleet revaluation process, embedding stressed sales prices that are expected to last into 2021. Suffering a slight decrease in the total funded fleet due to the effect of contract extensions and foreign exchange translation impacts, ALD’s earning assets fell to €20.5 billion at the end of June 2020, a decrease of 3.3% when compared to the end of the previous year.

ALD reveals financial results for H1 2020, with net income down 26%

Aug 11, 2020

Leasing and fleet management provider ALD has revealed its financial report for the first half of 2020, with the total fleet reaching 1.76 million vehicles at the end of June this year, up 3.8% compared to the end of June 2019. Furthermore, the leasing contract margin reached €295.5 million, down 10.5% compared to the first half (H1) 2019. This included a €30 million excess depreciation charge resulting from the fleet revaluation process, embedding stressed sales prices that are expected to last into 2021. Suffering a slight decrease in the total funded fleet due to the effect of contract extensions and foreign exchange translation impacts, ALD’s earning assets fell to €20.5 billion at the end of June 2020, a decrease of 3.3% when compared to the end of the previous year.

 
 

How augmented intelligence can unlock growth in auto finance

User experience will prove critical to extracting the most valuable insights from data as companies generate ever-greater quantities of complex information about their businesses and their customers. Although robotic process automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence can generate a wealth of valuable business data, it will never become actionable insight unless it is transformed into a usable format that executives can understand. If data is not easy to digest and interpret, then it will not provide the benefits that companies need, according to Alex Plenty, vice-president, data and analytics, Genpact. He warned: “I hear a lot of times of people building ‘data lakes’ but the data is not getting out to the business fast enough.”

How augmented intelligence can unlock growth in auto finance

Jun 22, 2020

User experience will prove critical to extracting the most valuable insights from data as companies generate ever-greater quantities of complex information about their businesses and their customers. Although robotic process automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence can generate a wealth of valuable business data, it will never become actionable insight unless it is transformed into a usable format that executives can understand. If data is not easy to digest and interpret, then it will not provide the benefits that companies need, according to Alex Plenty, vice-president, data and analytics, Genpact. He warned: “I hear a lot of times of people building ‘data lakes’ but the data is not getting out to the business fast enough.”

 
 
 

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Alfa whitepaper reveals impact of LIBOR reform on asset finance providers

Asset finance software and services provider Alfa has published a new whitepaper that provides in-depth guidance on LIBOR reform. LIBOR rates are used by auto and equipment finance businesses globally as a benchmark to determine customer interest rates. However, LIBOR, EURIBOR and other such rates carry inherent shortcomings that have led to their planned replacement by alternative risk-free rates such as SONIA and SOFR. In the whitepaper, called LIBOR Reform: The Impact for Auto and Equipment Finance Providers, Alfa analyses the changes, why they are happening and what impact they will have on asset finance providers.Issues covered include how asset finance company systems must be enhanced to accommodate the changes.

Alfa whitepaper reveals impact of LIBOR reform on asset finance providers

Jun 10, 2020

Asset finance software and services provider Alfa has published a new whitepaper that provides in-depth guidance on LIBOR reform. LIBOR rates are used by auto and equipment finance businesses globally as a benchmark to determine customer interest rates. However, LIBOR, EURIBOR and other such rates carry inherent shortcomings that have led to their planned replacement by alternative risk-free rates such as SONIA and SOFR. In the whitepaper, called LIBOR Reform: The Impact for Auto and Equipment Finance Providers, Alfa analyses the changes, why they are happening and what impact they will have on asset finance providers.Issues covered include how asset finance company systems must be enhanced to accommodate the changes.

 

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Software-as-a-Service provider Quotevine agrees new four-year contract with 1pm plc

Quotevine, the auto, asset and consumer finance platform provider, has agreed a four year renewal for its systems with independent SME finance specialist 1pm plc. The new deal replaces a two-year rolling contract and comes after Quotevine met key targets for its Software-as-a-Service offering. The relationship between the two companies began in 2017, when 1pm plc approached Quotevine to help build a single platform to service various financial products.

Software-as-a-Service provider Quotevine agrees new four-year contract with 1pm plc

Aug 11, 2020

Quotevine, the auto, asset and consumer finance platform provider, has agreed a four year renewal for its systems with independent SME finance specialist 1pm plc. The new deal replaces a two-year rolling contract and comes after Quotevine met key targets for its Software-as-a-Service offering. The relationship between the two companies began in 2017, when 1pm plc approached Quotevine to help build a single platform to service various financial products.

NETSOL supports industry recovery with three major new contracts

NETSOL Technologies, the global provider of IT solutions for the asset finance and leasing industry, has signed three multi-million-dollar contracts as it supports the industry’s recovery from the global Coronavirus pandemic. The contracts will see deployments in the UK and North America. Executives at NETSOL say its recent success reflects its ability to adapt to change and continue to help its customers through challenging times.

NETSOL supports industry recovery with three major new contracts

Aug 10, 2020

NETSOL Technologies, the global provider of IT solutions for the asset finance and leasing industry, has signed three multi-million-dollar contracts as it supports the industry’s recovery from the global Coronavirus pandemic. The contracts will see deployments in the UK and North America. Executives at NETSOL say its recent success reflects its ability to adapt to change and continue to help its customers through challenging times.

Peapack Capital partners with LTi Technology Solutions to fuel equipment finance expansion

Equipment finance software specialist LTi Technology Solutions has deployed its ASPIRE platform with Peapack Capital to drive the finance provider's digital transformation. Using the platform, Peapack Capital has shifted its business applications to the cloud to process transactions quickly, gain real-time insights, and improve operational agility. The move will support ongoing growth at Peapack Capital, which has grown to approximately $700 million in net assets since it was founded in 2017.

Peapack Capital partners with LTi Technology Solutions to fuel equipment finance expansion

Aug 10, 2020

Equipment finance software specialist LTi Technology Solutions has deployed its ASPIRE platform with Peapack Capital to drive the finance provider's digital transformation. Using the platform, Peapack Capital has shifted its business applications to the cloud to process transactions quickly, gain real-time insights, and improve operational agility. The move will support ongoing growth at Peapack Capital, which has grown to approximately $700 million in net assets since it was founded in 2017.

 

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Consumers 60% more likely to be approved for loan as eligibility rises, says Experian

Individuals chance of being approved for a loan is now 60% higher than at the start of lockdown in the UK due to a rise in consumer eligibility, according to Experian’s latest Credit Barometer. According to the company’s earlier market data from 29 March 2020, 25% of people searching for a loan at the start of the lockdown succeeded in finding a product they were likely to be accepted for, whereas 60% of people could not find any offers matching their credit needs. One contributing factor was that around half of lenders had withdrawn their products from the marketplace, focusing on collections to boost cashflow during the crisis. However, this appears to be reversing as lenders return to the market following the easing of lockdown restrictions, meaning that consumers’ eligibility for credit is improving.

Consumers 60% more likely to be approved for loan as eligibility rises, says Experian

Aug 10, 2020

Individuals chance of being approved for a loan is now 60% higher than at the start of lockdown in the UK due to a rise in consumer eligibility, according to Experian’s latest Credit Barometer. According to the company’s earlier market data from 29 March 2020, 25% of people searching for a loan at the start of the lockdown succeeded in finding a product they were likely to be accepted for, whereas 60% of people could not find any offers matching their credit needs. One contributing factor was that around half of lenders had withdrawn their products from the marketplace, focusing on collections to boost cashflow during the crisis. However, this appears to be reversing as lenders return to the market following the easing of lockdown restrictions, meaning that consumers’ eligibility for credit is improving.

UK government’s 2035 fleet decarbonisation goals unrealistic, warns BVRLA

The UK government’s plan to phase out the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035 has been deemed unrealistic by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Due to the diversity of vehicles and business models in the fleet sector, setting a single date would be a mistake, says the association. It warned that while 2035 would be an achievable target for some segments of the market, it would be almost impossible for others. Instead, the BVRLA has urged policymakers to focus on these varying segments and provide support and appropriate phase-out targets for each vehicle use case.

UK government’s 2035 fleet decarbonisation goals unrealistic, warns BVRLA

Aug 05, 2020

The UK government’s plan to phase out the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035 has been deemed unrealistic by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Due to the diversity of vehicles and business models in the fleet sector, setting a single date would be a mistake, says the association. It warned that while 2035 would be an achievable target for some segments of the market, it would be almost impossible for others. Instead, the BVRLA has urged policymakers to focus on these varying segments and provide support and appropriate phase-out targets for each vehicle use case.

Alfa unveils software platform for US auto finance companies, following successful launch in UK with Hampshire Trust Bank

Auto finance software provider Alfa, has announced the release of a new, preconfigured edition of its flagship software solution Alfa Systems, specifically for auto finance operators in the US. The software – named Alfa Start - includes a preconfigured start position with a predesigned process catalogue and a suite of out-of-the-box integrations. Furthermore, the solution is cloud native and benefits from a fully managed infrastructure and the promise of regular upgrades.

Alfa unveils software platform for US auto finance companies, following successful launch in UK with Hampshire Trust Bank

Aug 04, 2020

Auto finance software provider Alfa, has announced the release of a new, preconfigured edition of its flagship software solution Alfa Systems, specifically for auto finance operators in the US. The software – named Alfa Start - includes a preconfigured start position with a predesigned process catalogue and a suite of out-of-the-box integrations. Furthermore, the solution is cloud native and benefits from a fully managed infrastructure and the promise of regular upgrades.

 

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IAFN Online webcast thrashes out forbearance and how lessors can manage the arrears process, receiving key insight direct from the industry

The International Asset Finance Network (IAFN) recently held another virtual conference, this time dealing with how forbearance measures have impacted the performance of existing portfolios and the lessons learned that can be applied to new business so that future portfolios are better equipped to weather future crises. The webcast was entitled ‘From forbearance to collections, managing the arrears process during COVID-19’ and to consider the wide range of topics, a series of high-profile speakers were invited, including:

IAFN Online webcast thrashes out forbearance and how lessors can manage the arrears process, receiving key insight direct from the industry

Aug 04, 2020

The International Asset Finance Network (IAFN) recently held another virtual conference, this time dealing with how forbearance measures have impacted the performance of existing portfolios and the lessons learned that can be applied to new business so that future portfolios are better equipped to weather future crises. The webcast was entitled ‘From forbearance to collections, managing the arrears process during COVID-19’ and to consider the wide range of topics, a series of high-profile speakers were invited, including:

Quotevine bolsters senior management with appointment of Tom Jones as chief operating officer

Software-as-service (SaaS) provider Quotevine has welcomed financial services veteran Tom Jones on board as chief operating officer. Charged with overseeing the implementation of business strategies, plans and procedures, Jones has spent more than 15 years in the financial services sector. Having already earned a degree in engineering, Jones began his career in 1990 with Thorn EMI Electronics where he was responsible for the implementation of a new manufacturing resource planning system to the company’s operations. Then, in 1997 he joined Tetra as a system integration consultant where he delivered integrations on the enterprise resource planning platform.

Quotevine bolsters senior management with appointment of Tom Jones as chief operating officer

Aug 04, 2020

Software-as-service (SaaS) provider Quotevine has welcomed financial services veteran Tom Jones on board as chief operating officer. Charged with overseeing the implementation of business strategies, plans and procedures, Jones has spent more than 15 years in the financial services sector. Having already earned a degree in engineering, Jones began his career in 1990 with Thorn EMI Electronics where he was responsible for the implementation of a new manufacturing resource planning system to the company’s operations. Then, in 1997 he joined Tetra as a system integration consultant where he delivered integrations on the enterprise resource planning platform.

ALD Automotive appoints three new European CEOs

ALD Automotive, the leasing and fleet management arm of Société Générale, has appointed new chief executive officers in Italy, Morocco and Portugal. Philippe Valigny (pictured) takes on the Italian role and leaves his former position as CEO for Morocco and Mediterranean regional director. He replaces Andrea Badolati who has left the group.

ALD Automotive appoints three new European CEOs

Aug 04, 2020

ALD Automotive, the leasing and fleet management arm of Société Générale, has appointed new chief executive officers in Italy, Morocco and Portugal. Philippe Valigny (pictured) takes on the Italian role and leaves his former position as CEO for Morocco and Mediterranean regional director. He replaces Andrea Badolati who has left the group.

New report reveals how green asset finance is creating a new business landscape

As global economies begin the long journey to recovery from the Coronavirus crisis, campaigners are calling for governments to grasp a unique opportunity to launch a green revolution. Lobbyists argue that now is the perfect time to make progress on fundamental changes to the way economies operate, to lock-in improvements for generations to come. The potential opportunities this brings for green asset finance are assessed in a new whitepaper from TietoEVRY, a leading digital services and software company that employs around 24,000 experts globally.

New report reveals how green asset finance is creating a new business landscape

Aug 03, 2020

As global economies begin the long journey to recovery from the Coronavirus crisis, campaigners are calling for governments to grasp a unique opportunity to launch a green revolution. Lobbyists argue that now is the perfect time to make progress on fundamental changes to the way economies operate, to lock-in improvements for generations to come. The potential opportunities this brings for green asset finance are assessed in a new whitepaper from TietoEVRY, a leading digital services and software company that employs around 24,000 experts globally.

White Clarke Group introduces subscription service capabilities in partnership with Wagonex

Finance technology provider White Clarke Group has partnered with automotive subscription services company Wagonex to extend a pay-to-use car provision strategy to its customer base. Wagonex offers a wide range of vehicles to customers through a number of manufacturer partners, which are all offered for an all-inclusive monthly fee. The new integration with White Clarke Group allows the global software company to bring subscription-based capabilities to its clients throughout Europe.

White Clarke Group introduces subscription service capabilities in partnership with Wagonex

Aug 03, 2020

Finance technology provider White Clarke Group has partnered with automotive subscription services company Wagonex to extend a pay-to-use car provision strategy to its customer base. Wagonex offers a wide range of vehicles to customers through a number of manufacturer partners, which are all offered for an all-inclusive monthly fee. The new integration with White Clarke Group allows the global software company to bring subscription-based capabilities to its clients throughout Europe.

£20m funding boost for car subscription company Drover as demand grows

Car subscription specialist Drover has received a £20.5m funding injection from new investors amid growing interest in pay-on-use services. The move was led by new investors Target Global, RTP Global and Autotech Ventures, while Channel 4 Ventures and Rider Global made their inaugural contributions. Existing investors Cherry Ventures, BP Ventures, Partech, Version One and Forward Partners also provided funds.

£20m funding boost for car subscription company Drover as demand grows

Aug 03, 2020

Car subscription specialist Drover has received a £20.5m funding injection from new investors amid growing interest in pay-on-use services. The move was led by new investors Target Global, RTP Global and Autotech Ventures, while Channel 4 Ventures and Rider Global made their inaugural contributions. Existing investors Cherry Ventures, BP Ventures, Partech, Version One and Forward Partners also provided funds.

 

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Kia launches Purple M electric vehicle mobility scheme

Kia has launched a new electric vehicle mobility service called Purple M. The initiative is speci...

New digital payments collections solution primed to support motor finance providers, says PayPoint

Payment solutions provider PayPoint has launched a new product set to ease the collections process...

 

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