Marine banker quarterly survey confirms slow new boat sales

Yet loan volume improved over 2Q2012

Chicago: The NMBA quarterly survey for the period ending 6/30/2013 reports 100% of all lender respondents (both service companies and banks/finance companies) indicate dollar volume was the same or up over the same period in 2012, surprising some lenders who had projected volume may be down. 92% of all lender respondents expect next quarter dollar volume to be greater than or equal to the same period last year, and this is the highest level of optimism shown by this group since 1Q2012.

Only 16% of lender respondents say new boat financing represents greater than 50% of their dollar volume, while 75% of the respondents indicate new boats make up less than 26% of their lending. This suggests that at least 50% of the finance volume is coming from pre-owned transactions, following historical patterns.

For the first time since 1Q2012 lenders reported less stringent credit requirements, and dramatically so. Throughout 2012 and into the 1st quarter of 2013 a steadily increasing number of lenders reported credit tightening. This past quarter only 8% reported credit tightening, down from 20% in the 1st quarter, and 8% also reported less stringent credit criteria. Those reporting stricter standards mentioned liquidity and net worth requirements as the areas they felt had become more demanding. 33% of lenders reported consumer credit quality improved in the 2nd quarter, and that is the largest increase since 4Q2011.

The NMBA introduced the brief quarterly members’ survey in 1Q 2011 to gauge changes in the lending environment and identify trends that could be used for business planning. This survey has gained significant traction and is now delivering valuable results to the marine industry. Twenty-six percent of the NMBA lender members (loan originators/brokers/ financial service firms, banks, credit unions, and finance companies) responded to the 2nd quarter 2013 survey, with the majority having a national presence.

The list of survey questions follows.


How does dollar volume of loans booked 2Q2013 compare to 2Q2012?

92% responded: volume was up
8% responded: volume was the same

What percentage of dollar volume of loans booked 2Q2013 is on new boats?

75% responded: 26%
8% responded: 26-50%
8% responded: 51-75%
8% responded: 75%

What percentage of dollar volume of loans booked 2Q2013 is refinance business?

92% responded: 26%
8% responded: 26-50%

What is your outlook for 3Q2013 compared to 3Q2012?

59% expect loan business to be up
8% expect loan business to be down
33% expect loan business to be about the same

How does lending criteria 1Q2013 compare to 4Q2012?

8% more stringent
8% less stringent
84% feel criteria is about the same

How does credit quality 1Q2013 compare to 4Q2012?

19% responded credit quality is better
6% responded credit quality is worse
75% responded credit quality is about the same

How has your average boat loan amount changed in 2013 from 2012?

45% responded: increased
19% responded: decreased
36% responded: same

How has your average margin on boat loans changed in 2013 from 2012?

50% responded: increased
25% responded: decreased
25% responded: same

Do you feel a higher percentage of boat purchases are being financed in your market in 2013 compared to 2012?

50% responded: yes
50% responded: no

If you feel credit criteria are more stringent, indicate which areas have tightened:

0% responded: down payments
0% responded: credit history
100% responded: liquidity requirements
67% responded: net worth requirements
0% responded: debt-to-income ratio

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