Sydney, Australia – Wednesday, 21 August 2019: Business credit demand remains down, declining -8.99% in the June 2019 quarter, according to data from the latest Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index by Equifax.

Released today by Equifax, the global data, analytics and technology company and the leading provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand, the Index measures the volume of credit applications for trade credit, business loans and asset finance.

The Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index shows that the rate of decline in business credit applications appears to be easing compared to the March 2019 quarter (-10.13%).

Business loan applications saw some growth (+0.90%) in the June quarter vs the same time last year whilst trade credit applications continued a negative trend, softening by -5.02% in the June 2019 quarter.

After a period of high growth in 2018, asset finance applications continue to decline, down -26.14% in the June 2019 quarter.

Moses Samaha, Executive General Manager Customer and Solutions, Equifax said “While overall business credit demand has continued to decline, it is encouraging to see a potential softening of the decline”, Mr Samaha said.

“If we look at enquiry volumes, there is a move to alternate lenders from the Big Four banks across all portfolios, this may be due to tighter lending conditions in some sectors,” Samaha added.

The pace of decline in overall business credit applications eased in the June quarter. The non-mining jurisdiction of VIC (-11.14%) and the mining jurisdiction of NT (-9.94%) experienced strong negative demand. TAS (-12.14%), NSW (-9.93%), SA (-8.73%), QLD (-7.92%) and WA (-2.07%) all experienced a slowdown in the negative trend of business credit demand. The ACT experienced positive growth (+1.04%).

Business loan applications strengthened in the June quarter (+0.90%) in most states. There was positive growth in the ACT (+5.32%), WA (+5.27%), QLD (+1.99%), SA (+1.55%) and NSW (+1.45%). A decline was seen in VIC (-1.67%), with NT (-7.03%) experiencing the largest fall in business loan applications.

Trade credit applications declined in the June quarter (-5.02%). The growth in trade credit applications was strongest in the ACT (+10.81%) and TAS (+2.73%), while NT (-8.41%), NSW (-7.49%), VIC (-5.91%), QLD (-5.07%), SA (-1.29%), WA (-0.25%) all recorded falls. NSW, QLD and VIC experienced larger declines compared to the March 2019 quarter.

Asset finance applications experienced a large decrease in the June quarter (-26.14%). The largest decline was seen in TAS (-34.44%), followed by NSW (-28.53%), VIC (-28.17%), SA (-27.84%), QLD (-24.27%), NT (-17.65%), WA (-14.24%), ACT (-13.27%).

 

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Business Credit Demand Index by Asset Class – 12 month rolling average

 

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Note to Editors

The Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index by Equifax Index measures the volume of credit applications that go through the Commercial Bureau by credit providers such as financial institutions and major corporations in Australia. Based on this it is a good measure of intentions to acquire credit by businesses. This differs to other market measures published by the RBA/ABS, which measure new and cumulative dollar amounts that are actually approved by financial institutions.

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