Daily News: January 7, 2015

PayNet: Small Business Lending Slows

The November release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index increased 1% compared to November 2013, suggesting growth at a more moderate pace.

The SBLI decreased 11% from 129.7 in October 2014 to 116.0 in November 2014 suggesting growth at a more moderate pace. The October 2014 SBLI was restated downward to 129.7 from 131.8, but even with this restatement, October SBLI remains the second highest value since PayNet started tracking this index.

“After several months of double-digit growth, small companies were bound to pull back on further investment,” said William Phelan, president of PayNet. “Their financial health remains strong and trend line growth is higher than the same period a year ago.”

Small businesses continue to show strong balance sheets and income statements. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Delinquency Index (SBDI) 31-90 days past due stayed flat at 1.25% in November 2014 compared to October 2014, which is only 10 basis points above the all-time low of 1.15% recorded in October 2013. The SBDI 91-180 days past due also remained flat at 0.31% from October to November. Compared to one year ago, severe delinquency is up 1 basis point.

“Small business owners remain positive about future economic conditions based on the strength of domestic demand and the beneficial effects of a strong credit cycle,” said Phelan. “Last quarter’s 5% GDP growth is unsustainable. This SBLI release is good news because it points towards an expansion that can be sustained.”