Since 2013, China's financial leasing industry has continued to maintain rapid growth, with total turnover reaching approximately RMB2.35 trillion as of the end of March 2014, an increase of RMB250 billion from RMB2.1 trillion at the end of December 2013. The number of enterprises totaled 1,137, an increase of 111 ones compared with 1,026 at the end of 2013. Among them, the number of foreign leasing companies grew faster, with the total number amounting to 990, an increase of around 110.
In terms of leasing business penetration of key application areas, financial lease presented the highest penetration rate in construction machinery industry, at nearly 16%, which was mainly because that machinery manufacturers were leasing companies and a larger portion of professional leasing companies were involved and therefore had remarkable financial advantages. In 2013, financial leasing turnover from engineering machinery exceeded RMB100 billion.
What comes next is the financial leasing of aviation industry, whose leasing business penetration stood at roughly 10%. With capital advantages, banking leasing companies had a good performance in this field. Take ICBC Leasing for example. As of the end of 2013, the company's aircraft leasing assets exceeded RMB40 billion, with the airplanes delivered 151, surpassing CDB Leasing as the company with largest aircraft leasing asset value.
Since 2013, medical device and automotive financial leasing industries with lower leasing business penetration have grown at the fastest pace, which is mainly because of the vigorous development of this industry and the involvement of professional leasing companies. Since its layout in medical industry in 2001, Far East Horizon had operated a total of nearly 3,500 financial leasing projects in medical industry by the end of June 2013.
And what about automotive financial leasing industry? Not only professional financial leasing companies, but also financial leasing companies-mainly including banks, car makers and dealers were involved in this field. As of the end of 2013, CDB Leasing, one of banking financial leasing companies, had cooperated with some car makers that cover first and second-class commercial vehicles, with the leasing business transaction volume from commercial vehicles reaching RMB10.3 billion and business volume from leasing approximately RMB4.4 billion. Furthermore, the number of vehicles involved exceeded 30,000 units, and the number of leaseholders was close to 9,000.
China Financial Leasing Industry Report, 2014 by ResearchinChina focuses on the followings: