Why Do Banks Provide Leasing?

Posted: 26 Mar 2014 Last revised: 17 Jun 2015

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Felix Noth

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg; Halle Institute for Economic Research

Dilek Bulbul

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance

Marcel Tyrell

Zeppelin University

Date Written: October 10, 2013


Banks are engaging in leasing activities at an increasing rate, which is demonstrated by aggregated data for both European and U.S. banking companies. However, little is known about leasing activities at the bank level. The contribution of this paper is the introduction of the nexus of leasing in banking. Beginning from an institutional basis, this paper describes the key features of banks’ leasing activities using the example of German regional banks. The banks in this sample can choose from different types of leasing contracts, providing the banks with a degree of leeway in conducting business with their clients. We find a robust and significant positive impact of banks’ leasing activities on their profitability. Specifically, the beneficial effect of leasing stems from commission business in which the bank acts as a middleman and is not affected by the potential defaults of customers.

Keywords: Leasing, Bank performance

JEL Classification: G21, G32, L11

Suggested Citation

Noth, Felix and Noth, Felix and Bulbul, Dilek and Tyrell, Marcel, Why Do Banks Provide Leasing? (October 10, 2013). Journal of Financial Services Research, October 2014, Vol. 46, 137-175, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2414384

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Dilek Bulbul

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance ( email )

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Marcel Tyrell

Zeppelin University ( email )

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