Before understanding equipment leasing companies, let us understand the term ‘Lease’ in brief.
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What is Lease?
The term ‘Lease’ refers to a contractual agreement between two parties namely the Owner and the Hirer. The owner is known as the ‘Lessor’ and the hirer is known as the ‘Lessee’. The process of leasing involves an arrangement wherein the lessor grants permission or right to the lessee to use an equipment/asset which is owned by the Lessor. In exchange of this permission or right, the lessee makes rent payments periodically. The agreement for involving lease for equipment is called equipment lease agreement.
What are Equipment Leasing Companies?
Equipment Leasing Companies are Non-Banking Finance Companies engaged in the business of granting permission of lease for a machinery or an equipment to a hirer. In Equipment Leasing terminology, the company leasing the equipment is the owner, called lessor, and the hirer of the equipment is called Lessee.
Equipment Leasing Companies allow the hirer to use the machinery or other equipment on a periodic rental basis. The ownership of the equipment is retained by the Leasing Company/ Financial Institution while the business (lessee) makes use of the equipment. This helps the business as it can acquire the use of equipment without purchasing it. Therefore, equipment on lease cuts down the cost of purchasing the equipment for the lessee.
Equipment Leasing Companies in the United States of America
Following is the list of a few top leasing companies of USA:
- Wells Fargo Financial Leasing
- AIG Commercial Equipment Finance
- Hitachi Capital America
- TCF Equip
- Great America Leasing Corporation
- M & I Equipment Finance
- People’s Capital & Leasing
- Relational Technology Solutions
Equipment Leasing Companies in the United Kingdom
Following is the list of a some top companies for equipment leasing in UK:
- Kennet Equipment Leasing
- Tower Leasing
- Oak Leasing
- Shire Leasing
Equipment Leasing Companies in Canada
A list of few top equipment leasing companies of Canada is as follows:
- Federated Payments
- TD Canada Trust
- Moneris Solutions Corporation
- Pac Net Services Limited
- Millennium Payment Systems
- Canadian Equipment Finance
Equipment Leasing Companies in India
A few top equipment leasing companies of India are listed below:
- Bajaj Finance
- M & M Financial
- Shriram City
- Srei Infra
Equipment Leasing has certain disadvantages like the lessee may not be allowed to use the equipment fully or he cannot make any substantial change in the asset, etc. But there are various benefits of Equipment Leasing, especially for the lessee. Like, use of latest technology, low cost in comparison to term loan etc. The lessee and lessor must enter into an equipment lease contract after considering both benefits and risks1