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Why Do Banks Provide Leasing?

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  • Dilek Bülbül

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  • Felix Noth

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  • Marcel Tyrell

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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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Dilek Bülbül & Felix Noth & Marcel Tyrell, 2014. "Why Do Banks Provide Leasing?," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer;Western Finance Association, vol. 46(2), pages 137-175, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jfsres:v:46:y:2014:i:2:p:137-175
    DOI: 10.1007/s10693-013-0185-z
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    1. Köhler, Matthias, 2018. "An analysis of non-traditional activities at German savings banks: Does the type of fee and commission income matter?," Discussion Papers 01/2018, Deutsche Bundesbank.

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    Keywords

    Leasing; Bank performance; G21; G32; L11;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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