RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Laurentian Bank of Canada Acquires Northpoint Commercial Finance

Thu May 25, 2017

Laurentian Bank of Canada has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement under which a subsidiary of the Bank has agreed to acquire Northpoint Commercial Finance, which is among the leading U.S. and Canadian inventory finance lenders with a portfolio of about $1.2 billion as of March 31. The transaction is expected to close before the end of fiscal 2017, subject to customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory notifications and approvals, according to a story by Equipment fa.com.

The Bank believes Northpoint Commercial Finance, which was founded in 2012, is one of only a few diversified inventory finance companies that provides the scale needed to serve North American manufacturers and their dealer networks.

"We are delighted to announce this acquisition that will increase the proportion of revenue generated by commercial activities within the bank mix, which is expected to improve its overall profitability," Laurentian Bank of Canada President and CEO Francois Desjardins says. "We continue to make excellent progress on our transformation plan initiatives, including, among others, the optimization of our retail banking activities and the development of our core banking system, the backbone of our digital offer."

"This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit with our equipment finance subsidiary, LBC Capital, resulting in an attractive end-to-end equipment finance platform," Laurentian Bank Executive Vice President Stephane Therrien says. "It will broaden our Canadian offering and create a U.S. presence, an important customer attribute for manufacturers and dealers looking for a single North American point of service. Northpoint team members led by Chief Executive Officer Dan Radley, have years of experience in inventory financing, unique expertise and strong client relationships with leading companies. We are very happy to welcome them as they join the team under the leadership of √Čric Provost, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking at Laurentian Bank and President of LBC Capital."

Additional Information: http://www.equipmentfa.com/news/6804/laurentian-bank-of-canada-to-acquire-northpoint-commercial-finance