Direct Capital Small Business Index Predicts Solid Growth in 2014

Strong December '13 Results Cap Off a Year of Steadily Growing Demand for Financing

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Jan. 22, 2014 // PRNewswire // - The small business economy finished 2013 on a high note and shows clear signs of making further gains in 2014, according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a leading national small business lender.

Direct Capital's index for December continued a series of trends in 2013 that support optimistic forecasts for the 2014 economy. The index showed that December saw a 7.9 percent increase in small business financing activity over November and an 11 percent gain from December of the previous year. The December numbers cap off a strong 2013 that showed 21.5 percent growth over 2012 lending activity levels. Q4 was the strongest quarter of 2013, recording a 15 percent improvement over Q3. October and December were the strongest months of the year.

The Small Business Lending Index's results substantiate forecasts for a robust 2014 for small business. The Wall Street Journal predicted as early as December that entrepreneurial businesses were poised for a rebound, driven by factors such as an improving construction market and an increase in consumer spending.

"The patterns we observed over the course of 2013 in our Small Business Lending Index point to a very healthy 2014 for financing activity," said Direct Capital Senior Vice President Stephen Lankler. "When we look at 2013 as a whole and what businesses sought financing for, you see a lot of durable purchases like equipment and expanded facilities. That demonstrates confidence in economic conditions and supports predictions for a strong 2014."

The Direct Capital Small Business Lending Index is based on an algorithm that collects data from more than 200 sources. It documents small business spending patterns and indicates future economic activity. Direct Capital has 20 years of experience in small business financing. Since its inception, the company has lent $2.25 billion to more than 80,000 businesses across over 1,000 different industries. The company was recently named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private U.S. businesses.

About Direct Capital

Established in 1993, Direct Capital (www.directcapital.com) is a financial technology company that delivers financial solutions for small & medium sized businesses, franchisors, and equipment and technology sellers. The company is headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H. and operates offices in New York, California, and Georgia. You can follow Direct Capital on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DirectCapital or subscribe to its PointBlank blog at http://blog.directcapital.com/.

Contacts:

Michelle Dillon
Brodeur Partners
603-559-5835
mdillon@brodeur.com

Stephen Lankler
Senior Vice President
Direct Capital Corporation
(603) 433-9470
slankler@directcapital.com

SOURCE Direct Capital

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