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Coronavirus Impact on Fleet Management, Beroe Analysis

Source: PR Newswire

RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jun 30, 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the fleet management industry, resulting in a sharp reduction in vehicle sales across the world. Car manufacturers are exploring contactless delivery through online booking channels.

As manufacturers return to production, global automotive sales forecast is revised to 20 percent reduction from the previous forecast of 22 percent, with sales of approximately 72 million units, according to Beroe Inc, a procurement intelligence firm. The impact of COVID-19 is high on car manufacturers and alternate mobility, and medium on leasing companies.

Car manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe are returning to production with limited capacities and adequate health safety measures. There has been a slow resumption of fleet activities across the globe, majorly by the essential service operators. It is almost certain that the demand for fleet vehicles has reduced worldwide. OEMs are expected to offer high discounts, as the residual value is likely to reduce. Lease prices are expected to go up as residual values and profitability reduce.


Beroe, which is based in North Carolina, further stated that procurement experts can access this report on market intelligence platform Beroe LiVE: live.beroeinc.com

Demands from organizations have reduced as there is limited business activity. The economic impact of the pandemic is visible with organizations preparing strategic cost saving plans. Organizations with vehicle assets are considering sale and lease back options to improve cash flow. The B2C segment is affected the most now, some of the organizations are inking fresh deals as they are able to obtain good deals. If the pandemic continues, leasing companies are expected to face payment default risk from SMEs and private lease portfolios.

The residual value of vehicles are expected to go down in the coming months as car manufacturers are expected to offer high discounts. Economic challenges are visible, which can stand as a hindrance to demand for fleet vehicles. Organizations are expected to extend their buying cycles by holding on to their assets for a longer period of time while leasing companies are expected to support this by offering contract extensions. OEMs are accepting new orders while production orders are being evaluated for delivery (units, timeline) adjustments.

Key Findings: 

  • As new leasing activities are slowly resuming, there will be extended lead times, and leasing companies are also offering contract extensions to retain customers. Profitability is expected to reduce, and this in turn, will have an impact on lease prices in the future.
  • Organizations can swap high mileage cars with low mileage cars, which can help them to extend the buying cycle. Carpooling and ride sharing programs to be minimized for the next few months.
  • Once the pandemic is over, organizations can take measures to improve the total cost of mobility by adopting ride sharing, carpooling, mobility budgets and other alternate mobility models to reduce the overall fleet budget
  • It is an opportune time for fleet owners/operators to begin or continue the direct negotiations with OEMs. Purchase agreements can be inked only in regions where production has resumed with pricing/rebates and availability of new models varying by region.
  • Alternate mobility services like ride hailing, carpooling are suspended. Ride hailing companies are operating only to cater to essential services. A decrease in adoption of shared mobility is expected for a short term.
  • Organizations to have a close watch on the TCO of the vehicles and utilization rates. Essential service providers and cash rich companies are preparing plans to benefit from the current market situation

The research methodology adopted for the report included:

  • Experts with twenty years of domain experience
  • Interaction with buyers
  • Inputs from supply chain partners

Similar to the 2008 global financial crisis, the fleet industry is at the beginning of a cycle, which can extend for a few years. Discounts can be expected in the form of penalties for delivery delays in the 2020 program year and normalizing price increases for the 2021 program year. Higher discounts can be expected for large fleet orders, and discounts can go as high as 20 percent for direct fleet purchases. Delayed payments from the two critical segments – SMEs and B2C can have significant financial burden on the leasing companies.

The report also includes:

Market Analysis:

  • Fleet Management 
  • Vehicle Sales
  • Major Risk Factors
  • Industry Risk Drivers
  • Risk Probability

Impact Analysis:

  • Fleet Management Industry
  • Car Manufacturers
  • Leasing Companies 
  • Alternate Mobility

Market Outlook:

  • Short-Term Impact
  • Long-Term Impact
  • Measures Taken By Companies
  • Supplier Outlook

About Beroe Inc.:

Beroe is the world's leading provider of procurement intelligence and supplier compliance solutions. We provide critical market information and analysis that enables companies to make smart sourcing decisions—leading to lower costs, greater profits and reduced risk. Beroe has been providing these services for more than 13 years and currently works with more than 10,000 companies worldwide, including 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.

To learn more about Beroe Inc., please visit: http://www.beroeinc.com

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