GE Capital Sees Upbeat Boating Industry Leading to MDCE
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Posted by: Michael Geatz
Chicago --(Business Wire)--November 14, 2013--
Marine manufacturers and dealers are upbeat about their industry as
the U.S. selling season comes to a close, according to GE Capital's
Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business, a leading provider of
dealer financing across North America.
The positive sentiment is expected to be reflected in the mood at the
Marine Dealer Conference & Expo (MDCE), which will be held Nov.
17-20 in Orlando, FL. Sponsored by the Marine Retailers Association of
the Americas (MRAA), the event gathers together marine dealers to learn
the industry's latest trends and best practices.
Bruce Van Wagoner, president of CDF's Marine Group, noted increases in
both volume and outstanding credit line usage compared to 2012. At the
same time, inventory aging and credit losses remain low.
"Exciting new product introductions as well as increasing pre-owned
sales and trade-ins led to healthy consumer demand this year," Van
Wagoner said. "That's reflected in inventory turns of nearly 2.5 times
year over year."
MDCE attendees are invited to visit CDF at booth #1110 at the Orange
County Convention Center. For information, go to
The conference will culminate with the Top 100 Gala, which recognizes
the best-performing marine dealers in North America. GE Capital has been
a sponsor/member of the Leadership Alliance since the inception of the
Top 100 in 2005.
"This is a great way to honor these outstanding dealers and to
energize the industry as a whole," Van Wagoner said. "We're proud of our
ongoing relationship with the MRAA as well as many dealers across the
U.S. and Canada."
For more than 50 years and through all business and economic cycles,
CDF has offered customer-centric floorplan financing programs that
enable marine dealers to stock a broad selection of new and pre-owned
products. Floorplan financing, also known as inventory financing, is an
important element of a successful manufacturer-dealer business model as
manufacturers and distributors benefit from enhanced product flow and
increased sales opportunities, and dealers obtain improved terms and
To help dealers and manufacturers achieve continued success, CDF
shares data through comprehensive digital tools. By using CDF's enhanced
Customer On-Line Management System (COMS), dealers can speed
transactions; locate and transfer products; and otherwise manage their
inventory. To speak with a CDF representative, interested parties may
call 800-451-5944 or visit the CDF web site: http://www.gecdf.com/home.
About GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance
GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance provided nearly $31
billion in financing for more than 33,000 dealers and 2,000 distributors
and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada in 2012. Programs include
inventory and accounts receivable financing, asset-based lending,
private label financing, collateral management and related financial
products. Customers have access to exclusive online tools and analytics
to manage their accounts and inventory. For more information, visit
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CONTACT: GE Capital, Americas
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SOURCE: GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance