KeyBank pulling out of marine lending

Author:
Updated:
Original:

KeyBank, one of the largest marine lenders in the country, announced today that it is pulling out of the marine lending business and ending recreational lending altogether.

Grant Skeens, president and CEO of Key Recreation Lending, confirmed that the bank is pulling out of the marine and RV retail and commercial lending business, ending its 50 years in recreational lending. The announcement was made to employees at 10:30 (EDT) today.

The last day marine retail applications will be taken is Oct. 27, and the last day for funding applications will be Nov. 14, Skeens told Trade Only Today this morning. The bank will work to transition its dealers to other sources of floorplan funding over the next 90 to 120 days, he said.

Skeens said the decision was "very difficult."

"Certainly if you look at the prospects for the [marine] industry over the next 12 to 18 months, they aren't very rosy," Skeens said. "I would tell you margins in retail continue to be thin for lenders."

KeyBank is one of several lenders to recently pull out of marine lending. This summer, Citizens Bank and Wachovia pulled out of marine finance altogether, and GE Money quit retail marine lending.

Click here for the release from Key Bank.

— Reagan Haynes

Related

STAR BRITE DEBUTS NEW MARINE DESCALING FLUID

Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.

Nearly 320K Boats Sold in 2020

NMMA says new-boat sales are at their highest level in 12 years, with all powerboat segments up 8 to 22 percent.

‘Injection of Capital’ for Cox Powertrain

The British company said it will use the $16.7 million to expand operations and ramp up production of its CXO300 diesel outboard.

Groupe Beneteau Releases Preliminary 2020 Financials

Revenues were down 15.1 percent for the 16-month period that ended Dec. 31. A full report is due next month.

A Modern Twist on Word of Mouth

The supercharged power of user-generated content.