Operating vs. Capital Leasing

May 15, 2019 | Leasing 101

Leases fall into one of two categories of financial transactions: operating leases and capital leases.

As a fleet management provider, these lease options continue Union Leasing's goal to be on the cutting edge of products that we provide, such as fleet tracking and telematic fleet solutions, with the hope that it will benefit all that are interested in vehicle fleet leasing

Operating Leases

Operating leases are treated as current operating expenses and do not affect the balance sheet at all. A lease is an operating lease unless it meets any one of these four criteria:

  1. The lease transfers ownership of the property to the lessee by the end of the lease term;
  2. The lease contains a bargain purchase option;
  3. The lease term is equal to 75% or more of the estimated economic life of the leased property; or
  4. The present value of the minimum lease payments equals or exceeds 90% of the excess of the fair value of the leased property to the lessor.

Capital Leases

Capital leases are treated as the acquisition of assets and incurrence of obligations by the lessee and add to both the asset and liability side of the balance sheet.

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