LeasePlan: Profitability forecast, combining planning and data science
With the expansion of operations, the complexity also increases. Every vehicle from every customer has specificities and several cost components that influence its profitability for LeasePlan.
The impact of vehicle maintenance varies depending on where and how it is used. Vehicle manufacturer also has an influence on the company’s maintenance costs. As we know a vehicle loses its value over time. All these factors have a direct impact on the company’s profitability at the end of the agreement with its customers. Because of these many variables, the main challenge for the company was to set a price that was suitable for its business model.
Basically, the company had a hard time answering a simple question: What is the final profitability in the future of an agreement made today?
Data science applied to financial planning?
CTI offered to help LeasePlan answer this difficult question. It required the development of financial models to forecast profits from each of all 2,000 vehicles in the portfolio, considering the various variables affecting their costs. In addition to projecting manageable costs, the company had to learn from old agreements and perform statistical simulations to predict uncontrollable variables.
For this reason, CTI used IBM Planning Analytics for financial modeling, and SPSS for statistical modeling, data science and machine learning.
Dutch LeasePlan is one of the largest leasing companies in the world, managing a fleet of around 1.8 million vehicles in more than 32 countries. In Brazil, it manages more than 2,000 vehicles. The business consists in acquiring and managing vehicles including administration and maintenance issues, according to the agreement with its customers – this business model is called “car as a service.”
Solution combines financial planning and data science
Like any project, we developed the solution with customer collaboration, understanding what had to be solved and delivering a customized tool with different attributes:
- Knowledge transfer, ensuring the customer’s autonomy and evolution of financial and statistical models.
- Use of well-known [and recognized] technological tools from IBM.
- The company’s operation in Brazil has become an innovation benchmark for other countries.
CTI always develops safe robust solutions that can process huge amounts of information and variables. It was not different with LeasePlan, as the company has now a powerful tool that can learn at all moments, improving its analyses and forecasts. And more information leads to better reports and analyses.
The tools adopted by LeasePlan will be able to process the huge amounts of data from telemetry systems that LeasePlan may adopt in the future. With telemetry, the amount of information will increase exponentially, making it even easier for LeasePlan to forecast the profitability of its agreements.
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