WELCOME !

Thanks for dropping in for some hopefully great business info and on occasion some hopefully not too sarcastic comments on the state of Business Financing in Canada and what we are doing about it !

In 2004 I founded 7 PARK AVENUE FINANCIAL. At that time I had spent all my working life, at that time - Over 30 years in Commercial credit and lending and Canadian business financing. I believe the commercial lending landscape has drastically changed in Canada. I believe a void exists for business owners and finance managers for companies, large and small who want service, creativity, and alternatives.

Every day we strive to consistently deliver business financing that you feel meets the needs of your business. If you believe as we do that financing solutions and alternatives exist for your firm we want to talk to you. Our purpose is simple: we want to deliver the best business finance solutions for your company.



Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cash Flow Financing For Canadian Working Capital Solutions.It’s Like A Knife Fight In A Phone Booth Out There!




Avoiding the ‘ Closed For Business’ Sign!

Information on cash flow financing and working capital solutions for Canadian businesses . Viable traditional and alternative financing exists for your firm .




Cash flow financing challenges and working capital solutions for Canadian business. Keeping your firm solvent / liquid can almost seem like a crisis sometime. We were talking to two of our favorite business marketing guru's the other day and one of them made the comment ' it's like a knife fight in a phone booth ..!’. Wow, we thought, could there be any more a propos comment than that when it comes to business competition and business survival

Naturally it's important to be in a position to ensure you understand the nature of those challenges, why they occur, how to measure or track them, and finally ... put financing in place that ensures business liquidity.

There is a lot of statistics out there that say that a majority of business in the SME sector fail in their first 5 years in business. They simply didn’t have the access to capital they needed to survive. Ever since the 2008 recession/financial debacle cash flow and working capital have become ' job 1' for Canadian business owners and financial managers.

Having observed Canadian business for over 40 years now the one thing that never surprises us is the fact that when a business is enjoying strong success there often exists a general sense of complacency exists within the company. Cash flow seems kind of ok... and if it isn't we've got the bank to support us, right ?The bottom line on that one - fast growth and sales can hide a lot of problems .. for awhile .

The need for working capital for your company arises out of some basic needs - pay suppliers, finance, growth, ensure banks and other creditors are happy .

One term used in business is ' technically solvent ' - the basics on that one are that you have more assets than debts. That's the key to our message today - simply that that is just a calculation, and calculations don't pay bills.

Your ability to finance and monetize those assets is what liquidity is all about. Oh and by the way, if your balance sheet shows more liabilities than assets you're technically bankrupt!

As we have said, you need financing solutions to properly fund those assets, and that growth over time. It also helps that you are focusing on asset turnover - collecting receivables on time, turning inventory within your industry norms, and not mismatching short term cash outflows with long term obligations.

Canadian businesses tend to, on balance, not have a lot of cash on the balance sheet. That's ok if they have the credit facilities to draw on.

How can the business owner or finance manager monitor just how good, or bad the overall situation is? Some very simple calculations such as your days sales outstanding, inventory turns, and debt to equity calculations can provide tremendous insights. Monitoring these over time can provide very relevant information on an approaching crisis.

When your bank no longer seems to support you in a manner that you require we would offer up that they have also been benchmarking those same calculations on your financials. By then it is often too late to mend and repair that bank relationship.

Managing your assets, measuring that performance, and using debt in manner that suits for firm is key for cash flow financing survival.

In Canada the re are a number of working capital solutions for that ' knife fight in the phone booth ' that proverbial battle for cash flow survival.

Those tools include bank facilities for those that qualify. Other solutions include receivable financing, inventory financing, leasing assets or sale leaseback scenarios, or a true asset based line of credit that margins A/R, inventory and equipment all under on revolving facility. Two other relatively unheard of solutions are monetizing your tax credits and supply chain financing.
Why should you consider these working capital solutions?
Several reasons, including finally have a handle on accurate and timely information. Also, you prefer to manage growth, not fail from it. Managing day to day cash flow crisis is not … fun!

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on how your firm can successfully win the cash flow challenges you face everyday.





YOUR COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR CASH FLOW FINANCING !

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Financing & Cash flow are the biggest issues facing business today

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CALL NOW - DIRECT LINE - 416 319 5769 - Let's talk or arrange a meeting to discuss your needs
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Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/cash_flow_financing_working_capital_solutions.html





Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Making Sound Choices With Your Leasing Finance Company? Canadian Operating And Capital Lease Solutions





Cover Your Assets With The Right Lease Finance Strategy!


Information on choosing the right leasing finance company for your capital and operating lease solutions . Know Your Common Types of Choices!





The right leasing finance company. Sounds like a simple choice, right? But the reality is that when it comes to selecting the right capital and operating lease solutions for your firm can you really say you feel 100% prepared.

Abe Maslow was a famous U.S. professor, widely published and studied. He once wrote ' when the only tool you have is a hammer every problem resembles a nail'! No pun intended, but talk about hitting it on the head ! Most Canadian business owners and financial managers know they need a finance solution ; they know lease finance works, but quite often are very unclear on some basic selection criteria you need to have under your business belt when it comes to signing on the dotted line.

There are several major categories of leases and one, probably not all, is the right one for any particular equipment financing you enters into. When you win at the asset finance game you no doubt have one step on your competition. So it’s a question of knowing which benefits might accrue most logically to your firm.

Unlike the U.S. where things are a bit more complex, the leasing finance company in Canada has two major products, the lease to own solution, aka ' capital ', and the lease to use option, aka ' operating '. The operating lease is also often referred to as a fair market value lease or ‘true lease' , and we hasten to add the capital lease is also known as a finance lease .

Each of these two products exists to serve some basic needs of your company. A key point that is often overlooked by the lessee is the fact that either of these two leases can in effect be ' bundled ' to include other of your supplier’s deliverables, including shipping, installation, warranty, maintenance, etc.

Although an operating lease could in fact include a bundled component more logically that is undertaken for clients who wish the lease to use, or capital lease option. In an operating lease these items would be fully priced out, and would probably increase the total ' all in ' rate you are paying.

The world of operating leases is diminishing a bit with the inception of new standardized accounting rules that are coming into effect on a global basis. Although many of the benefits of leasing in general come together in both capital and operating leases the whole operating lease scenario becomes a bit more of an accounting exercise .

In an operating lease there is no interest per se - that might seem confusing to many. But the lease is structured as a payment only scenario, with your choices, or obligations being the ability to return, upgrde, or purchase at the end of term fair market value.

You will not always see, or get clear explanations from a leasing finance company on the type of lease, capital or operating, that you are entering into .That because the Canadian marketplace has lessors with either small, mid, or large ticket focuses. It's up to you to know who is offering what, what they are calling it, and if things are as they appear and promised.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian equipment financing advisor who can assist you in separating the promise and the deliverable for your firms benefit.








Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/leasing_finance_company_lease_operating_capital.html

Monday, February 27, 2012

Riddle Me This. Why Is The Cost And Mechanics Of An Accounts Receivable Financing Loan And Receivables Discounting So Misunderstood?




A Campfire Discussion on Invoice Discounting and Financing In Canada !


Information on the accounts receivable financing loan and why invoice discounting in Canada is often misunderstood and confusing to Canadian business owners .




An accounts receivable financing loan? We think we have just answered our own question on the strategy known as invoice discounting or invoice finance... namely, the part about ' misunderstanding'. Why is that? Simply because technically it's not even a loan... so no debt, no interest paid, etc. Let's explain.

Thousands of Canadian businesses sell to other businesses on credit - hopefully they are creditworthy clients. That's the essence of the accounts receivable discounting solution - you no longer have to wait to get paid, thereby solving the problem of working capital and cash flow shortages for your business.

It couldn’t be any simpler, so why is there so much misinformation about this method of Canadian business financing. We think it boils down to some of the terminology, and the fact that the many firms that offer this type of finance each come at it from a different focus, direction, and daily mechanics .

Under the traditional way of accounts receivable financing you submit your invoice, or invoices to your finance firm partner. Hopefully you have chosen the right partner... more about that later. After you have submitted that invoice you get immediate funding - typically in terms of a wire transfer into your bank account. The neat news here is that you can do this daily, weekly, monthly, basically whenever you like. And by the way, you are no obligated to do this all the time; it’s your call to implement only the financing you need, when you need it.

The fee. Here's where misinformation abounds! The concept of ' financing' that A/R is in fact a sale of the receivable, not a collateralization. What do we mean by that ?Well, typically if you had a bank facility in place for your receivables they take a security agreement that covers off the collateralization of your assets, including of course a/r. So the bank is actually ‘‘lending “against that a/r, and charging you an interest rate on a per annum basis. Those bank interest rates are very attractive... if you of course qualify, which is a discussion for another day!

When an accounts receivable financing firm implements the same strategy their documentation states they are ' buying’ your invoice sales, not collateralizing them. They buy those at a discount, hence the term ' a/r discounting.

So whets the price on that sale. In Canada it's generally 2% if you are selling on a 30 day term. In effect it’s a reduction of 2% of your business margins. Where misinformation comes in is that fact that most Canadian business owners and financial managers don't understand the fact that they are already absorbing similar costs by in effect being the bank for their own clients. It's an expensive cost of capital. If you have the cash flow out of that sale you could... well... start the process all over, ie make another sale, buy more product... and generate additional profits. Instead of waiting 2-3 months for clients to pay, which seems to be happening a lot these days?

If you are financing your receivables via a bank they of course wish you the best of luck in collecting them - as little due diligence is done on who you are selling to and on what terms . In accounts receivable financing its incumbent on you and your finance partner firm to focus on a solid turnover of that A/R - it reduces the cost and generates cash flow more quickly.

Other key advantages or differences of accounts receivable discounting include the fact that facilities are generally unlimited - if you are generating sales you have constant, daily access to cash flow.

Picking the right partner is critical in A/R finance. Simple documentation and no hidden fees or terms are critical to your success when you use this financing. Our recommended facility is in fact confidential invoice financing, allowing you to bill and collect your own receivables.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian financing advisor. Clear up the misinformation on this unique method of business financing.








Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/accounts_receivable_financing_loan_discounting.html

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Canadian Equipment Financing . When And Why To Consider Business Leasing Companies For Funding Your Corporation





Equipment Leasing In Canada – Timing And For The Right Reasons !


Information on Equipment financing for Canadian companies . When and why to use business leasing companies for your funding needs .



Equipment financing in Canada. Let's discuss when... and why you should utilize business leasing companies for Canadian asset finance.

The motivations behind equipment leasing in Canada vary by client. The reality is, and many don't look at it this way, is that the motivators are actually economic and non economic, depending on the circumstances within each client. We find that many are surprised to hear that banks and insurance companies utilize lease finance on a very significant basis. Our clients can be forgiven when asking ' why would a Canadian chartered bank, with all the cash in the world (or at least most of it ! ) consider business leasing companies for their asset acquisitions?

Clearly it’s a case of non- economic for them, they rely on this method of asset acquisition as a way to address areas such as the ability to control technology for example, in their computing and telecom needs.

The equipment leasing industry in Canada is exceptionally robust and competitive this day. We actually think half the battle knows which firm, or advisor will best suit your various needs when it comes to pricing issues, cash flow structuring, accounting and tax implications, etc.

Again, the Canadian business owner and financial manager can be forgiven also for not knowing where to turn to when it comes to the various firms that have specialization in small ticket transactions, medium sized deals, and lease financing transactions in the multi million dollar ranges. It goes without saying that no one firm can be all things to all business. That is for sure.

The actual economic of why your firm leases, and when it leases are critical. You have to be in a position to have done, or be willing to do, some analysis on what aspects of equipment financing are most important to your firm. The bottom line? It's that you need to figure out what’s important to your company, whether its cash flow management, payment seasonality, tax benefits, the ability to ' refresh ' assets, and in many cases bundle in all sorts of other costs such as delivery, installation, maintenance / support, etc. It is then you are in a position to move forward with your equipment finance strategy.

What are then some of the other key points when it comes to why you should consider working with business leasing companies?

Those other points to consider might be as follows: You want to be in a position to match cash outflows with the useful life of the asset. In telecom and computing that is critical. In other cases it might be of primary importance to achieve a low lease rate inherent in the transaction - when benchmarked against your own firms cost of capital this alone is a solid reason to finance via lease.

If you are in a medium sized or larger firm the way your management is measured might make it a great idea to lease assets, as EBITDA and ROI calculations might factor into your managements or owners compensation criteria. That’s not our favorite, but it's a reality!

New accounting rules in place might make it more difficult these days to achieve true off balance sheet financing - but just the lower rates and monthly payments in an operating lease, plus the ability to return, upgrade or extend alone still make this option feasible and viable for your firm .

So we guess it's all about timing, knowing when and why your firm should utilize equipment financing from Canadian business leasing companies. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you to achieve maximum use of those ' when' and ' why ' criteria.




Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com
/equipment_financing_business_leasing_companies.html










Saturday, February 25, 2012

Best Practices On Getting Canada Government Loans. Let The SBL Loan For Small Business Work For You





Get On Board with The Gov’t SBL Loan !


Information on Canada government loans. What best practices can Canadian business owners use to successfully receive the SBL loan for small business.




Canada government loans for small business. Are there some ' best practices ' to follow to ensure they work for you, and that of course you get approved? We think there are.

If you have worked in a larger corporation at any time (trust us ... we have) they always talk about ' best practices. They are defined as practices or methods that will ‘consistently show results superior to those by other means’. We’re not the biggest fans of buzzwords and ' corporate speak ' but we will say that it does seem quite applicable to our subject, the SBL loan in Canada.

When Canadian business owners, from start up to SME consider applying for Canada government loans it’s all about the rules. And when it comes to those rules that's where it gets a little tricky, because if the truth were to be told ( and we're telling it ) there are two sets of rules . One is the rules set out by the Small business loan program (The CSBF) and the other rules seem to be set out by those that run the program on a daily basis, ie the Canadian chartered banks and other miscellaneous institutions.

That’s where solid ' best practices ‘tell you that you don't want to be really ' winging it’ when it comes to applying and getting approved.

In reality the short list is really just that, quite short when it comes down to program qualifications. You need a crisp business plan and cash flow projection. Your plan should cover some real basics, and we assure clients it doesn’t have to read like a book. That's not the intent.

You just want to be able to convey a concise description of who you are, what your business is, who you compete against, and how you will operate and sell. It's as simple as that. If you can talk to those key points we feel you should be able to convey them in writing also, don’t you think?

That business plan and cash flow is the key document in successfully obtaining Canada government loans for small business. Those loans range up to $ 350,000.00 in value, have great rates considering that you are a start up or SME enterprise, and additional enhancements to the program include limited personal guarantees (clients love that one) as well as the ability to prepay without penalty.

Supporting documents are key to your plan, and they include what we always have felt were the basics - tax returns showing you have no arrears (after all it’s a government loan!), copies of your incorporation data, a premises lease. and supporting invoices or quotes you want financed .

All of the above data we shared are in fact our recommended ' best practices ' when it comes to the small business loan program in Canada. You increase your chances via an organized and positive approach, and basic attention to detail.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you on the approval your firm or start up deserves.




Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/canada_government_loans_loan_small_business_sbl.html

Friday, February 24, 2012

Don’t Gamble On Franchise Funding Success . Finance Your Franchising Opportunity Properly!




Canadian franchise financing success , without the risk!


Information on franchise funding in Canada . Your ability finance your franchising opportunity properly is key to your success as a franchisee


Franchise funding in Canada. At times does it seem like you have to take a real gamble on the franchising opportunity just to complete a transaction properly? And then finance it? Is there a better way? We think there is, and here's why, and how!

We're the first to admit making that franchise purchase decision is a huge leap of faith for many existing and would be entrepreneurs. Not only is it appropriate and important to align yourself with the proper franchisor, the challenge then becomes assembling what we could call a small ' team ' of advisors and mentors. So who is on that team - typically it’s a key contact at your franchisor, your accountant or franchise lawyer, and a financing advisor of some type - it might be your banker, it might not be.

So if you have a team in place is there still a gamble and risk here? To some degree yes, as the question still hangs over your opportunity, namely ‘How does franchise financing work and can I convince a lender of some sorts to approve my transaction?”

If there is any good news in the cloud of doubt we seem to be casting (we’re not trying to be negative!) here it’s simply that a franchising opportunity is viewed as a positive business model in today’s Canadian lending landscape.

Getting the right terms and conditions and utilizing the best finance program for franchises is key. So what then makes franchise funding and getting your acquisition in place a ' gamble ' sometimes? One thing is the quality of your team - the advice and direction you get from your franchisor, your finance partner, your specialized franchising lawyer etc are worth a million dollars... or close to it!

When it comes to financing you absolutely must be working with a lender of financing advisor who is both positive, and yes, experienced! in franchise finance. The reality is that there are always naysayers in any crowd, so if you get the old line ' we like you and your idea but we just think it's too risky ' you are absolutely going to have to replace some of our aforementioned team mates!

Who are the preferred lenders in franchise funding in Canada. You might be surprised to know it’s the federal government! Under the auspices of the CSBF program thousands of franchises are financed in Canada every year. Is it an automatic approval? Hardly - but you can eliminate a lot of the gamble we have been talking about by simply focusing on a crisp presentation.

That includes a solid business plan , cash flow, ( Cash repays loans by the way !) and the ability to position yourself as having an appropriate level of business or industry experience within the sector you are entering into with your franchisor .

While we identified your franchisor as part of your team we would quickly hasten to say that you’re really gambling on success if you are relying on the franchisor to help you with financing in a direct manner. 99.999% of the time they don't and won't.

That is why the CSBF program we mentioned is so popular. It’s a largely guaranteed government loan that still gives you tremendous financing flexibility. Other sources of financing include specialized franchise lenders and commercial finance and leasing firms who can assist in closing your transaction successfully.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in removing the ' gambling ' aspect of successful franchise funding in Canada.





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/franchise_funding_finance_franchise_opportunity.html



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let An ABL Revolver Facility Be Your New Canadian Asset Backed Lending Business Line Of Credit






Looking For A New Type Of Business Line Of Credit ?

Information on the ABL revolver facility business line of credit . This financing via asset backed lending is a strong alternative to traditional bank financing .




The ABL Revolver facility. Is it the business financing mechanism that can fill the gap your firm is experiencing in a business line of credit? Asset backed lending is working for thousands of firms who probably just several years ago had never heard of it! Here's why.

To understand the benefits, and the growing popularity of this type of business credit it's important to have a general sense of the landscape. The Canadian economy is of course way past the financial crisis it encountered in the 2008-2009 timeframe. But while that seems to be well behind us a lot of things changed in between. The bottom line is that post crisis lending for Canadian business owners and financial managers diminished and changed significantly.

How did things change? Simply put stricter lending criteria are in place and certain industries are out of favor. Canadian banks are renowned for their strength, stability, etc and they are always up for firms that have stellar credit and prospects in industries that are very much in favor. That’s great of course ... except ... what about the thousands of firms who have challenges and still have a demand for expansion of their business credit line?

That's where the ABL revolver business line of credit comes into play. Your firm might not be ' creditworthy' when it comes to a traditional Canadian chartered bank, but if it has assets, notwithstanding leverage or other issues it is still very much a candidate for asset backed lending.

ABL facilities focus solely on collateral - That's where 99% of the emphasis is, and the asset backed lender has the expertise, people and systems to lend against that collateral. The assets in question are the basics: inventory, receivables, equipment that is not encumbered and even real estate.

Your revolver facility, similar to a bank line of credit is monitored and managed, and yes, margined significantly against those same assets. They are in effect your ' borrowing base '.

It's ironic but many banks actually refer deals to an asset based lender because they are not really in position to ' count the boxes' in, for example, an inventory situation. The ABL lender is very happy to count the boxes (as long as they are full!). So just to reemphasize our point, the bank is interested in monitoring your performance via financial statements; the ABL lender is focused on monitoring those assets. You report on those assets probably much more than you would in a typical bank environment, but the advantage is pretty significant - you are getting typically 90% of A/R, anywhere from 30-70% on inventory, and market values in real estate and equip.

The asset backed lender is set up to for real ' heavy lifting' on your assets. By a combination of reporting and periodic visits they can feel comfortable in lending against all your business assets, notwithstanding financial performance. A company can still be losing money, having a bad year, in restructuring mode, etc and still have access to very significant business lines of credit.

If your company has a good mgmt team, proper asset controls you can experience significant upside in business credit via an ABL.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can help you ' fill the gap' in your business line of credit situation.





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/abl_revolver_facility_asset_backed_lending.html


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Buying And Financing A Business Acquisition . Loans To Finance Existing Businesses In Canada





Buying a business? Need Financing ?

Information on buying and financing a business acquisition in Canada . Loans and Finance availability for the SME sector of Canadian business .




Buying and financing a business acquisition is one of the major challenges of firms in the SME (Small and medium enterprise) sector in Canada.
Unlike the big boys who have access and funds available to hire expensive talent to complete the transaction the Canadian SME business owner and financial manager has the desire to complete a transaction , but needs help and information they traditionally don't have immediate access to .

Naturally acquisitions can be completed via an all cash purchase, the reality is that most businesses don' have the capital to complete a deal in that manner. And another thing, completing a transaction without acquisition loans and funding doesn't make perfect sense all the time because you are not taking advantage of leverage and return on investment.

So what information is in fact required as you are contemplating buying that firm? Is there in fact a ' short list ' of information? A great start would be some basics such as a business plan or executive summary which profiles the transaction.

Other critical data are the financial statements of the firm you are acquiring, some cash flow analysis, and most importantly, some financial modeling around the future profitability and cash flow generation of the combined business.

It’s those cash flows of course that will repay your business acquisition loans and financing!

A key concept around your deal is the equity component in the transaction. There has to be some reasonable equity in the combined firm, and that can come from your firm, the assets of the firm you are acquiring, or potentially some new equity and ownership participation.

So what can go wrong in a transaction like this? Well without the assistance or information we have spoken of, lots!

Timing is always a key component of your deal. The closing of your transaction can be driven by external deadlines, the deadlines imposed by the seller, or your own commitments to closing. Bottom line, leave enough time - it’s as simple as that.

A lot of transactions we look at have some huge ' gaps ' of missing information. To complete a proper purchase and financing a business acquisition properly with the right amount of loans, debt, etc requires all the missing pieces in the financial puzzle to be on the table.

So how can the acquisition be financed? There are some great and innovative strategies you can utilize to complete a deal successfully. They include and asset based lending scenario which monetizes the assets of the sellers firm. Smaller transactions under 350k can be efficiently handled via the Canadian CSBF loan program which has solid rates, terms and structures.

Business people need to remember also that you need to borrow enough to not only acquire the business, but to ensure you have the working capital and access to liquidity to grow the firm.

There are some great reasons to consider buying and financing a business. Some typical reasons include diversification, the ability to grow sales and reduce costs on a synergistic basis, and in some cases you just might have discovered a ' jewel in the barn ' - the type of firm that is undervalued or has a motivated seller.

Your key goals are to analyze the operating activities of the firm to be acquired, ensure you have a financing plan in place, and, as we said ensure you have the capital ready to ensure proper cash flow and replacement and upgrade of any needed assets.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you with your business acquisition loans and financing needs.







Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com



Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/buying_financing_business_acquisition_loans.html

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

6 Reasons To Consider Business Equipment Financing . Asset Finance Power Tools For Your Company





Immediate Asset Finance Cash Flow Savings


Information on asset finance . Why business equipment financing from Canadian leasing companies works for your firm . 6 Reasons to lease .





Business equipment financing continues to be by far the most popular method of asset finance for the Canadian company wishing to make fixed asset acquisitions. Virtually every type of asset class can be financed, and the lease finance industry as a whole is not prejudiced when it comes to industry types - every industry utilizes this financing mechanism.

The ability of Canadian companies to realize the benefits of this key aspect of Canadian business financing makes it more popular everyday. Leases are often confused or lumped in together with equipment loans and it’s at this time you need to know some of the basic aspects of accounting, tax and legal when it comes to differentiating between the two.

Operating leases tend to sometimes bring the most amount of confusion to the table, simply because when they are not structured properly they could be treated as a loan and additional debt on your balance sheet.

Let's examine 6 powerful reasons to use business equipment financing in Canada. Reason # 1 is certainly not our most favorite, but it tends to be the clients, and that’s simply the issue surrounding rates and payments.

Clients like both of those to be... low! While many other aspects of equipment leasing in Canada tend to be as important business owners and financial managers always seem to be looking for the most economical way of acquiring assets. There is an old joke among leasing companies that is unfortunately at the expense of you the lessee. It's simply that any firm can guarantee you the lowest rate, if, and it’s a big if... you sign their lease contract. That of course infers that many other scenarios come into play when it comes to the proverbial monthly payment.

The reality also is that when you focus in on rates only you miss many of the value add dimensions of business lease. some of which are equally as important as we have said. Bottom line, don't always thing asset finance via leasing is a commodity!

Reason # 2 to consider is the whole issue of assets, or fear of assets. Naturally you want to also separate the issue of the price of the asset from the financing - car dealers are masters of that one when it comes to intertwining them as we as consumers know. Leasing allows you to focus on the asset itself and the productivity that comes from it. Leasing provides a great return on investment when you consider the asset in terms of return on investment and cash outflows.

Reason # 3- Managements pay cheque ! What do we mean by that? Simply that many medium size and larger corporations compensate management on finance lingo such as EBITDA. Depending on how your management is measured when it comes to economic performance and ROI the right type of lease strategy can enhance that calculation. Another quick example, operating lease transactions reduce capital outlays.

Reason # 4- It’s all about the money ... or the cash flow conservation. Quite frankly many firms have to lease, they don’t have a choice, because when it comes to working capital you are conserving it via a business equipment financing strategy. Down payments are also eliminated or diminished. 100% financing is very often achievable via lease asset finance.


Reason # 5- Your balance sheet. Properly structured operating leases, aka the ' lease to use ' option can enhance your balance sheet. Even if bankers and other lenders add the assets back in them quite often will not add in the entire original balance. Technology acquisitions in Canada in computing, telecom, etc are perfect for operating leases, as they eliminate technological obsolescence.

Do we have a final reason today? We sure do, and it’s simply the issue of convenience. An asset finance company can approve and structure a proper lease for your firm in a matter of days. Small transactions in the industry are actually often approved and financed within 24-48 hrs! You can easily these days perform a lease vs. buy calculation and also bundle in numerous other services into your transaction.

Consider speaking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor to ensure you're focused on our 6 great reasons to consider business equipment financing.







Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com



Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/business_equipment_financing_asset_finance_company.html

Monday, February 20, 2012

8 Reasons To Consider Canadian Receivables Finance And Accounts Receivable Service For Cash Flow





Compelling Reasons To Consider An A/R Finance Strategy


Information on Canadian receivables finance and why an accounts receivable service can turn your firm into a positive cash flow generator immediately .




Receivables Finance! said the client. ‘Give me one good reason why .... ' We hear that one a lot , so we'll do one better and provide him, or her with 8 solid business reasons to consider an account receivable service for your cash flow financing needs .

Reason # 1 is simply growth... one of the ultimate ironies we have found in business financing is that many clients are punished for growing. Generally of course that's growing too fast and traditional banking in Canada somewhat dislikes high growth.

But tell that to the entrepreneur who has been building his or her company, or working forever on that major contract or sale. We have said it before and we'll say it again, a surefire method to generate positive cash flow immediately is to slow down sales and accelerate collections. You'll be flush with cash, but guess what, you won’t be growing and that’s the dream of most entrepreneurs and business owners.

A/R finance likes, no, scratch that, loves! growth. In fact under most facilities you will enter into for this method of Canadian business financing you are automatically approved for whatever level of financing you need, as long as you have the sales and resultant receivables to back up your request.

Reason # 2- the ability to purchase smarter and harder. With the cash on hand from your instant a/r collections via receivables finance you are in a position to negotiate better pricing with key suppliers, giving them at the same time the assurance you will pay .

Reason # 3 - This is a powerful but often overlooked one. It's simply your new found ability to take prompt payment discounting, typically 2%, off major purchases. That reduces the cost of an accounts receivable service significantly.

Reason # 4- Timing and speed. A solid A/R facility financing can usually be put in place within a week or two. Compare that to the time it takes to set up a bank facility with all the requirements imposed by Chartered banks in Canada, which by the way also include profitability, personal guarantees, potential outside collateral, etc .

Reason # 5 - This one is a bit tricky. Under traditional A/R finance in Canada utilizing the popular U.S. model the finance firm takes over all your collections, after all they have purchased the receivable. That reduces collections costs and focus by the Canadian business owner.

That’s all good, but we'll point out that our favorite and in fact recommended facility is a confidential invoice financing, wherein you bill and collect your own receivables and sales. So in this case opting for our recommended solution would in fact not save you the burden of collections and customer interfacing.

Reason # 6 - You're in control. In Canadian A/R finance you are under no obligation to finance all your A/R, so you only pay for financing you use, when you need it. That’s flexibility. Many bank facilities have standby and usages fees that kick in when the facility is not used. That’s not the case with Canadian accounts receivable service finance.

Reason # 7 - Customers who have liabilities with Canada Revenue for source deductions, H.S.T. etc and in fact use their a/r advances to clear up these federal and onerous obligations . That's a good thing, as the tax man should be on your side, not at the door!

Finally, reason # 8. It's basically the concept of the bridge. View receivables finance as your temporary bridge to a more traditional financing. A properly constructed facility should have little or no contractual obligations, allowing you to move on to another method of financing that might come with a lower cost.

There are numerous other reasons to consider A/R finance as a business financing strategy for Canadian business owners and financial managers... We have touched on some of the key ones, but further investigation by you will no doubt lead to other potential benefits.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in implementing a facility that makes sense for your firm.






Stan Prokop
- founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/receivables_finance_accounts_receivable_service.html




Canada Government Small Business Loans . Let The SBL Loan Give You An ‘A’ In Canadian Business Financing




Getting It Right With SBL Loans in Canada


Information on Canada government small loans. Why the SBL loan program get A marks from Canadian business owners.



Canada government small business loans - can they give you a sense that you have just achieved an ' A ' grade in Canadian business financing? We think so, and here is why the SBL loan makes solid sense for your firm, whether you are a start up, or if you fall under the 5 Million dollar sales level criteria which are one of the parameters of the program.

Whether you're the ' start up ' or simply looking for capital to expand your business the SBL loan probably makes sense, at least from a viewpoint of checking it out .

In many ways the Canada government SBL loan is the perfect vehicle for helping start up and small businesses achieve finance success. Why is that? Simply because traditional Canadian chartered banking is unable to facilitate the needs of much of those two business categories without the backing of the government on the loan.

Industry Canada, via the CSBFL program guarantees to those the banks that participate in the program 90% of your loan. Typically the type of firm that is looking for financing cannot meet the underwriting guidelines of a normal financial institution.

We have always been somewhat mesmerized by the Canadian business owner and entrepreneurs fixation on rate. Even before the loan is submitted the proverbial 'what’s the rate ' issue always seems to come up. In the case of Canada government small business loans the good news actually is that the rate and repayment terms are... quite frankly ... great.

Those rates include a 3% over prime core rate on your transaction, and with a selection of a variable rate you can pre pay the loan, at any time, without penalty. If the truth were to be told many clients talk about pre payment but are rarely in a position to do so... but we can dream can’t we.

Is there any aspect of the program that isn't and ' A' grade. We've got our own opinions on that - what we will say is that while the program itself has minimum guidelines each of the participating institutions within the program in fact have a few of their own policies and guidelines . That's why it is critical to align yourself with an experienced person or firm that understands how various institutions in fact inflict their own rules on the program.

Those rules and guidelines, which vary often include some key ratios that have to be met, or perhaps and additional contribution requirement over and above the 10% equity component you are required to put in on the transaction.

Simply speaking then, if we consider business financing a game, (it’s actually serious stuff) then you as a borrower or entrepreneur need to know how that game is played!

Your own kind of personal ' hell ' or frustration often begins when you don't follow the simple steps to SBL loan success. Those steps include a business plan, cash flow projections that are reasonable, and some very basic supporting documents that you would think would be attached to any business finance application.

So, can you expect to get an ' A ' in SBL small business loans in Canada. You certainly should if you investigate the requirements and focus on satisfying them in a complete and timely manner. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can help you fast track through the valuable program for entrepreneurs of new and existing businesses in Canada.





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/canada_government_small_business_loans_sbl_loan.html


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Understand Your Asset Finance Options. Leasing Versus Buying And Capital vs. Operating . It’s Your Call!





Making The Asset Financing Decision An Easy One

Information on asset finance and the leasing versus buying questions faced by business owners in the search for financing of capital assets via equipment finance .



Leasing versus buying. It's one of the classic questions faced by business owners and financial managers when they are looking for asset financing strategies that make sense in capital acquisition of business assets.

Let's examine how you as a business owner or finance manager can make the right decisions when you are at the proverbial fork in the road, the classic ‘ lease vs. buy ' scenario.

Part of the reason we're intrigued by this subject is simply the fact that there is so much misinformation around there, in some cases it's just an issue of not knowing what questions to ask.

Your firms ability to invest in new equipment whether its plant or office assets, or even telecom and computing needs typically brings you to the decision point to lease versus buy. You know that with these new assets your firm can most often become more productive and profitable.

The reality is, we think, is that it's as important a decision on buying and financing those assets as it probably was as to which asset to purchase, from which vendor, and at what price.

Your ability to match the right amount of financing capital with the use and term of the asset should be key to your decision.

The term lease itself, as simple as it might seem, is actually part of the confusion around the leasing versus buying decision. Many business owners think that there is always an ultimate obligation to return the asset at the end of the lease term - similar to the consumer leasing an auto. That is categorically not the case.

In reality you have the basic choice of entering into two types of leases in the Canadian business leasing industry - a capital lease or an operating lease. The capital lease is a basic lease to own scenario, no obligations there. Other than to make your payments! The operating lease gives you the right to return the asset if you choose, but it is not an obligation, it’s actually one of three choices you have under the operating ' fair market value ' lease. You can return, extend, or buy the asset.

The beauty of the operating lease is that it gives you all sorts of flexibility, has a lower monthly payment, and puts you in charge of the final asset several years down the road at the end of the lease term. This type of lease is perfectly suited for telecom and computing assets.

Many business owners and finance manager are often confused about their dealings with lease companies. We can commiserate with that , because its a question of which firm to deal with, what are their credit policies, which assets do they prefer or not prefer to finance, and are they easy to do business with when it comes to documentation and ongoing correspondence and relations during the term of the lease .

It's at this time when it might be best to focus on working with an expert who already has the knowledge and relations within the industry to best serve representing your needs.

We continually encourage clients to view a lease financing and asset finance company in the context of developing a long term relationship. The right type of firm will actually help you put together one Master lease and set up a lease line of credit, allowing you to quickly and efficiently add on assets at any time with minimum work. Bottom line, it’s not complex.

The key benefits of leasing, versus buying always stay the same. There are tax advantages, preservation of capital, and minimum down payments and certainly usually no outside collateral required. The asset being financed is the collateral!

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on the asset finance capital strategy that works best for your firm - and trust us, its not as complicated as you think!





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.webpage66.com/asset_finance_leasing_versus_buying_capital.html



Friday, February 17, 2012

Your Crash Course In Commercial Funding For Canadian Franchise Financing Loan Options







Canadian Franchise FInance



Franchise financing loan options are never as obvious as they might seem. So how about a crash course in funding your new business? We like the term ' crash course ' as it denotes ' research undertaken in an emergency '. Many entrepreneurs who are looking for the financing for their chosen franchise want to know they can count on several different avenues of assistance to complete a purchase.


Two key elements of our crash course today are the concepts of both being prepared, as well as ensuring that you can deliver on a reasonable equity component in your business.

Being prepared for franchise financing success in Canada revolves around ensuring you have a focused crisp ' package ' - key elements of that package are a succinct business plan, and a cash flow projection that reflects repayment of the loan. We meet with many clients who in some cases don’t fully understand that they need to have all their financing sewn up and properly planned for.

Franchise finance is not a staged event in Canada ; you need to ensure you a have a proper combination of equity and , as well as ensuring the early stages of the business operations reflect the proper amount of working capital to survive and grow .

The personal equity you are required to put into a franchise varies, and it varies for several reasons. The factors that affect your ' down payment ' component include the amount that might in fact be demanded by your franchisor, or on the other hand the lender. Those two requirements are not necessarily the same number all the time, so the correct combination of debt and equity that satisfies your franchisor, lender, and your own personal situation can be a tricky slope if not addressed properly, up front.


A great question we get all the time is whether it's easier for a Canadian entrepreneur to achieve franchise funding success by virtue of the franchisee model as opposed to purchasing any non - franchise business.

That's a tough one to weigh in on, but in general we think the franchise business model has more financing success probability, if only for the reason that you're purchasing a proven business model, not trying to invent one! We're told that industry stats show that approximately 5% of franchisees fail, while we suspect that amount is higher in non franchise transactions for entrepreneurs commencing the proverbial ' start up '.

One of the best options for financing your new business as a franchisee is the CSBF program. While not developed specifically for franchising over time it has evolved into the vehicle of choice for Canadian business financing success.

Why is the above noted program so successful then? The simply answer is that terms are great, they include competitive interest rates, a low personal covenant ( guarantee ) , repayment without penalty , and the ability to finance leasehold improvements which are generally very difficult to finance otherwise .

We're often asked it the franchisor will assist in your financing. Your crash course answer on that one = ' NO'. While the franchisor can assist and guide you in many ways don't count on them to provide franchise funding for your business. The simple reason - they sell franchises, they don't finance them.

Are there non- bank lenders who specialize in franchise financing loan options. In Canada they exist, but they are very small in number. Often other forms of Canadian business financing can properly compliment your required financing solution. They include equipment financing, or merchant cash advance programs. It's important to pick the right partner in this regard.

Canadian banks generally don’t lend outright on franchise financing without significant personal collateral and established banking relationships back stopped by strong personal credit ratings. Where they do participate directly it is with larger chains that are viewed as industry leaders. An example - think hockey/donuts!!

Although a crash course isn't the worst thing you can do in planning your franchise success a better alternative is to seek solid mentorship and assistance from people or firms that have solid experience in helping you make a success of your franchise.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in your franchise funding success.






Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/franchise_financing_loan_options_funding.html

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Naked Truth And Insights Into The ABL Asset Credit Line Facility . Canadian Business Financing Unexpected!






Information on the business asset credit line ABL facility . Why asset based financing gains more traction everyday.





Stripped down. An ABL facility asset credit line for your business financing needs just might be the most basic, yet perfect Canadian business financing vehicle your company needs. Oh, and by the way, that’s if you are a start up, in the SME sector, or one of Canada's largest corporations, because those three are already using this type of asset based business line of credit.

The ongoing debate of whether business credit financing in Canada is still tight rages on. One could make the case that the patient, i.e. the economy and business credit is still sick. So is there a patient cure?

Naturally it goes without saying that Canada, despite the complaints of the Canadian business owner and financial manager, is probably in better shape than many other countries.


The weaker economy h as one advantage, and that’s that many of your competitors are still struggling, downsizing, or just plain in trouble. We always never forget to mention that the asset based ABL facility is also a great strategy to purchase one of those competitors, as is makes optimum use of asset leverage.

So can you properly fund your company via the use of abl funding at a time when traditional access to funding is still perceived as having dried up? You can via asset based lines of credit, even if you don't qualify for the higher credit quality that is required by banks and insurance companies. So let's strip down and examine some of those naked truths

And by the way, why exactly have asset based lines of credit in fact grown so much in popularity in Canada. We would say the best answer to that is that in the past there was either the Canadian chartered bank solution, which had great rates, or no solution at all. The ABL facility was generally not heard of or not available in years gone by - and that has changed. That's a bit strange because over half, yes half of all asset credit line activity in the U.S. is via ABL.

So why the move to ABL ?It is simply that if your firm has fluctuating, or even negative profits you still have huge borrowing power via this method of financing .

Yes of course those same assets are being margined, just as your bank would have, but there are too major differences, we can call them the core of our ' naked truth ‘. First of all your borrowing levels are raised significantly because your assets are margined at a higher rate , and the inventory component of margining is very aggressive, where in some case a bank facility might not even address that asset at all, or at lease only nominally .

And your new business line of credit, via ABL in fact can include the appraised values of equipment and real estate, thereby increasing revolving credit borrowing power.

And what about that 2nd naked difference or truth? It's a key point, in that the focus on ABL approval is not cash flow coverage and covenants, its only assets, which has great appeal to Canadian borrowers, especially those that struggle to meet those cash flow covenants.

Quite often we see tremendous flexibility in the size of such a facility, because in many cases business has peaks and valleys and bulges in financing requirements.

Do you work harder to maintain or get such a facility? Our naked truth... yes. The one aspect of this method of financing is that you'll find yourself reporting on your assets more often than you would in a bank environment.

Thats some of the naked truth in this asset credit line .It's a part of the new reality of Canadian business financing that you should take a serious look at, especially if things are not working well now . Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor for the stripped down truth on the ABL advantage.







Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –



http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/abl_facility_asset_credit_line_financing.html





Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Liquidity Problems? Cash Flow Challenges? Bank Problem? Here’s Your Next Step






Solutions To Big Financial Dilemmas

Information on solutions for Canadian firms who have cash flow challenges or a problem at the bank. Answers for liquidity problems .





Liquidity problems and cash flow challenges plague thousands of Canadian business owners and financial managers. A lot of this challenge revolves around a company's inability to properly access bank financing in Canada. If that's the case what is the next step then?

We think that next step understands your alternatives, ensuring you understand why you are in a liquidity crisis, i.e. that cash strapped feeling, and finally understanding what might get you back on the right course at the bank.

As we have stated in the past Canadian chartered banks are the first ' go to ' when it comes to securing capital and Canadian business financing. Yet many business owners often find that the bank is either not suited or pre-disposed to solving their cash flow and working capital challenges.

Is there an easy way to a business owner of finance manager to assess the overall probability of achieving bank financing? For our purposes it comes down to your ability to understand 4 key issues. What are they?

First of all, as a general rule you have to be able to show profitability. We can't count the number of firms we meet who are in either a bad year financially or in many cases in the throes of a turnaround back to profitability. Unfortunately in general that doesn’t count at the bank. Banks take the approach that you will pay the loans or working capital financing back from profits. If you can’t demonstrate that there is an immediate obstacle to bank financing success.

Your firms overall collateral position is the 2nd focus from a bank perspective. Certain types of collateral are more preferred than others. They include real estate, receivables, uncollateralized equipment, etc. In general inventory is rarely viewed as appropriate collateral by the bank.

The third focus from the bank is your overall balance sheet. Aside from ensuring it balances..!! .. you must have the right combo of debt and equity. Is there a rule of thumb in this area? Typically the answer is that you must have a dollar of equity in your firm for every 2 dollars in debt.

Finally, is there anything more uncomfortable than the issue of personal guarantees? It's all about ' putting it on the line ‘, which of course many business people are reluctant to do. Your logic is of course that you incorporated to avoid guarantees, and that there should be some risk sharing. Again, that’s your view, not the banks.

We do believe, and have seen that in many cases a strong financing proposal might eliminate all or at least part of a guarantee, so be prepared to address this issue delicately and properly.

Although Canadian chartered banks are among the absolute best in financial strength, management, services and infrastructure it's of course still easy to cast dispersion and doubt on their stated goals of helping Canadian businesses, particularly small and medium business .

So when you or the Canadian chartered banking system have lost faith in each other what’s next? The reality is that many non-bank institutions and independent commercial finance firms provide a variety of cash flow solutions to your business. They include non bank asset based lines of credit, receivable financing, equipment financing and sale leasebacks, and supply chain and tax credit financing. And these solutions work, and in many cases compete directly with bank offerings.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in identifying the next step in Canadian business financing alternatives for your firm.





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –



http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com



Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/liquidity_problems_cash_flow_challenges_bank.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Leasing IT Cloud Financing Services . Lease Your Hardware And Software Needs





Accessing the Secrets Around Cloud Leasing And Financing In Canada

Information on IT cloud financing and leasing in Canada . Lease your hardware and software services and needs .




IT cloud financing services and the leasing of such services for hardware and software needs presents new challenges for the Canadian business and financial managers looking to leverage technology via lease financing. Oh, and by the way, financing ' the cloud ' presents probably just as many challenges for lessors and finance institutions also!

Cloud technology is of course the newest kid on the block. It’s another new concept to comprehend, essentially the use of computing as resources, both hardware, and software, over a network. That network typically is of course the internet.

For the first time your firm actually is using computing power and doesnt necessarily know where those resources might be located. Naturally as in all aspects of technology and tech finance it’s a case of you using the hardware and software, not necessarily caring about where it is and who is managing or running it.

Naturally the benefits of financing and leasing cloud services are quite clear - lower costs, ease of use, and your ability to add on hardware and software when you need it.

Although cloud computing and financing are relatively new it's surprising to see statistics that indicate at least 1/3 of all businesses intend to finance their cloud services.

It's certainly a different way to structure a transaction. We've always preached the creativity and benefits of hardware, service, and software leasing and it just seems that creativity is again an understatement when you utilize this form of financing. It is clearly a new business niche in Canadian business financing.

We find some a bit of irony in the concept of IT Cloud financing. What is that irony? Simply that for those of use old enough to remember it seems like ' timesharing ' all over again! except we seemed to always know the address of our timeshare firm, and we could actually drive there and see the hardware and software!

Business owners, chief information officers and finance managers are again looking to leasing as a methodology to gain benefits and limit the risk involve in technology purchases of hardware and software.

Naturally there are risk factors in any aspect of business and Canadian leasing companies who participate in cloud financing are probably struggling to determine what that level of risk is. We would think overall credit quality is key in this new form of financing. It's difficult to structure payments and rates around IT CLOUD finance when in essence the service you are utilizing is ' metered ‘, similar to electricity we would say.

It's the ability of your lessor or computer company to measure what you are using and where that hardware and software computing power is coming from that is key. And if you don’t pay, there is certainly no ability to ' repossess' assets, that’s for sure.

Consider leveraging both the power of the internet and leasing as a method to maximize your software and hardware needs. IT Cloud finance allows you to share resources, and therefore lower your cost.

Your benefits include lower cost of ownership, the concept of paying for what you only use, and the ability, as always with lease finance, to add on to what you might need, easily... and faster.

Speak to a trusted, credible an experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can work with you to meet your IT Cloud hardware and software needs.







Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –



http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com



Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/it_cloud_financing_services_software_leasing.html


Monday, February 13, 2012

Cash On Hand! What A Concept ! Let Canadian Accounts Receivables Credit Financing Via Factoring Funding Be Your Solution






Funding Peace Of Mind With Canadian Cash Flow Financing


Information on Canadian accounts receivable credit financing . Why factoring generates ‘ cash on hand ‘ for the cash flow your firm needs.




Accounts receivable credit financing is one method in which thousands of firms in Canada generate ' cash on hand '. That phrase is of course the accounting/business term which business owners and financial managers in Canada refer to with respect to their positive cash balances.

Your ability to have cash on hand at any given time provides you of course with the sense of positive feeling that you're able to fund both operations, and hopefully growth. We've observed over the years that Canadian financial statements typically seem to reflect less cash on hand when it comes to monthly or annual financial statements .

Naturally in tougher economic times it is even hard to maintain positive cash balances, and we're quire sure most business owners would maintain that they are not 100% satisfied with their cash position over time. It is of course important to remember that too much idle cash is a negative item - large corporations even risk losing their ownership when suitors circle with the intent of leveraging the firms cash and assets to in effect take their company away from them via a buyout . But we digress...

The pressures that reduce cash flow are obvious to most business owners and managers. They are fluctuating sales, lower profit margins, and the inevitable slow paying clients which these takes take anywhere from 60 to 90 days, even though your terms are net 30. We wish!

Although management of businesses in the small and medium sized sector in Canada (SME) typically focus on survival and daily operations it's clear to all hopefully that cash flow success also translates into ability to grow your business.

So how does business increase the cash cushion. The simply answer is to lower your costs, get extended credit with key supplies, lower inventory levels, improve collections, and monetize current assets .

Factoring receivables focuses on the latter, monetizing your typically largest asset, your A/R. Accounts receivable credit financing, i.e. ' factoring ' allows you to get paid on invoicing, typically getting 90% of your funds as soon as you deliver your product or service. And by the way, that other 10 per cent isn’t the cost of financing! that balance is remitted to you as soon as your customer pays, less financing costs which are typically in the 2% range if your terms and collectability equate to 30 days. Bottom line, all of a sudden your cash cushion of cash on hand is there, and it’s positive!

The receivable financing industry in Canada is fragmented, consisting of a number of large and small players. They offer the benefit of instant cash flow for firms, allowing them to meet the obligations we spoke of, i.e. payroll, government remittances, and growth.


So when should a customer consider factoring receivables. Typically it’s when you yourself have become the financing company you never intended to be, carrying larger amounts of inventory and receivables than you desire. All of a sudden you're in a position to take supplier discounts and entertain larger orders and contracts.

Is accounts receivable credit financing and factoring for your firm. It is if you maintain proper financial records, have generally creditworthy clients, and are in a position to provide those receivables as collateral for the cash flow. Simple as that.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist your with your ' cash on hand' needs!!





Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/accounts_receivable_credit_financing_factoring.html






Sunday, February 12, 2012

Need Business Turnaround Financing For Your Company? Canadian Solutions For Distressed Corporate Situations





Need a Refinancing Turnaround?


Information on business turnaround financing in Canada . Recognizing corporate distressed challenges and implementing proper solutions.





Business turnaround financing for Canadian firms is clearly one of the most challenging forms of corporate finance for those firms experiencing distress from either internal or external factors, more often than not a combination of both .

You can call it crisis management, turnaround management... whatever, bottom line, your company might need it. How then does a firm recognize that need, and what tools and financial solutions are available in Canada to implement a financial reorganization that makes sense.

Without a doubt it's about understanding both the causes and implications of company financial problems, and then implementing a solution.

When Canadian business owners and financial managers of companies in need of financing changes face their ' to do ' list a number of key focuses must be forged. They include restructuring your current debt, potentially downsizing your business, and addressing various legal issues with your current lenders, which might be both operating lenders and term lenders such as lessors, senior bank facilities, etc.

A common sense way of looking at things is to address some very basic questions, in effect:

What is going wrong and how must management take responsibility?

Do we have resources (i.e. assets) and financial assistance and expertise to begin and complete the turnaround?

Naturally depending on the size of your firm the challenge has different levels of complexity. Distressed situations can be addressed in either a ' strategic ' manner, or via an operating turnaround. Our comments are more focused on the operating turnaround... it’s the basics such as increasing sales, lowering costs, and refinancing assets.

In many cases new creditors must replace your current creditors. Again we emphasize that your current firm might be a start up, or one that has experienced tremendous growth and then stalled, , or in some cases your firm has been around a long time and financial issues simply have come to ahead and need to be addressed. All these firms require external turnaround management assistance, quite frankly, someone who has been here before.

At the end of the day it's about looking at your refinancing options which might include secured debt, bank debt, and other debt with commercial finance companies.

What then are potential solutions for corporate distressed situations? In Canada those solutions are debtor in possession financing; asset based lending, monetizing current assets via working capital facilities that include A/R and inventory and equipment components. Other less widely used options include securitization of contracts, tax credit financing, and supply chain financing.

Business turnaround financing is one of the most challenging aspects of Canadian business financing. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor for solutions that make sense for your firm.




Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com



Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/business_turnaround_financing_distressed_corporate.html




Saturday, February 11, 2012

5 Other Myths About Canadian Government Loans . The BIL SBL loan Isn't What You Think!






You Need To Know This About SBL Loans !


5 Other Myths About Canadian Government Loans . The BIL SBL loan Isn't What You Think!




Canadian government loans. We wrote recently about key misunderstandings on the SBL loan program in Canada. We cleared up some myths, hopefully, and... here's some more!

Myth # 1- It can't get any better than this when it comes to misunderstanding. Many Canadian business owners and financial managers are under the distinct impression that if one bank declines your submission then all Canadian chartered banks might, or will do the same.

Here it's also necessary to step back a bit and say that the SBL BIL (Business Improvement Loan) is run my Industry Canada, the federal department branch. However on a day to day business you simply deal with your local banker or via an experienced advisor.

So back to our point, the reality is that if a bank did in fact not approve your submission another bank just well might. Of course we're making the assumption you have properly prepared, which unfortunately isn’t always the case.

This myth, if we can call it that, is one of our biggest ' bones to pick ' with the program, It's that each bank ' interprets ' and then underwrites the program in a different manner. Some even choose not to participate in the program at all, and worse, many do not train their staff to properly understand and explain the program to their clients. But we digress....!

It might be best in many cases to speak to an expert in this area to determine if in fact you are working with the right parties. Talk about saving you time and money!



Myth # 2- Are you guaranteed funding if you have a strong submission and a proper business plan and cash flow forecast. One that addresses the who, what when where and why scenarios as a good plan should. The answer, unfortunately, is no, there are no guarantees. Again, not our favorite way of doing things from our perspective, but each bank underwriter has their own interpretation of your business's success. In our opinion they might be biased about things such as your industry, your geography or location, etc, Suffice to say preparing a tight plan and anticipating all the questions and issues sure helps.

Myth # 3-The rates and terms and structures
offered by each bank differ even though it’s the same Canadian government loans program. The answer is simply no, there are no differences, and the rates are the same under the program, essentially 3% over prime. Where misunderstanding occurs is where each bank has different advance and down payment scenarios. The permanent equity down payment you need in such a loan by the way is 10%.

Myth # 4 - You only need 10% down to get approved and qualified. In theory, correct, in practice not correct! Again, different banks may require some additional working capital back up to help guarantee business success. And again, and not our favorite way of doing things, each bank is different.

And our final debunked myth? Many applicants think they need outside collateral or 100% personal guarantees or other guarantors on the loan, which by the way caps out at $ 350,000.00 as the maximum you can borrow. Not the case. The equipment and leaseholds and even real estate you choose are not collateralized by your personal assets. That’s a good thing.

Is the SBL BIL loan for you? We sure think it is, as long as you have the proper information. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you to ' debunk those myths and get you ... approved!




Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 80 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :


http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/canadian_government_loans_sbl_loan_bil.html