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.



Saturday, March 31, 2012

No ‘ SRED ‘ Of Doubt ! SR And ED Tax Credits Finance Via A Bridge Loan Is Still Here !



SR&ED Finance – Alive And Well


Information on sred bridge loan finance in Canada . Despite recent changes to the program your s red ( sr & ed ) tax credits are still eligible for financing .




SR & ED Tax credits. Did you or your firm have any doubt about the SRED program in Canada? I think we can safely say thousands did, and the good news is that the SRED Program is still intact... yes some changes, but still alive and well .

And even better news? Your SR ED claim is still 100% financeable with the same criteria that have always been in place.

Let’s step back a bit. Naturally the thousands of business owners in Canada who receive a total of Billions, yes that Billions with our capital ' B ' were concerned about what many felt was the best research tax credit scheme ever, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development ( hence ' SR & ED ' ) program .

Criticism and hope abounded from every direction. The government wanted to ensure that funds spent were getting Canada an appropriate return on investment - which seems like a reasonable request for us taxpayer type folks. At the same time thousands of firms used the refundable tax credit as valuable cash flow and working capital to both survive, grow or start their business, and to be able to invest even further in next years r&d.

Many felt the program was too complicated. We're not lawyers, accountants, or government mandarins, so there’s certain issues we won’t weigh in on, and that’s one of them!

The reality is though that close to 4 Billion dollars was being doled out every year to almost 25 thousand firms in Canada, which was a huge portion of the government R&D subsidy. And it was all about return on investment as we said;

Who in fact is benefiting?
How are they benefiting? Etc!

A major report that was widely anticipated concluded that a reduction of the program was appropriate and needed, and that the better choice was for strategic financing initiatives that would bring a better ROI.

Anyway, its over, if in fact the federal budget that was table will be ratified by the government. So yes, there will be changes in how your expenses are computed, and in some cases they will be reduced. Capital expenditures, which were often a large part of the calculation seems to have been eliminated... again futher reducing your total refund.

Certainly the onus is on the industry's private SRED Consultants to prepare higher quality claims and in some cases address their fee structures from a viewpoint of optics.

Anyway, that’s the news from the top! But down here at the bottom, where we toil in the real world sred (sr & Ed) tax credits are still financeable via a bridge loan for the finance of the credit.

The criteria are still the same. Your SR ED claim is generally financed at 70% loan to value... the transaction is structured as a bridge loan with no monthly amortized payments. You receive the balance of your claim, i.e. the other 30% when the claim is audited/approved, less financing costs.

Basic back up info is still required, i.e. a copy of your claim, confirmation of your firms arrears or non arrears to CRA, and your financials. It's as easy as that.

Did you have that ‘ SRED OF DOUBT ‘ ? ! The dust has settled, and if you want to finance your claims via the SR & ED bridge loan speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian busines financing advisor today.







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/sred_sr_ed_tax_credits_bridge_loan_finance.html

Friday, March 30, 2012

Creative Ways for Franchise Finance In Canada. From IT Franchises To Restaurant Franchising Here’s How !





Avoid The ‘ Wait & Hope ’ Of Franchising Finance In Canada


Information on franchising in Canada . From IT franchises to a restaurant you need a clear franchise finance success plan




Franchising Canada. Whether it’s an ' IT ' franchise in the world of technology, or a restaurant in the quick service / full service/ casual service industry everyone it seems wants to get on board. If they know they have the ability to finance the business...so let’s examine some creative ways in which to complete the financing of the entrepreneurial dream.

It's no secret to the potential franchisee that it's all about cash - a combination of your own and borrowed funds. What are some of the methods that clients use to creatively, yet sensibly finance the franchise dream in Canada.

Every business in Canada, new or existing, has two components to the capital structure. Debt... and equity. Equity is of course your portion; debt is of course that contributed by your lender or lenders. And remember, you have the upside potential in equity... your lender has only the interest income, and the hope and belief that they will be paid in full.

That's one of the reasons that many franchisee ' newbie’s' in fact get overly enamored with the financial potential of their business when pitching a franchise finance scenario. We think they would do better often to tone it down a bit and focus more on the lenders ability to feel comfortable that cash flow will cover the loan or loan payments.

In talking to clients over a long period of time we've been intrigued by the manner in which customers come up with their portion of the funds, the equity. Sometimes it's savings, other times they are leaving corporate life and utilizing their severance from the previous employer.

In other cases there is ' friends and family ' - we see that a lot. In order to be truly creative in using funds from friends and family (it hasn’t escaped us that they are in fact your ' angel investors;) you need to be sure these funds arent documented as formal debt - otherwise your banker or lender will have to show this on your personal balance sheet as debt, which will affect some of your borrowing ratios.
Supplementary to this strategy is getting a minority operating or silent partner in the business. Giving up a small amount of equity, say 5-10% might induce a family member or third party to help you out.

Typically the collapsing of registered savings plans is viewed by most as not, we repeat, not the best way to finance a franchise. Two reasons here actually, one is the huge tax bite involved in such a move; the other is simply that you have put your savings at risk, which clearly is not optimal.

Other creative ways to compliment franchise financing in Canada are to consider supplementary forms of financing such as equipment lessors for certain assets, or merchant receivable firms for ongoing cash flow. They are complimentary to your overall finance strategy.

Is there one way to really move along quickly in franchise finance in Canada? How about a co- signer, and boy do we have one for you. It's the government of Canada, via Industry Canada’s BIL program, with the government in effect guaranteeing a huge portion of your loan in the franchising Canada environment. Don't overlook that one!

So, a service franchise, such as in the IT (information technology) industry, or a restaurant... it’s your call when it comes to selecting and finalizing the franchise dream. Just make sure you have considered all options, traditional and alternative when it comes to ' creative ‘.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor for franchise finance advice that gets you to the goal line of 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/franchising_canada_it_restaurant_franchise_finance.html

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Feeling Mathematically Eliminated From Canadian Business Financing . The ABL Asset Based Business Line Of Credit Facility Will Change That !






A Proven Strategy For Business Capital Liquidity


Information on the asset based business line of credit facility in Canada. ABL business financing increases working capital and Liquidity




How In Fact Can an ABL Asset Based line of credit facility have you feeling UN - mathematically eliminated in Canadian Business financing? Let's explain.

The other day we heard on the radio that a local hockey team was in fact ' mathematically eliminated ' from the playoffs. What is meant of course was that no matter how well they did for the balance of the season they in fact couldn't make their final numbers and success better.

In our opinion that’s how many Canadian business owners and financial managers feel about their ability to access the maximum amount of business line of credit they need - simply speaking they're constantly being told that the numbers don't add up and they are coming short with their working capital and cash flow needs.

Does that have to be the case? We don't think so and that’s why we propose an asset based business line of credit facility, termed an ' ABL ' to give your company that feeling of not being eliminated!

Let's recap what the ABL is. It's really a loan or monetization in the form of a business line of credit. It focuses on one thing and one thing only, your assets! Typically its the current assets on your balance sheet, i.e. receivables and inventory, but it can very easily make fixed assets and real estate a part of that same business credit facility.

The amount you can draw on for daily cash flow operating needs becomes a function of your growth in assets. We think you can see what is happening here - as your sales grow your cash flow draw down ability grows, in lock step! You in effect, using our theme today, can't be eliminated!

Once your ABL facility is in place you're in a position to constantly draw down on those agreed upon percentages. Typically the ABL allows you to draw 90% of A/R and anywhere from 30-70% of inventory. The astute business owner or finance manager can quickly see that the amount of liquidity that they immediately can access is significantly larger than they are receiving anywhere else, including their chartered bank.

As your company grows every owner/manager, whether you are in a start up or established firm realizes you have to have a handle of access to cash flow... Cash flow isn’t ' accrual accounting’; it’s the result of your asset conversion.

The Asset based line of credit facility allows you to avoid mistakes and it outperforms pretty well every other type of business line of credit. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on how you can keep in pace with your operating and growth 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/abl_asset_based_business_line_of_credit_facility.html



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Someone’s Got Your Back On Cash Flow Solutions ! Canadian Working Capital Management





Cash flow solutions and working capital management in Canada. It's nice to know that you do in fact have solutions, help and assistance in Canada... in effect ' someones got your back ' .. helping you out.

A lot is written about why business fail, or stop growing ; we often hear that ' lack of good or experienced management' is the major cause, but trust us poor , or poorly timed working capital management and financial solutions are a true close second!

The good news, as we said though, is that someone in fact does ' have your back ' when it comes to those cash flow solutions in Canadian business financing. - In effect you do have a ' roadmap ' to business finance that you may not have thought you had.

These days though the reality is that you have traditional finance methods, and ' alternative ‘. Alternative is not as esoteric as you might think, in fact a good way we explain that to clients is that more often than not you're dealing with commercial non bank finance companies that are not ' regulated ' in that manner that are Canadian chartered banks, insurance companies, etc. And they have solutions to your challenges.

For small and medium sized businesses you simply need a story, and proper financial statements which often can be complimented with a good business plan or executive summary.

Every company in Canada is somewhere along what we could call the ' maturity spectrum '. Firms that are a bit larger or more established have access to some fairly heavy duty solutions which might include angel investors, some private equity, junior capital pools, and even modest forms of venture capital.

The reality is though is that for the majority of firms its the management and financing of their assets and growth that is the crux of cash flow solutions, and without this management of working capital during the sales and growth of sales period that make allows the Canadian business owner to make the transition from dream to reality when it comes to business success.

We often think that clients can be forgiven for thinking there is not a lot of financing options available in Canada for them - it certainly can feel that way on occasion. The reality though is that the lending of business finance funds is in fact the backbone of business in Canada. Borrowing and investing in fact make Canadian business.

We never forget the ultimate irony that your firm might have a better chance in slower economic times to get something done simply because in those boom times there’s too many deals and opportunities, and everyone is busy .

Financing a business comes down to 6 alternatives.

- You fund it yourself,
- You borrow funds,
- You sell assets,
- You finance internally through growth and management of assets,
- You are given funding, via grants, etc,
or you sell equity.

Our focus is really # 2; borrowing funds... actually monetizing assets. Those solutions as we said, are more plentiful than you think - receivable financing, equipment leasing, working capital term loans, asset based lines of credit that are non bank in nature, tax credit monetization, and securitization of sales.

Someone in fact does have your back in Canadian business cash flow solutions - that person just might be an experienced Canadian business financing advisor who has credibility and experience. Consider reviewing the above mentioned solutions in the context of both surviving and growing your business 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/cash_flow_solutions_working_capital_management.html

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

8 Can’t Fail Methods For Using An Asset finance Business Lease Company For Direct Financing




You Can’t Not Know About These 8 Asset Finance Methods



Information on methods for asset finance via a business lease company for Canadian direct financing needs .



Asset Finance... via a business lease company in Canada. Doesn’t it seem that we're all exceptionally greatfull for any good news these days in business of business finance? The good news is that direct financing of your company asset needs is back to being fairly plentiful these days.

And talk about asset types; i.e. what can be financed. It runs the gamut: heavy machinery, technology assets, and the new kid on the block: solar/energy etc., plant equipment, material handling, print and restaurant...and... Well you guessed it, and on it goes.

There are some solid, what we will call ' can't fail ' types of lease and asset finance available for Canadian owners and business managers. Let's recap 8, yes 8 of those methods. We would point out that the different names of these financing solutions are rarely at the top of the page - you kind of have to know what they are, and what to ask for, and that’s our job today I guess!

The most common method of asset finance is the full payout lease, aka ' lease to own. It's very much just a pure finance play, with your firms intention being to own the asset at the end of the lease term. Here it’s critical that it’s your intention to do that, and probably the major concern of most firms here on this method understands the financing rate, which can be easily calculated if your lessor won’t share that. The elements of a pure full payout lease are term, rate, asset value, and monthly payment and end value - if you know 4 of them you can always calculate the other!

Some business owners might be interested in what’s known as a true lease - in this case your lessor will be ensuring that the rights and obligations of ownership of the asset are clearly with the lessor itself, not your firm. In Canada certain accounting rules under CICA have to be met in order for your transaction to be a ' true lease ‘. Remember that a lease is not, we repeat, not a loan.

The third cant fail method we are talking about is the true operating lease. As opposed to our number one method of ownership, the operating lease denotes ' usage ‘, not ownership, and your firm has to have the intention of returning the asset at the end of the lease term . Naturally you can purchase the asset at time also. As well, most lessors will allow you to upgrade and extend. Technology assets are perfect for lease finance.

Although the majority of assets in Canada that are done via a direct business lease company are hard assets its ' Service Leases ' that make up the portion of some firms business. Services can be financed if they are to a credit worthy lessee. Service type leases tend to be shorter in term and are sometimes a component of another asset within the lease, or on their own.

Our next ' can't fail ‘is what we will call the single one time lease. It’s an all or nothing transaction, a single asset that gets ordered by your firm, it arrives, and you sign off acceptance. In some cases mere delivery of the asset can constitute your firms acceptance and commencement of the lease.

Our 6th cant fail method is the sale leaseback. It's been around forever... was out of vogue for the past few years, and back in vogue these days... when it makes sense for you and the lessor . It’s a case of your firm selling an unencumbered asset to maximize cash flow and working capital from an asset that’s on your balance sheet.

The ' Master Lease ' concept is our 7th ' can't fail ' strategy. It’s a great way to cement a long term relationship with a lessor; your firm agrees on one legal lease document Vis a Vis terms and conditions, and then you simply add on assets over the term of the relationship with your lessor. Saves time and money on legals, documentation, etc.

Our last ‘can’t fail' method? It's the concept of a sublease wherein you and the lessor agree you can release the equipment to one of your own clients. Your firm either stays on the hook, or transfers the rights and obligations you have entered into to your client.

So what’s our point today? Simply that you have a lot of flexibility in asset finance in Canada when you deal with the proper business lease company. Maximize that flexibility and enhance your asset financing knowledge by speaking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor today.






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/asset_finance_business_lease_company_direct.html

Monday, March 26, 2012

Excuse Us For Pumping Types Of Accounts Receivable Funding In Canada ! Intrigued By Factoring Finance In Canada?





High Speed A/R Finance 101!


Are some types of accounts receivable funding and factoring financing better than others? We're often accused of ' pumping’, aka ' promoting' this type of Canadian business financing for firms of all types in Canada. Why is that?

Is receivable financing, on its own or blended in with another financing a ' holy grail ' of business finance? Not really, of course, but it’s an effective solution that's often very misunderstood when it comes to the mechanics of it and the cost. Let's explain.

When times get tough or challenging for small and medium sized firms in Canada business owners and their financial managers can be forgiven for doing everything up to an including panicking . A variety of situations can exist, sales slow down, or the opposite... major opportunities arise that cannot be taken advantage of. The recession that we supposedly are out of now certainly leveled the playing firm for a lot of firms, who saw their competitors in some cases even, disappear.

So, when you consider accounts receivable funding and financing as one of your alternatives what are in fact some of the considerations? In the case of A/R finance it’s a simple one, freeing up assets for working capital and cash flow.

It actually is very possible also for you to consider acquiring a competitor or synergistic opportunity via factoring, as the target firms receivables, and yours could in fact finance the acquisition. Naturally other assets and factors come into play, but it’s certainly possible.

Accounts receivable funding should be viewed as a source of funding that you have already been approved for - especially if you're having some of those challenges we have talked about.

Again, at the risk of ' pumping ‘ / promoting factoring as a business line of credit we maintain its one of the most flexible around . First of all, once your facility is set up you don't have to use it all the time, it’s up to you as to when you draw down and pay for those funds. Think of it as using it like a business credit card, using it when you need funds. You're simply making a borrowing decision that minimizes finance expense.

The amount of funding available is directly related to your sales and receivables. Those amounts of course change everyday as you sell and collect receivables.

As we said, your A/R finance option can be stand alone, or you can combine it with inventory and equipment assets that are all combined into one borrowing facility.

Our recommended solution is a confidential invoice finance solution, one that allows you to go against the grain of other offerings, putting you in a position to bill and collect your own A/R with notice to any clients, suppliers, etc. It's a solid solution when you don't have access to more traditional financing.

When it comes to costs many business owners will find that when they understand the true cost, i.e. the cost of carrying a/r already, as well as opportunity cost... well it simply might make tremendous sense to consider this unrestrictive financing when compared to other... or no.. Solutions.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor for solid advice on this Canadian finance solution.





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/types_of_accounts_receivable_funding_factoring.html



Sunday, March 25, 2012

Exploring Government SBL Loans In Canada . The Can and Can’t Of The Business Improvement Loan





Canadian government SBL Loans – The Limitations and Great Expectations


Information on government sbl loans in Canada. The business improvement loan can and can’t do’s!






Government SBL Business Loans in Canada. You can... No you Can’t. What we mean of course is that the program is limited in some respects so lets clarify for Canadian borrowers what they can and in fact can't do with the BIL program - its the acronym for the federal Business Improvement Loan' program .

For a starter it’s available to all business organizations. When starting business entrepreneurs have to choose an organization structure; that includes proprietorship, partnership, and corporation and or Limited Liability Company. The good news is there is no discrimination when it comes to the SBL loan, in fact all types of business organizations, as noted above, are in fact eligible to receive financing under the program

Probably the one miscellaneous point we can make under types of business organization is that is comes as a surprise to many that you don't have to be incorporated to be eligible for the SBL loan. Naturally if you are in business, and projecting to make profits, and own assets and enter into contracts it sure makes sense to incorporate; but that's a discussion for another day.

Most Canadian business owners and financial managers in fact feel that any form of debt is ' expensive ‘. Naturally, similar to our personal finances, there is ' good debt ' and ' bad debt '. Mortgages = good... Credit Cards... well you know.

As you grow or start a business, build a new facility, bring out a new product etc you require different levels of management. Naturally borrowing for financing requires a new level of management for your firm - your lending partner has just joined the team!

That's why when business in Canada entertains the idea of government sbl loans it’s fairly easy to understand the implications and benefits

Where things can go awry in the BIL business improvement loan process is very simply... the application process. We can't count the hours some clients had already spent in both their time, as well as loss of credibility in what should be a straightforward process- identifying what funding you need and why you need it!

The good part about government business loans, aka the ' SBL LOAN ' is simply that there is no confusion about looking for a lender. That’s because the government, as a major guarantor of your loan, has appointed certain Canadian financial instructions as the facilitators of the loan.

So what can and can't the SBL do for you or your firm, start up, or otherwise, (as long as your revenues are under 5 Million dollars.

What you ' can' do is finance real estate, start up a business, buy equipment, or buy an existing business under an asset purchase scenario.

What you ' cant ' do is borrow for working capital or refinance existing debt.

It's as simple as that, so consider speaking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on getting a fast track to government SBL loan 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/government_sbl_loans_canada_loan_improvement.html

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Recognize These Business Finance Problems and Financing Challenges?





Examining Cash Flow And Finance Challenges in Canadian Business


Information on financing challenges faced by Canadian business owners and managers. Spotting and Solving business finance problems





Business finance problems. Got the ability to spot financing challenges when it comes to the immediate and longer term issues that face your firm in the Canadian business environment? We have always felt that some positive proactive techniques and information can go a long way to your health... and that’s better business health we're talking about by the way!

It's easy for an outsider to revert to the textbooks on this one, and larger corporations have access to all sorts of advisory advice. The business owners and managers of small and medium sized corporations in Canada have the tools; they just need to know how to use them. Technically speaking, (and we promise to try and not do a lot of that,) its just understanding your financial and operating leverage.

In reality by using basic and time tested tools you're in effect creating an early warning system around business finance problems and financing challenges you are facing now or down the road. And the goal is pretty clear, don't you think - it’s about ensuring you can fulfill your financing and contract obligations while at the same time growing and profiting.

A lot of finance problems revolve around your favorite entity, your customer. It's therefore prudent at all times to understand the financial health of your customer. This can be accomplished in a number of ways - if you don’t think major corporations ask for their clients financial statements... well you're simply wrong. The small and medium sized corporation can utilize various tools to monitor customer financial health; even monitoring payment habits over time is a great tool, allowing you to spot deterioration.

It goes without saying you have to be open to realizing what some of your current financing challenges are - Thats often tough for the business owner to admit because most entrepreneurs we meet are optimistic, sometimes excessively so, which is of course a double edged sword.

Can you balance sheet actually predict failure? A lot of history tells us it can... and there's some pretty basic stuff here. Things like knowing the real value of your assets, not the book values when it comes to negotiating with Tier 1 or Tier 2 lenders. While cash and receivables are the two most liquid parts of your balance sheet even those receivables might misrepresent a true value in your firm if they are uncollectible, or uncollectible in a timely fashion.

While it may seem unappealing to spent to much time analyzing your financial health just some very basic ratios ( we’ve always called them relationships ) in 4 areas - liquidity, leverage, activity, and profit will give you a great total view of your firms current or upcoming challenges .

In Canada your firm has access to traditional financing via Canada's chartered banks, but those financing challenges that seem ' unfixable' can be address by a broad number of business finance solutions from non bank lenders - they include asset based lines of credit , government business loans, monetization of receivables and inventory separately or combined, supply chain finance, and tax credit monetization.

Bottom line ... invest some time in some analysis and basic tracking tools, and consider speaking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on solutions to business finance problems.






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_finance_problems_financing_challenges.html

Friday, March 23, 2012

Don’t Make These Mistakes In Financing Franchise Opportunities In Canada . A Franchising Loan Must Make Sense – Here’s Why.




Canadian franchise finance – the upside and downside issues!


Information on financing franchise opportunities IN Canada . What the franchisee needs to know about a franchising loan



Financing franchise opportunities in Canada. That brings to mind one of our favorite old expressions - ' tuition is very high in the school of experience'! That's why when we talk to clients about franchisee loan financing in Canada we're often cautioning against what can go wrong as much as what can go right . Makes good business sense, right?

There is no arguing of course that franchise finance in Canada is still booming, the general malaise in the economy notwithstanding. From our perspective we are even optimistic about the finance landscape out there when it comes to financing your franchise.

One thing we can say is that your options on financing your Canadian purchase of a new or resale franchise are hardly unlimited. In reality there are actually down to self financing, getting some sort of assistance from your franchisor ( doubtful in most cases ) and either utilizing the government CSBF program or the services of a specialty franchise finance firm . In some cases what we term as complimentary financing is available, that might come from an equipment and leasehold financier, or a true working capital loan from a regulated financial institution.

In many cases either some initial or ongoing financing for franchises is done via personal and corporate credit cards for your new busines. This clearly is a double edged sword, in that while it provides some capital for either assets or working capital needs but comes with the higher rates that we associate with credit card debt.

Additionally we always recommend that the franchisee make a strong effort to separate his business life from his or her personal life when it comes to finances. Almost everyone agrees that one of the prime drivers for incorporating your business is the reduction of personal liability - as all business is a risk. (Naturally some are more riskier than others as we have seen over the years!) On balance it would certainly be better to acquire a corporate card for your business as opposed to a personal card - just common sense, right?

Many new franchisee ' newbie’s' don’t often consider the concept of ROI when they enter into their franchise agreement. The reality is that whether its a franchise or any other business you can't afford not to wrestle down this concept, Its all about carefully analyzing how much you need to put it, what amount of sales and revenue you need to at a minimum break even, and finally, and certainly as important, what level of profit, including your salary of course will be a satisfactory return on your business.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in covering off the risk and reward of a franchise loan when you're assessing those Canadian franchise opportunities 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/financing_franchise_opportunities_canada_loan.html



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Here’s One Method To Increase Liquidity . A Canadian ABL Asset Based Finance Co Solution








A ‘ NEW ‘ Canadian Business Financing Solution ?


Information on how Canadian firms can achieve greater business liquidity via an asset based finance co ABL facility . Asset based lending … works!




Business liquidity. We were watching a U.S. bank TV commercial the other day and they were talking about ' accelerating cash flow '. Many but not all Canadian business owners and managers are aware that the Canadian banking system is dramatically different from the U.S. one. Hundreds of U.S. banks focus very directly on commercial lending to the point that it's actually the largest part of their portfolios - that’s hardly the case in Canada of course where there is a major focus by banks on savings, mortgages, investments, securities work, etc.

So the asset based finance co (company) in the U...S is a very large part of the commercial landscape. That's not the case in Canada; however that is slowly changing as thousands of firms investigate ' ABL ' facilities as their new alternative to accessing business liquidity and capital.

Let's take a look at how and why the asset based lending facility is a cash flow accelerator. For a starter, what are the reasons a firm would want to consider what we term a ' non bank' facility in Canada. The reasons are diverse - they include acquiring a firm, recapitalizing a firm, or simply monetizing their current and fixed asset base to accelerate cash. A true ABL financing doesnt necessarily bring any debt to your balance sheet - it a simple ‘monetizer ' of assets.

So when your firm considers such a solution it’s simply a case of understanding and of course sharing your current financial position, and focusing on how the specific use of funds will enhance cash flow.

What are some of the reasons a firm fails to recognize the need for a better business line of credit? They can be diverse, but they include not understanding some of the external pressures facing their company , operating on a belief that the old ways in business finance will always work, or even having undertaken a project or strategy that failed, thereby severely impacting your working capital and cash flow,

In order to understand the benefits, as well as implement a solution via an asset based finance co partner you need some basics under your business belt. They include knowing your days outstanding for both your A/R and payables. If you company has an inventory component, which is certainly the case in many manufacturing and wholesale firms in Canada the amount you are carrying , its turnover, and the amount requiring financing is key .

Why then does ‘more ' business liquidity come from ABL solutions. That’s the easy part to explain to a client, because it simply involves combining the total amounts of receivables, inventory, fixed assets, and real estate into one basic ' pot of assets ' that is monetized into a business line of credit.

Don't be surprised if your new ABL facility doubles your current borrowing power! That’s because it margins receivables at 90%, inventory anywhere from 30-70%, and then throws in additional borrowing power via a constant drawdown and revolving of funds based on equipment and real estate if n fact the latter is applicable.

Speed... and acceleration; that’s what the TV commercial for U.S. business banking was talking about .. and it’s available in Canada via an asset based finance ABL solution .Now you know!

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on this great method of increasing financing 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_liquidity_asset_based_finance_co_abl.html

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Black Hole Of Canadian Financing – Is Financing Cash Flow And Working Capital Your Corporate Finance Challenge?





Canadian business cash flow alternatives


Information on financing cash flow and working capital in Canada. The corporate finance challenge may not be what you think.





Is financing cash flow and working capital really the ' black hole ' of corporate finance and business financing in Canada? It sure seems that way. That ' black hole ‘... it’s a term used to denote a place of ' confinement ‘from which ' nothing can escape '. That clearly seems to be the feeling many clients we talk to have when they are faced with the challenges of business financing.

When those sorts of challenges exist in a business it becomes difficult to both survive, let along grow the business. Canadian business owners and financial managers realize that it's about time they understood some of those options.

A good start before exploring those solutions is to ensure you have your business financials in order and up to date, that’s critical. We're never surprised anymore at the number of businesses we see and meet that can't product proper and up to date balance sheets and income statements. This issue then becomes one of credibility, in essence current lenders, and future lenders can be forgiven for wondering ' what’s really wrong here?’ And all along the way you're missing opportunities to grow sales and increase profits.

We don’t want to overestimate the need for getting your business financials under control but that simple task allows you to hole employees and managers accountable, you can grow, while all the time removing the stress of not knowing where your firm is at from a viewpoint of financial strength.

Every business owner / manager would love to relieve the stress of daily cash flow financing firefighting - you're rather growing the business!

Let's move on to some of those working capital solutions, the corporate finance tools that allow you get back on track.

Part of that challenge revolves around assessing your where you are in the business continuum. You're either a start up, in the SME sector, or a mid sized Canadian business. (We’re pretty sure the largest corporations in Canada don't read out stuff!)

In the start up phase your cash flow often comes from personal assets, and suppliers can also supply much needed credit at this point in your business cycle. Many start up firms utilize receivable financing in Canada - it’s a pre-step to qualifying for a traditional bank line of credit and provides working capital as you generate sales. It appears to be more costly, but in reality the cost of this finance is grossly misunderstood by many.

If you are in the SME sector financing cash flow comes from working capital term loans, equipment finance, and finally the ability to qualify for a bank line of credit. The government business loan is a great way to acquire capital assets and minimize cash outflow.

Mid sized firms in Canada have access to various forms of commercial capital - those funds come from business credit unions, banks, insurance companies and unregulated non bank commercial lending concerns such as asset based lenders.

More esoteric, but very realizable methods of financing cash flow are supply chain financing and the monetization of tax credits, as well as securitization of current and future sales receivables.

We hope we've made our point - get those financials up to date and explore Canadian corporate cash flow alternatives, whether you are a start up or intent on taking your company to the next level.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on financing cash flow 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/financing_cash_flow_working_capital_corporate.html

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sales Generation At No Cost? Use Customer Financing Via Vendor Finance Leasing Programs For Revenue & Cash Flow Success





Yes Virginia – there is a great sales tool to increase sales and cash flow in Canada !


Information on how to offer customer financing , aka ‘ vendor finance ‘ leasing programs at no cost for great revenue gains!




Would a Customer Financing Program for your clients increase your sales at virtually no cost to your own firm? You might me surprised that many of your competitors are beating you at the sales game only because they have mastered utilizing the tool of vendor finance via leasing programs.

Let's examine how your firm can generate additional sales, and accelerate cash flow by using a time worn tool used by thousands of Canadian firms already.

The concept of a vendor finance program for many firms conjures up images of your firm all of a sudden losing its core competency and becoming something of a finance firm or specialist. That’s the farthest thing from the truth, if, and it’s a big if, you do it right.

The reality is that there are different; let us call them ' models ' in a customer finance program. Yes of course you could turn your firm into a mini bank and finance clients - only problem there is that you need huge amounts of capital which only large corporations have access to.

And additionally, when you finance a customer directly you create large revenue recognition challenges that you don’t need. Bottom line of course is that you are looking to generate revenue, not defer it!

If you create our recommended customer financing program at no cost your sales force becomes armed with an additional tool to their tool kit. One of those tools is price - in that for a small reduction in the cost of your product and service that amount can then be used to subsidize the financing cost to your client.

Clients are as much concerned about acquisition cost as they are about the quality and service of your firm. In effect cost and financing often becomes what we have termed over the years as an ' obstacle to innovation '.

If we haven’t made it clear by now our recommended strategy for a vendor financing customer financing program is simply to align yourselves with a partner that can facilitate your program, at, as we said, virtually no cost to you.

Under your direction a program can be implemented, under your firm’s name, and financed totally by the partner. Oh and by the way, that takes away all the credit and bad risk also, which is a huge gain.

Using a vendor program to the maximum allows you to get creative in a number of ways, you can offer deferred payment programs. Remarketing profits suddenly have the potential to appear, and you can even take ownership of the asset at the end of the customer’s lease or rental term, allowing you to generate an additional sale as well as control the aftermarket in your product.

Intrigued? You should be, as we said, as your competitor is probably doing this already in some form. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on setting up a customer financing program that meets your 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/customer_financing_vendor_finance_leasing_programs.html


Monday, March 19, 2012

Warning ! Not Using AR Finance Could Be Hazardous To Business Health . Receivable Financing Via Factor Funding in Canada





A Canadian A/R Finance Strategy



Information on ar (A/R) finance in Canada. How does receivable finance via factor funding work, what does it cost, and why it doesn’t cost what you think.



AR (A/R) Finance is one method that Canadian business owners use to ensure they have the optimum level of accounts receivable and cash flow.

It doesn't take long for Canadian business to realize that their receivables are in effect their funds that are sitting in someone else’s bank. And trust us that the large corporations figured that out a long time ago - they invest thousands and millions of dollars in credit and collection departments. We know, we've sat there!

So how in fact does a firm extend credit in Canada, while at the same time minimizing the effect on working capital on a daily basis?

One of the things you have to do in advance is to calculate your firms ' collection period. If you monitor this over time you will find that you have a strong sense

Once you truly understand this calculation you will be in a position to understand the effects of increasing sales, taking on larger clients or projects, and knowing at the same time what it will cost you in financing costs and yes, even bad debt, as not all clients pay as we have found!

Most busines owners, particularly those in the SME sector don't often feel they have the tools or knowledge or expertise to calculate these types of ' what if ' scenarios. If that’s the case a business advisor, accountant, etc can help you for minimal or no cost. It's all about putting the variables on the table and looking at them - they include things such as your projected increase in sales, your costs to deliver that product or service, the cost of financing expenses from your bank or financing company, and the cash flow that will come out of those increased sales .


How then cans Canadian business utilize receivable financing, also called ' factor funding' to ensure they are masters in their kingdom - you know the kingdom we're referring to, it's the one where cash is king!

AR Finance simply accelerates the flow of money in and out of Canadian business. In a perfect world you are accelerating ' cash in ' and slowing down ' cash out ‘, i.e. payables, etc.

The cost of factor funding, aka receivable finance is a very misunderstood topic in Canada. A good start might be for you to calculate how much it costs you now to carry receivables. Its actually only three data points in your business - you annual sales, your a/r , and the amount you are paying your bank or financing company to carry that bank line or commercial receivables line of credit.

Let’s use a larger firm as an example - say it has 20 Million in sales, and they collect their money in 65 days. Let's say they are borrowing at the bank at 5%. Their total financing costs are 20M X 5% divided by 365 days in the year Times 65 days which is their collection period. Their cost to carry A/R is then 178,000.00.

The cost to finance this a/r via factoring would be about 10k more a month , but the firm now has unlimited access to cash flow and working capital, is growing sales, and have maintained their ' cash is king ' status with strong cash on hand .

Is that good or bad, and how does it compare with factor costs. The key point here is that your DSO in effect becomes zero when it comes to receivable finance, as you generate cash immediately as you invoice. You then utilize that cash to generate more sales, turnover working capital faster, etc.

In Canada, as a general rule receivables are financed at a discount of 2% on a monthly basis. So you as a business owner have to take the time to re-do our calcs and determine your new cost of financing. You may be well surprised!

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on how factor funding and receivable financing works, what type of facility works best (its confidential A/R finance) and how your firm can qualify immediately.






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/ar_finance_receivable_financing_factor_funding.html

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stuck In Business Financing Traffic? Raising Sources of Funding For Loans In Canada





Business Finance Options For Canadian Business



Information on sources of business financing for Canadian companies . Raising capital for loans and funding monetization of assets requires solid homework by the business owners.




Sources of business financing in Canada. It's no wonder thousands of Canadian firms, pretty well every day; feel they are in an eternal traffic jam with no green light in sight. Let's examine some of the main funding options in Canadian finding for raising capital via loans and other instruments, predominantly monetization of assets.

Running out of funds is no picnic. It's of course the major reason that a company either declines or even disappears. They become another ' tombstone ' in Canadian business. Not generating profits, or cash flow over a period of time ultimately leads to business demise - again... no secret there!

So who are the saviors... in effect those sources of business financing in Canada ?They come from a wide spectrum , including by the way your suppliers, who can play a key role in your success as they extend credit to your firm on terms .

Other key sources are Canadian chartered banks, asset based lenders, (they are kind of the new kid on the block), factoring firms (aka ' receivable finance ') and equipment leasing companies.

Often many sports analogies lend themselves to business - we don't know why, they just do. So keeping those sources of business finances ' on side’ often becomes the goal of every owner and business manager. If your firm’s financial position weakens then you in effect are abandoned by the assistance you need most, often leading to a financial crisis of some sorts.

How businesses get into short term trouble is again seemingly quite obvious. Suppliers react to potential problems by holding shipments or shortening payment terms, even the ultimate short payment term - C.O.D.! Other creditors tend to pile on when word spreads, or credit reports indicate you firm is trending downward. In some cases it’s absolutely not the fault of management - the industry could be in a temporary decline.

Replacing financing is difficult in the best of times; it’s really difficult for a firm that has financial challenges

Many sources of business financing are not afraid to step up to the table if your firm is temporarily challenged - they include factoring firms, asset based lenders, or financiers of tax credits. Equipment lessors and commercial asset loan firms are equally up for generating new cash flow by engineering a sale leaseback of assets, of simply approving your firm for much needed new equipment.

Canadian business should never be afraid source new asset financing in troubled times - however they should expect that transactions will be structured, perhaps at higher rates, shorter terms, or the need for some additional external collateral.

Nirvana in Canadian business, when it comes to funding loans or raising working capital is often Canadian chartered bank financing. That's certainly the perception by many clients, as these types of facilities are quite inexpensive (even more so in today’s low rate environment) are somewhat flexible. The reality though is that most challenged, start up, or struggling businesses cannot expect to achieve that bank credit Nirvana in Canada that they dream about.

Whether your firm is new, struggling, pre-revenue, or facing a temporary financing challenge never forget that sources of capital do exist. As we have mentioned they included asset based lines of credit, tax credit financing, receivable finance, supply chain financing, and equipment leases and leaseback.

Get out of that traffic jam by speaking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on raising funding for your firm today.







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/sources_business_financing_raising_funding_loans.html

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Financing Tax Pigs . Your SRED ( SR&ED Tax Credits ) Tax Credit Claims Are Still 100% Financeable!




SRED Bridge Loans Still Make Sense And Here’s Why

Information on the financing of the sred tax credit in Canada. SR&ED claims for your tax credits are still 100% financeable – here is why and how!




Ouch! Make that a double ouch! Tax pigs? That was the assessment of one of Canada's leading economics and business professors when it came to Canadian firms who line up (we assume he meant at the trough?!?!) to get their fair share of what he called ' tax preferences' in Canada.

The thrust of the article, which appeared in one of the two leading business newspapers in Canada, was that Canada is losing billions, yes that’s billions with a capital B... to a long list of tax programs from which it derives little benefit.

Those programs include labour funds, the Atlantic tax credit , film tax credits, accelerated deprecation credits ( that’s a new one for us), flow through share credits, GST preferences, and finally SRED ( SR&ED ) tax credit claims .

We won't weigh in on the authors premise, which was pretty well to put these programs on the ' chopping block ‘in order to get government spending in line.

We thought that perhaps we should seek an honest politician for some clarity on the issue , but in the interest of time vis a vis the ' honest politician' oxymoron our point is simply that if certain government tax credit programs such as SRED and film exist , and you qualify and file for them .. Then you can finance them.

The financing of these credits brings valuable cash flow and working capital into the thousands of firms who do in fact qualify for the program.

Let's look at the SRED program. This is the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program which is a federal incentive. It's administered by both CRA and your respective province and has encouraged over the years thousands of Canadian companies to work on r&d. Private , ie non public firms can earn approximately up to 35% on the first 3 Million they spend on projects that qualify, and 20% on amount in excess.

Canadian business currently uses this SRED credit for claims on wages, material, equipment, and certain overhead allocations.

The question has therefore become, is all this SR&ED tax credit work legitimate, as almost 4 Billion per annum is spent annually in non refundable tax credits for Canadian firms. Over 24,000 firms have applied annually for the credits.

Upcoming federal budgets will soon tell the tale of where SRED is going in Canada.

The bottom line is that if you have a SRED (SR&ED) tax credit there is financing available on the credit. Your credit is monetized either at time of filing, or in some cases in an accrual financing plan as you spend. Claims typically are financed at 70% of SRED value, the other 30% is in essence a buffer.

TAX Credit financing can typically be completed in 14-21 days, with the essential collateral behind the financing of course being the SRED itself

Canadian firms who use the program can claim up tot the last two years of R&D, and the claims are typically prepared by professionals simply known as ' SRED CONSULTANTS.

So, is your firm a tax pig? Seems a bit harsh, and we're still looking for that honest politician find out where SRED tax credit is going in Canada. In the meantime, if you have a claim, and want to monetize it consider talking to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor for funding your claim.





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/sred_tax_credit_claims_financing_credit.html


Friday, March 16, 2012

Pulling The Trigger Successfully On New And Resale Franchise Financing Costs in Canada . Buying And Finance Tips







Financing Restaurants and Other Canadian Franchise Concepts – What You Need To Know



Information on franchise financing in Canada for new and resale franchises. How costs of franchise finance are financed.




Buying a new or resale franchise in Canada? Let's try and show you how you can in effect ' pull the trigger ' successfully on franchise financing those costs.

We read recently that a franchisee/ franchisor relationship is not unlike a marriage between you and the franchise firm that you have selected as your future partner for hopefully... a long time!

Although our focus is on financing it's safe to say that what we refer to as the ' soft issues ' of success in franchising are as exceptionally critical. Typical attributes of a successful franchisee are of course being sales or people oriented, driven to succeed, and are of course committed to working hard and growing their business. Sounds easy, probably isn’t we think!

When it comes to financing you need to be in a position to have thoroughly investigated the financial aspects of the business. That might have included the costs of buying an existing franchise. It might be a company or ' corporate ' store currently held by your franchisor, or simply another franchisee, just like you, who wants to sell their business. Do we even have to mention you probably want to thoroughly investigate why that franchisee is selling, as that decision might be critical to your success!

Various franchisee associations and industry associations exist in Canada, and if you have ever wondered about ' picking someone’s brain ' we'd say that time is now when it comes to exploring the information around the industry itself, its regulation, etc. We would also point out that much of the legislation in the industry seems to significantly favor the franchisee rights, which, if you're a franchisee is a good thing. If you're a franchisor... well... that’s a different story we guess!


Franchise financing costs vary in Canada. You can purchase a small service oriented franchise, or, as many do participate in the Canadian QSR, FSR and Full service restaurant industry. (Quick service, fast service, full service).

In Canada the majority of franchises are financed with a co - signer, in effect the government of Canada! We're hoping these days that they are good for it!!

That's because the government small business loan program, typically called the SBL / BIL or CSBF program finances thousands of franchises.

As we noted in our introduction you can successfully use the program to finance both a new or resale franchise. In the case of buying a resale franchise you want to ensure that you have full financial disclosure from the current owner. That would of course include proper financial statements which would allow you to determine a valuation or proper pricing. This is a great time to enlist the help of an experienced business financing advisor, a lawyer, accountant, banker, etc - simply speaking: Someone to help you make the right decision.

In the case of a resale franchise you need to have a proper valuation done on any hard assets in the business. This can easily be accomplished by using a proper appraiser that can give you a sense of the actual value of the assets you're buying.

In the case of purchasing a resale franchise your transaction must be completed as an asset sale, not a share sale, which is typically difficult to finance if the seller insists on a ' share sale ' of the franchise.

Proper equity from yourself, plus a solid business plan and cash flows, plus some miscellaneous related busines financing application info will allow you to successfully complete franchise financing in Canada. In certain cases, with certain franchisors, you might qualify for financing from a highly specialized franchise finance firm. General financial criteria remain the same when it comes to financing from a non-regulated commercial financing firm such as a leasing company, etc.

At the end of the day successfully ' pulling the trigger' on financing costs for your new business come down to homework by yourself, working with a solid advisor or advisors, and presenting a strong business plan highlighting your experience and business growth potential.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor if you are interested in pursuing financing for a new or resale franchise in the Canadian market.







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_new_costs_buying_resale.html


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Early Warning Signs You Need A Canadian ABL Asset Based Finance Facility Line Of Credit






A Canadian Business Line Of Credit To Meet Your Needs


Information on the ABL asset based financed facility . Why this business line of credit outperforms for Canadian business .





As a business owner or financial manager you want to be able to ensure that a business line of credit has the ability to assist your firm before, during and after serious financial challenges occur. That's where the ABL asset based finance facility comes in.

In a perfect world (we know it's not) you want to be able to detect financial challenges, understand why they happen, and then implement a solution to avoid them. Understanding the problem (or problems) allows you to make the difficult decisions to continue your business successfully.

So what kind of problems can in fact your business run into. From our experience some are obvious and others not so obvious. And more importantly is there one specific business strategy; in our case today the ABL asset based line of credit that can in fact help you execute the turnaround.

There are probably 5 major early warning signs that your firm might need an alternative financing solution.

So what are some of those early warning signals? They are as follows:

1. Too much short term debt

2. You're trapped in a vicious cash flow cycle

3. You've accumulated current assets that have little or no value (example: obsolete inventories, poor receivables)

4. Your investment in fixed assets has put a major strain on your liquidity

5. Your firm is trying to find itself as it struggles to makes sales projections without the proper assets and financing to back up that growth

So whether your company has purposely created some of these challenges or whether external market forces have the good news in fact is there is a solution, and the one we are recommending today is the ABL facility. It's a busines line of credit like no other.

The ABL business line of credit differs from a bank facility in that you have the ability to margin, at very solid levels your current and fixed assets, all in the form of a revolving business line of credit.

Typically the liquidity provided by this facility gives you access to much more cash flow and working capital, and at the same time isn't punishing your firm by forcing you to totally focus on meeting ratios, covenants, and even provide outside collateral.

That is to say the ABL revolver facility allows you to continue to operate, probably with much more liquidity in spit of your capital structure, your historical challenges or financial losses, etc.

In Canada ABL facilities are typically provided by non regulated commercial finance firms. The ultimate irony we've observed over the years is that the Canada's chartered banks themselves, recognizing limitations of traditional facilities, have themselves even ventured into this ' non- bank ' financing idea. Now that's business irony.

If you want a solid insight into some of the early warning signs that your current financing strategies arent working speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor about the possible solution to those upcoming or existing challenges.







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_assest_based_finance_facility_line_of_credit.html





Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2,450 Ways To Pinpoint Cash Flow Problems Via Working Capital Solutions In Canada




Do You Think You Understand Solutions To Canadian Cash Flow Problems – But Perhaps Don’t ?!


Information on how Canadian business can pinpoint cash flow problems and implement working capital solutions for greater cash flow success




Cash flow problems and working capital solutions to those challenges that are faced by Canadian business. Are we really saying there are 2,450 ways to pinpoint the problem? In a way yes. Let's explain.

Although cash flow challenges are more than ' intuitive ' in the real world (that’s where we ourselves work) Canadian business owners and financial managers often fear or just simply don't understand how to quantify those problems. The reality is that the actual problem can be quite clear if you go to your financial statements, preferably on an ongoing basis.

Let's assume you can identify 2 data points in your financials - the number of simple relationships you can look at with those 2 numbers is of course 2.
3 different numbers or data points in your business numbers would allow you to calculate 6 relationships, 10 for example would allow you to calculate 90 relationships. Finally, if you identified 50 numbers in your balance sheet, income statement, or cash flow statement you would, you guessed it, be able to formulate 2,450 calculations. It's of course a geometrical solution we have just laid out.

So, your next question is of course ' what the heck is your point?! )

It’s simple actually; the relationships we are talking about are in fact more commonly called ' ratios' by financial types. Naturally you don't have to calculate 2,450 ratios to in fact get some meaningful data from your financials; a small handful will do nicely!

Let's examine quick examples to show you how you can very quickly pinpoint cash flow problems in your firm. Let's take 3 data points, your sales and your working capital. The working capital calculation is current assets over current liabilities on your balance sheet. Isolate those three data points and do the calculation. The actual calculation is Sales / Working capital.

Congratulations, you have just completed your working capital turnover calculation! It measures how your company is in fact managing your cash flow, because as sales go up inventories, receivables and payables rise also. All of those have been captured in our final calculation! In effect you have just mastered a simple way to compute the very complex relationship within your firm on a daily basis as you sell and collect.

Important to note that the number in and of itself is not meaningful. When you track it over time, say monthly, it becomes VERY meaningful. And for the purposes of this ratio a lower number is a better number.

It's also important to note that each industry in Canada will have a different number as a result, ranging anywhere from 2 to even 18. Each industry is different.


We're not accountants but what we have hopefully demonstrated is that any business owner or manager can use any number of data points in their financial results to pinpoint cash flow problems and performance.

It's all about asset management; in our example it’s those current assets that pay bill and allow you to make loan payments. Your goal is to manage the ' cash on hand ' account in your business well enough to put you in constant survival mode - and it's a jungle out there!

In Canada various solutions exist for cash flow problems. They include receivable financing, bank lines of credit, asset based lines of credit, monetization of tax credits, and supply chain finance. Each of these works in a different way, but all provide you with working capital solutions.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you with score carding and solving your cash flow challenges.






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_problems_working_capital_solutions.html

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Evolution Of The Sale Leaseback Transaction In Canada . Get The Most From Your Lease Finance Company





Considered This Re- Financing Method?

Information on the Sale Leaseback transaction in Canada and how business owners and mangers can maximize the benefits of a lease finance company .




The sale leaseback transaction in Canada. It's back. Let's examine the resurgence of this unique financing transaction via a lease finance company or other financial firm.

Canadian business owners and financial managers, as owners of certain asset classes, have the ability to enter into a sale lease back scenario. It couldn't be more basic - you sell the asset to a buyer, typical a finance firm and that firm immediately becomes the lender or lessor of your transaction. And that asset is of course still there!

The two key elements that are happening should be quite clear - you have received cash flow and working capital for your firm on an asset that was unencumbered, and at the same time you are still ( hopefully !) using the asset to generate profit and operational capabilities for your firm .

In essence you're getting capital and cash flow from an asset that was otherwise non-performing. It's important to point out that your balance sheet still stays intact from a viewpoint of leverage, and in certain cases can actually improve.

It should go without saying that the financing can be a combination of one asset, or even different asset classes. For instance you could do a sale leaseback on your premises and the equipment if you are a manufacturing firm in Canada.

We referenced earlier the ' evolution' of the sale leaseback. In recent years a lease finance company was somewhat more reluctant to enter into such a transaction; if we could be blunt and straightforward (that’s our style!) transactions of this type were viewed as a ' cash grab' by firms who had some significant challenges. Bottom line it wasn't readily apparent the transaction made sense... for the lease finance company or other lender!

We like to view the transaction as simply one additional tool kit in the business owner’s pouch of financing or re-financing alternatives. If your firm is expanding, or is in a position of having to repay or arrange some other business debt then the transaction might make significant sense. Other times the new capital simply can make your business either grow or be more efficient.

Another way of looking at it is from the viewpoint of your core competencies - do you in effect necessarily want or need to be an owner of certain assets. just for the sake of ownership.

Naturally it's critical to determine the amount of capital you can extract from such a transaction. Business owners should ensure, either on their own or through an advisor, that they have a solid understanding of the current market value of the asset. However, if truth were to be told (again, that’s our style!) You will probably be required to get an appraisal done at your own cost at the request of the lease finance company or other lender.

Appraisals themselves have many nuances, and this is simply one more solid reason to ensure you have some solid advice in this area. Lenders or lessors focus on the liquidation value of the asset in a ' worst case' scenario. Business owners tend to view the asset in terms of its value today and in the business in the future. There is often a large difference between those two points of view!

The sale leaseback can also often enhance your operating ratios such as debt to equity, etc You definitely want to be in a position to understand the effect of the transaction from an accounting viewpoint, as well as ensuring you have the permission from any other ' secured lender' to complete the transaction properly .

When working capital, cash flow, growth, or balance sheet issues force you to consider alternative methods of raising capital don't forget those ' treasures in the barn ' - i.e. the assets you have in your firm that you own already.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on how the sale lease back transaction has evolved into a solid business financing tool your firm can use today.







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/lease_finance_company_sale_leaseback.html