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.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Canadian Accounts Receivable Finance ! Avoid The ‘ Fat Smoker ‘ Crisis Via Confidential Invoice Factoring
Invoice Discounting Fixes Future Cash Flow Challenges – Today!
Information on accounts receivable finance strategies in Canada . Let confidential invoice factoring take you out of crisis mode in cash flow and working capital management.
We’re the first to admit we’re always on the lookout for a solid business analogy. Enter the ‘fat smoker’ crisis as it relates to accounts receivable finance and confidential invoice factoring in Canada.
A U.S. publication entitled ‘Strategy & The Fat Smoker ‘ talks about how either in our personal or business lives we wait until we are in crisis mode before taking action. So why do business people, especially business owners or those in charge of finances wait until that critical time when it comes to addressing cash flow challenges. Can we address the problems of an overweight smoker immediately ? Rarely .
We know we will never really know why, but we can offer some solid pre – emptive strategies around monetizing your A/R into real world cash flow, the moment you generate that sale and invoice.
It’s the build up of accounts receivable and inventories which in fact cause that crisis – it might come from strong sales growth - not the worst problem in the world to have in business , right ?However when a cash flow crisis comes from a slow down in sales, that’s often a different story .
The very quick way to address the build up of A/R as it relates to accounts receivable finance is to do a very simple calculation, that being your days sales outstanding. Let’s use a quick example, and in our example we’ll focus on a quarterly number. (You can use any timeframe you wish). So we’ll take our accounts receivable level in total dollars at the end of a quarter and we’ll multiply that by 90 days, and then we will divide that number by your sales for those 90 days. Voila! You now have your DSO or days sales outstanding.
Now what? You have to benchmark that number on your selling terms, and also measure it against your days payable to suppliers and other lenders. Simply speaking if your terms to clients are 30 days, but your DSO is 88 days, and your terms with suppliers are 30 days… well… we think you see the problem!
Many Canadian business owners and financial managers see the problem, however many in fact combine the challenge of making money and having money. Again, simply speaking, sales don’t pay your suppliers, cash does!
So, if curing the ‘ fat smoker’, or in our cash our cash flow problem is the challenge, how can that be done? Invoice factoring, or its better cousin, confidential accounts receivable finance is in many cases the solution. It is a solid cure for the financial side of your cash flow and financing challenges.
Many clients we meet are forced into A/R financing – either via losing their bank lender or being unable to meet criteria for any other ‘ traditional financing ‘.
Invoice financing monetizes your A/R into instant cash flow. That heavy investment of A/R on the left hand side of your balance sheet now shows ‘ cash on hand ‘. When you qualify for confidential invoice factoring you have raised the success bar even higher, you are in a position to bill, and collect your own invoices outside the regular process of invoice factoring.
Be proactive, don’t be thrown into the fixing the ‘ fat smoker’ crisis of cash flow shortages on an emergency basis . It’s tough ! Understand your DSO and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on ways to monetize what is quite often the largest asset on your balance sheet.
Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –
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.
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