Is There A Better Way to Access All The Working Capital You Need ? We've Got One !
Operating lines of credit, or Asset based lines of credit , via ' non-bank' lenders, are fast becoming one of the most flexible and popular methods for small, medium, and large customers to finance their operations
. Asset based lending is getting increasing popular with Canadian firms. Terms are more accommodating, and are usually ' non covenant' based . Unpredictable cash flows and seasonality are often other reasons why an asset based line of credit has substantial appeal to business owners and CFO's. These operating loans are totally focused on the assets of the business , most predominately receivables and inventory .
The total focus of the facility is the ' Current asset ' portion of your balance sheet, ie receivables, inventory. In certain cases equipment, real estate, and intangibles can be financed . Credit line facilities are set up based on your borrowing requirements relative to your receivable and inventory assets . Generally receivables under 90 days are financed, as those > 90 days infer uncollectability . Although some focus is placed on over all viability and secondary sources of repayment overall the focus is on the business assets . Rates vary based on size of facility, overall asset quality, and the lender pricing model.
This type of financing provides the firm with significantly more liquidity as the Canadian chartered banks usually lend only 50-75% on current asset categories such as receivables and inventory .
More and more Canadian businesses in the small and medium sized enterprise space are finding it difficult to achieve the operating lines of credit they need from our traditional lenders such as the Canadian chartered banks. These firms are turning to asset based lenders . In our experience many companies are not even aware that such a financing option exists .
Asset based lending places less emphasis on proven track records and financial strength , instead focusing on key business assets such as accounts receivable, inventory, and in some cases equipment and real estate .
True asset based lending should not be confused with ' factoring '. In a factoring environment the company in effect sells their receivables to another firm at a discount . Asset based lending allows the company to bill and collect its own receivables . The loan is paid down and reduced , in a fluctuating manner , as the company collects its invoices .
This type of financing can in effect become a strong lifeline in the current liquidity and credit crisis . Banks traditionally margin receivables in a more conservative manner , and further significant reliance is placed on the customers over all financial health with respect to the current balance sheet and income statements .
The one negative aspect of this type of lending is that it comes with a higher cost . The lender usually has a higher cost of capital and is looking for a significantly higher return than a traditional chartered bank .
In most cases more reporting by the company is often required . That is to say they are more often submitting updated reports related to current receivable and inventory levels . Overall a more rigorous due diligence is in place .
The current asset based lending market in Canada is still quite small , but the industry is clearly growing .
In summary, small and mediums sized businesses should check out asset based lending as an alternative to traditional bank financing . Due to the complexity and relative lack of knowledge around this industry the firm should work with a trusted business financing advisor . Asset based lending can provide unlimited liquidity to firms who are growing - because it focuses on the assets, not the balance sheet and income statement !
Business owners and managers should seek qualified assistance in locating an asset based lender that suits their industry and overall financing requirements re loan size, etc . A study done by the CIBC several years ago indicated that business owners who sought out trusted financing advisors had revenues 76% above those who did not seek a business financing specialist or trusted advisor . Traditionally these types of loans or operating facilities are for firms with under 50 employees .
Asset based lending in Canada is a classic case of a source of capital at the right time, given the current turmoil in the financial and credit markets . Many special situations can be addressed by a constructive asset based line of credit - these include buyouts, cross border projects, and debt restructuring . Many firms that are even in bankruptcy or receivership can avail themselves of a true asset based lending agreement .
Although it is often a more expensive type of financing the case can be made that the asset based financing is much cheaper than the firm issuing additional equity and diluting ownership . Key benefits are improved cash flow, stronger reporting capabilities and the maximization of receivables and inventory financing .
7 Park Avenue Financial :
South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Click Here For 7 PARK AVENUE FINANCIAL website !
7 Park Avenue Financial provides value added financing consultation for small and medium sized businesses in the area of cash flow , working capital , and debt financing .
Business financing for Canadian Firms , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing , Equipment Leasing , franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance . Founded 2004 - Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations .
Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.
Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.