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.



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Best Purchase Order Finance Company Solutions ? We Have Them !











How Does Purchase Order Financing Work ? Your Competitors Know !







It's time. We're talking about purchase order finance in Canada, how P O finance works, and how financing inventory and contracts under those purchase orders really works in Canada. And yes, as we said, its time... to get creative with your financing challenges, and we'll demonstrate how.


And as a starter, being second never really counts, so Canadian business needs to be aware that your competitors are utilizing creative financing and inventory options for the growth and sales and profits, so why shouldn’t your firm?

Canadian business owners and financial managers know that you can have all the grown and new orders and contracts in the world, but if you can’t finance them properly then you're generally fighting a losing battle to your competitors.

The reason purchase order financing is rising in popularity generally stems from the fact that traditional financing via Canadian banks for inventory and purchase orders is exceptionally, in our opinion, difficult to finance. Where the banks say no is where purchase order financing begins!

It's important for us to clarify to clients that P O finance is a general concept that might in fact include the financing of the order or contract, the inventory that might be required to fulfill the contract, and the receivable that is generated out of that sale. So it’s clearly an all encompassing strategy.

The additional beauty of P O finance is simply that it gets creative, unlike many traditional types of financing that are routine and formulaic.

It’s all about sitting down with your P O financing partner and discussing how unique your particular needs are. Typically when we sit down with clients this type of financing revolves around the requirements of the supplier, as well as your firm’s customer, and how both of these requirements can be met with timelines and financial guidelines that make sense for all parties.

The key elements of a successful P O finance transaction are a solid non cancellable order, a qualified customer from a credit worth perspective, and specific identification around who pays who and when . It's as simple as that.

So how does all this work, asks our clients .Lets keep it simple so we can clearly demonstrate the power of this type of financing. Your firm receives an order. The P O financing firm pays your supplier via a cash or letter of credit - with your firm then receiving the goods and fulfilling the order and contract. The P O finance firm takes title to the rights in the purchase order, the inventory they have purchased on your behalf, and the receivable that is generated out of the sale. It's as simple as that.



When you customer pays per the terms of your contract with them the transaction is closed and the purchase order finance firm is paid in full, less their financing charge which is typically in the 2.5-3% per month range in Canada .

In certain cases financing inventory can be arranged purely on a separate basis, but as we have noted, the total sale cycle often relies on the order, the inventory and the receivable being collateralized to make this financing work.

Speak to a credible, trusted and experienced Canadian business financing advisor with a track record of business finance success as to how this type of financing can benefit your firm.





7 Park Avenue Financial :

South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Direct Line = 416 319 5769


Email = sprokop@7parkavenuefinancial.com

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

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 .


' Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience '


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.



Sunday, December 8, 2019

Best Way To Finance A Franchise ? We've Got Them !













How To Finance A Franchise






Franchise Financing Options ! You're there. You have made the decision. You're committed. You have timelines now. We're talking about your franchise finance decision and the next challenge you have in the franchise process - financing a franchise. How many ways to finance a franchise are there? Only one... the right way! And we'll show you how.

Steps to a Successful Best Way To Finance A Franchise


The ability to finance your franchise properly and satisfy the requirements of the franchisor without putting you overly in debt is what it’s all about of course. And if you do it right then you of course have the potential to grow a business, profit from it, and build owner equity for either long term resale of personal financial gain. That's simply what it's all about, and boy does it help if you like what you are doing, at the same time taking on the entrepreneurship role in Canadian business.

The good news is that your are lucky, because franchising couldn’t be any hotter or more popular. Franchises move goods and services in the billions in Canada, and you're now part of that movement.

But let’s be realistic, whether it’s a franchise investment of any other business start up the same critical needs apply relative to planning and financing.

Homework. Did you hate it in school? Well here it is again because we strongly suggest to clients that you are now in homework mode when determining how financing a franchise works. It’s all about planning, which includes ensuring you have a profitable potential business on your hands, as well as understanding ways to finance a franchise in Canada.

Business plans are critical to your franchise investment. It's a case of demonstrating your business has both profit potential plus, and this is what interests the lender, that you have the ability to repay your debt and loans. The franchisor naturally is interested in long term success of the chain, and your ability to pay royalties as they become due, usually monthly.

When you address the franchise finance decision you must consider a number of items - they are as follows - what is the total all in cost, what methods are available to finance each part of the cost breakdown, and finally, and perhaps most importantly, how is the actual financing done.

The costs to assess in a franchise finance investment are as follows - the initial franchise fee, the cost of fixed assets or leaseholds to your business - i.e. equipment, signage, vehicles if required, etc. And finally, if you did all that and didn’t address working capital for ongoing operations and growth then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Clients are always looking to us for a magic solution and a one stop finance strategy for their franchise investment. The closest we can come to that is the government BIL/CSBF loan, under which the majority of franchises are financing in Canada. You can successfully augment this strategy by equipment financing for a variety of assets as well as a small working capital loan, usually unsecured. Don't forget also that your own owner equity investment becomes the final piece of the puzzle.

Other ways to finance a franchise include term loans, equipment financing, etc. Bottom line is that the entrepreneur has options . Franchise financing lenders exist, you just have to know how to access them .

And getting back to our business plan, ensure that you have covered off all the debt you need and that if reflects your ability to pay it back.

Financing a franchise. Challenging? Yes, we guess so. Possible? Of course. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor with franchise experience and a track record of business financing success who will help you navigate, successfully, the only way to finance your new business - the right way!





7 Park Avenue Financial :

South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Direct Line = 416 319 5769


Email = sprokop@7parkavenuefinancial.com




Click Here For 7 PARK AVENUE FINANCIAL website !



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 .


' Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience '


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.









Thursday, December 5, 2019

Business Acquisition Loan Success Factors













Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask About Business Acquisition Financing






Business acquisition financing in Canada. When you are looking for funder for a merger or if you're acquiring a firm remember something we heard the other day - ' Genius is often just pointing out the obvious truth that no one else sees'.


So when we recently talked about some critical aspects you  should not overlook with this type of financing challenge we remembered ... ' Wait ... there's more!”


It's critical in such an exercise to ensure you understand that both yourself and the other firm have somewhat separate agenda's. No question on that one! Simply speaking, it’s important to step outside those agendas, look inside, and ensure you have the right evidence on assets, cash flow, and valuation.


Experts in the field say that trends now show that while there seems to be a lot of businesses available for purchasing and financing many deals simply fade into oblivion. A lot of reasons might exist for that fact- one of them might simply be poor objectives, inadequate financing knowledge. As an acquirer it’s important not to underestimate your capacity to value and finance a deal, as tough as it might seem to admit that.


Many purchasers and sellers have a huge challenge in assessing the issues of existing and future debt in your deal. The amount of debt that is in fact existing, or planned does not necessarily make or break a deal, most experts seem to say that it’s all about two things - hard assets, and cash flows. And by the ways that’s future cash flows that you can reasonably predict!


Remember also that unless you're purchasing a public entity, which certainly doesn't happen a lot in the SME sector the liquidity issue around all those assets and intangibles doesn't really exist. So your challenge is, yes, to understand the value of assets and cash flows, but don’t forget those items such as intangibles! Perceptions of clients and lenders for smaller firms are equally as important.


There are of course some real basic methods to value your acquisition or merger and assess the financing needs. Businesses in the SME sector will typically be valued at a multiple of current cash flows. The time period in which you will be able to retire and pay back debt is also important.


Oh, by the way, don’t forget those skeletons in the closet! They might include existing financing and credit problems with banks and other lenders, bad publicity, upcoming industry issues, potential loss of major accounts, and overvalued assets.


You do have the financing tools available, to make the ' right ' acquisition. They include-



Government business loan - The ‘SBL’

Asset Based Lending

Bridge Loans

Cash Flow loans

Bank term loans



Hopefully we have pointed out some of those ' obvious ' truths that will make you acquisition and financing more successful. Seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor with a track record of business finance success who can assist you with your business acquisition financing and funding needs.






7 Park Avenue Financial :

South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Direct Line = 416 319 5769


Email = sprokop@7parkavenuefinancial.com

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com


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 .


' Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience '


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Financing A Business Purchase In Canada . A Buyout Financing Loan .. Done Right !













Management Buyouts & Latest News for December 2019 You Need to Know on Business Loan To Buy A Business










Financing a business purchase in Canada requires both a strategy doesn't have to be as hard as you think if you have the right information. What sometimes makes buyout financing or a loan strategy complicated is the good news; there are a variety of options available that make sense to you the purchaser, and the owner.



Business people and mangers looking to orchestrate a management buy out or business acquisition wants one thing: A solid simple strategy for both valuation and financing! The goal should be quite clear: agreeing on price and value, and then rising the right mix of debt finance and owner equity capital that suits the asset and capital base of the business going forward.



Of course valuing the business is often the first and largest challenge. That is complicated by the size of the firm, whether it’s a service or an asset / product based business, and whether the firm is a going concern, or heaven forbid, in dire straits.



What should be a good starting point in valuation - no surprise to us, its one of our favorite terms - ' CASH FLOW '! That means taking a look at what cash flow has been, and what it could be. That requires a solid handle on revenues and a proper forecast for those sales.



Asset valuation is a good step # 2. That naturally involves some method of appraisal of asset types such as equipment, real estate if there is any attached to the sale , vehicles, and those all important ' current assets ' , Receivables and Inventory .



We often find ourselves in the middle of a valuation issue when assisting clients with a business purchase - suffice to say there is an occasionally a huge difference in value as placed by the owner or the purchaser. We're often reminded of the old saying that best deal is often when both the purchaser and the seller both feel they didn’t get the best deal!



Taking a good hard look at how the seller presents financial statements is key to financing a business purchase successfully. Here's where the majority of clients we speak to need some good experienced assistance. Areas of focus are:



Collectability of receivables

Revenue recognition policy on sales, contracts etc

Lease obligations - (premises/equipment)

Fixed asset list value

One time losses i.e. why/what happened

Owner/management compensation



With reference to the last point, ' COMPENSATION' we see numerous cases where a hard look at current compensation can save thousands of dollars to the new owner/manager. And that includes the strategy of taking the previous owners kids and family members off the payroll!



If we had to summarize an all inclusive strategy in looking at the business financials we would say it involves simply a solid hard look at:



Debt

Liquidity

Profits

Assets




Easier said than done though, right? But a lot easier with some experienced assistance for an advisor, etc.

Useful Tools For Acquisition Financing


When it comes to actually financing the purchase this can be through bank term loans, asset based lending deals, unsecured cash flow loans, and even for smaller business purchases (under 350k) the Govt SBL loan.



Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor on assistance for financing a business purchase and a buyout financing loan / finance strategy... that works!







7 Park Avenue Financial :

South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Direct Line = 416 319 5769


Email = sprokop@7parkavenuefinancial.com

http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com

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 .


' Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience '


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.