Can You Finance A Franchise ? Yes You Can !
Canadian franchise financing - When Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs ask us what their financing options are for a Canadian franchise we indicate to them that the options certainly aren’t unlimited, but a number of standard and also creative options do exist.
Naturally all of these options are supplemented by your own savings or investment, what the finance world typically calls ‘owners equity ‘. In the current somewhat difficult challenging environment we have observed that there is upward pressure on the amount of owner equity you need to put into the business yourself.
How to Get A Business Loan For A Franchise with Franchise Financing Lenders
Most franchises in Canada are typically financed via loans, or debt – Canadian franchising does not really lend itself to a venture capital type environment. So where do those loans or debt come from – typically it is from traditional sources such as banks, and our firm has found success in effect cobbling together a couple of different financing sources to ‘ get the job done ‘.
When entrepreneurs come to us for franchise financing them is either looking for one of three scenarios – they are:
Looking to renovate their franchise location
They are wishing to purchase a brand new franchise
They have entered into a purchase agreement to purchase an existing franchise
Each of the above scenarios is worth mentioning with respect to a couple key points and observations:
Renovating an existing franchise via leasehold improvements or new equipment is probably the easiest financing scenario – as we have a real business already on our hands that is hopefully doing well, making some money, and looking to grow / expand
New franchises are probably where most of the financing challenge is as the entrepreneur and his trusted business financing advisor have to sell the lender(s) on the nature of the franchise, the probability of success, the industry business model, etc
Existing franchises are fairly easy to finance as again we have a business with sales, assets, and profits already in place. Some owners we work with target franchises that are existing that might not be doing well, they negotiate a fairly reasonable price, and have the determination that they can ‘turn the franchise around. Sometimes that is not necessarily as easy as it sounds.
One of the most popular methods of financing franchises in Canada is the Govt of Canada guaranteed small business loan . A large majority of franchises are financed in this manner .
Highlights of the Program include :
Eligibility for any franchise with under 5 M or less from an actual or projected point of view.
Loans up to 1 Million $ are available, with a large portion of the loan guaranteed by the government . An appropriate business plan and other key documents supporting the is required to commence the loan process. 7 Park Avenue Financial prepares proper business plans for our clients in the franchise segment.
Loans are used to either purchase the building/land , new equipment, as well as leasehold financing improvements.business.
Repayment terms and rates are very attractive and similar to traditional financing that is available to non franchise businesses.
We can’t over emphasize the fact that the ‘financing’ aspect of the business purchase should be entered into very early on in your whole process. Typically you have selected a franchise, or are entertaining a couple different options. In the last couple years we have been made aware of specialized firms that match your own business traits and style with the type of franchise that would most suit you. Not everyone is cut out to sell donuts and pizza, and we find some owners simply look at the appeal of potential revenues and profits, and not into the issue of ‘does this franchise suit my overall business style, work ethic and skills.
‘Skills ‘– Let’s focus on that for a moment. In our experience owners stand a significantly more better chance of success when they have some industry experience – We are not saying you ‘can’t be successful with no industry experience, but certainly those chances improve, and we hasten to add that issue is one criteria of any lender – i.e. does this business owner have the skills to run this business on a daily basis and grow and profit.
In summary, finalize your franchise purchase and start early on in your process to determine a financing strategy that works and will compliment your skills and investment. Rely on the services of a trusted , credible and experienced Canadian business franchise advisor with a track record of business finance success who will work with you through the entire financing process.
South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
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.