Asset Financing – Does Your Firm Have What It Takes For An ABL Facility With An Asset Based Lender?

You’re on the hunt, and the prey is business financing under an asset financing scenario you have heard so much about. Let’s examine what an ABL facility is, who is the asset based lender that offers this financing, and, oh yes, do you qualify?

To say that business credit financing is top of mind these days with Canadian business owners and financial managers is clearly an understatement. With the economic clouds clearing on the horizon after the 2008-2009 business credit meltdown business owners are looking for growth financing.

And the reality is that the type of operating facilities that you are looking for are getting tougher to secure from Canada’s major chartered banks. We are of course referring in general to firms that have some sort of challenge, because medium sized and large Canadian firms with great balance sheets, profits, and solid cash flows can access great credit terms from the banks.

Unfortunately that isn’t the client profile we’re talking to everyday – as owners we meet have challenges such as inability to secure the operating cash they need, the requirement to acquire additional assets, or even a full acquisition of a competitor. And that economic turbulence we mentioned earlier usually means that many firms are coming out of a turnaround type environment and are slowly getting their financials back in order. Therefore the ability to secure an ABL facility (abl = asset based lending) for inventory and receivables becomes the goal in asset financing.

So what is the real difference in asset financing under and abl facility compared to a bank line of credit, commonly called a ‘ revolver ‘ in business finance. The best way we explain it to clients is that the bank focus is on cash flow, the asset based lender focuses on assets. Big difference!

So, does your firm qualify for abl financing? In general, as we stated, any firm with assets of receivables, inventory, equipment and real estate qualifies. Where the challenge comes in is deterring the overall quality of those assets as well as the size of the facility. An ABL facility is generally available for any firm with over 250k in a combination of receivables, inventory, and equipment. In certain cases even tax credit receivables can be financed.

Where you as a business owner have to focus is the choice of a partner in this type of financing. If your facility requirements are in the millions of dollars and you have high quality business assets (i.e. collectible receivables, inventory that turns) you can access significantly more credit than under a normal bank facility – at rates commensurate with bank financing.

Small firms pay a premium for this type of facility, but when you consider you can access almost all the business credit you need under such a line of credit, coupled with the ability to grow profits and revenues and take on additional orders… well, we’ll let you decide if that’s worth a premium.

If you want to comfortably walk the business financing minefield in ABL and feel you aren’t 100% conversant with the players, requirements, and pricing then consider seeking a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor in this area.

P.S. If you found your access to business credit has just doubled, don’t say we didn’t tell you!

Need Equipment Loan and Lease Financing? Re-Program Your Leasing Finance Strategy Today!

Sometimes you just need to re-program things to make them work better – that’s what we’re also suggesting when you review your lease finance and equipment loan financing strategies for your company.

Let’s examine how you can maximize your leasing strategy to attain maximum benefits and minimum hassle! That’s clearly a win win strategy.

Focus clearly on eliminating what we can only call the ‘hassles’ of dealing with other types of financing, It’s all about ‘ time’ and your ‘ business bandwidth ‘ today when you are visiting a new asset acquisition. Without a doubt we can state that leasing equipment is by far the quickest method of obtaining an approval, satisfying both your vendors need as well as your own time constraints.

With only a very basic financial calculator you can quickly review all your lease finance options – the favorite question of almost all clients is: ‘What will my monthly payment be?’ It’s about time for you to answer that question yourself, and make sure that your cash flow and working capital remain intact on the equipment loan financing you are contemplating. How? Just remember that the only elements to any lease are: term, rate, amount financed, payment, and end of term option. If you know any 4 of those you can always solve for the final item, which in our case is payment. You should assume an interest rate that is consistent with your firms overall credit quality.

Business owners and financial managers should view their lease finance acquisitions in the context of your overall financial strategy. You might need to ‘re-program’ your thinking on buying and paying for assets outright. Doesn’t it make more sense to keep your cash and line of credit reserves intact, and match the useful economic life of the asset you are acquiring to a predicable cash outlay?

A quick way to ‘re-program’ your leasing needs is simply to always use the same business template for each asset you are acquiring. They key aspects of that decision template, if we can call it that are: cash flow budgeting re the monthly lease payment, reviewing the asset in the context of not having to draw on your business operating line of credit, determining how long you will use the equipment for (thereby matching term and payment) and finally, factoring in balance sheet and tax advantages into your asset acquisition decision.

What’s the biggest ‘re-programming’ issue with most firms. It’s simply their mild obsession with rate. Yes a rate has to be competitive, but view the lease financing rate in the context of the current interest rate environment, the challenge of getting traditional bank financing, and the fact that in the current 2011 environment rates are probably going up and not down. The real reality is that you determine your own rates in your new leasing re-programming strategy! That’s because the largest factor in determining rates for equipment financing is the manner in which you properly present your overall credit quality and financial health.

In summary, equipment loan financing, aka ‘leasing’ has been around for over a hundred years in North America. Take a hard look at why you finance your assets, reprogram your strategies around benefits and ‘how to,’ and acquire your assets with the knowledge you have made the best financial decision for your firm. Need help? Given a choice we’ll take an expert over a rookie any day! Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who will work on your ‘ re-programming strategy with you!

Confidential Cash Flow Factoring – Turn Accounts Receivable Into Your Best AR Finance Strategy

We are going to demonstrate how a little known, and in our opinion almost a secret strategy can called confidential cash flow factoring can turn your accounts receivable into a virtual cash flow machine, turning past AR finance obstacles into cash flow solutions!

Search engine analysis will show you that thousands of Canadian businesses search everyday for what they hopefully believe will be valuable information around the most popular method of business financing today. Those businesses, of all types and sizes by the way (even the largest corporations in Canada) want to know why cash flow factoring offers unlimited unlocking of cash flow based on your sales and receivables.

Initial explanations and overviews to clients sometimes become bogged down in key issues such as the cost of this method of AR finance, and, equally important, is the unwillingness of some clients to accept how invoice discounting (that’s another name for this type of financing) works.

Canadian business owners and financial managers want to like a good thing, at the same time they want to know how it works and how they avoid any pitfalls. Lets discuss the ‘ how it works ‘ portion first and then share with you the method we believe eliminates the major pitfall perceptions viewed by many firms considering this type of financing.

We’ll focus on small and mediums sized business – the larger corporations have access to all sorts of financing and external finance strategies – while the small and medium sized businesses in Canada tend to rely on their own cash flow to fund their ongoing growth and working capital. In fact many firms realize they have potential to grow sales and profits, but cant because of that lack of working capital.

Back to the ‘how it works’! Cash flow factoring of accounts receivable is the ongoing sale, in whole or in part of your sales invoices as you generate them and deliver products and services to your customer. The invoices are purchased at 1- 3% discount from yourself, and you receive cash, 99% of the time the same day, for those sales. So, in effect all your sales now fuel that cash flow machine you have turned your company into.

So far, so good, right? Where complications arise, especially in Canada, is the fact that this type of financing requires your client to be notified of the process, directly, or indirectly, and payments are required to be forwarded to your factoring finance firm. Canadian business, in our eyes, has a reluctance to involve their customers in their internal financing policies, and challenges. As a result, many firms are skeptical of entering into AR finance of this manner.

Is there a solution? We told you there was – it’s a breakthrough called confidential invoice discounting. This type of financing comes at the same cost, allows you to bill and collect your own receivables, and gains all the benefits of that cash flow factoring machine we turned your company into.

Speak to a trusted, credible, and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can put you into a proper AR finance facility, allowing you to reap the benefits of cash flow invoice financing, while at the same time allowing competitors, customers, and vendors to remain exactly where you want them to be, outside your financing strategies and challenges! Let’s let your competitors try and figure our how you’re doing so well in both growth and profits.

Not Getting All The Lease Equipment Financing For Business You Need? Financing Loans Made Simple!

Rumour has it you aren’t getting your share of the amount of equipment business t financing enjoyed by your competitors and others. Let’s demonstrate how finance loans can be addressed in a time line that makes sense for your firm, with the rates, structures and terms that your competitors already enjoy.

We don’t think we have met any business owner recently who doesn’t feel that the traditional route or bank borrowing no longer makes sense for their asset acquisition needs. We don’t have to explain the benefits of dealing with a specialist in any industry, so the firms that offer lease financing in Canada is where you will find financing products that work for you.

We also don’t need to mention of course that if your firm is a start up, smaller in size, or perhaps going through some challenges… well… guess what – you are still a 100% candidate for lease and financing loans.

Many owners and managers searching for equipment financing for their business needs are under the pre-conception that certain assets can’t be financed. That’s where you ability to quickly focus in on a specialized firm that provides business lease solutions for your acquisition – and that includes computers, office equipment, plant and machinery assets, vehicles, and even intangibles such as software!

We are always intrigued by the reasons business owners offer up for leasing consideration – however when you think about it all those reasons come down to several key points – cash flow and working capital management, tax and accounting issues, matching the use of the asset to its estimated life. While every Canadian business owner likes to feel their needs are unique we are pretty sure that if you walk through those 3 key areas we noted above you will be able to significantly simplify your business equipment financing.

Is there a way to simplify the entire process? There sure is. Simply view what we will call ‘ the big picture ‘ around your transaction. Envision it as follows – your application and exchange of financial info with your lessor, discussion or correspondence leading to approval, documentation, and then finally funding and payment… which is often simply the payment made to your supplier, allowing you to receive the asset and put it to work for cash flow and profit generation.

There are hundreds of equipment financing and lease financing firms in Canada. We are quite sure you do want to ‘ simplify ‘ your business financing so speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can ensure your business lease is positioned properly, approved, and funded. Now you are getting your share!