OVERVIEW – Information on selling receivables as an asset finance strategy for Canadian business. AR funding.. done right
Selling receivables via (A/R) AR funding is often a solid move as part of an overall asset finance strategy. But can this financing move lead to bad results? It only can, if done improperly. Here’s our views on ‘ secret tricks’
to successful invoice financing when helping clients with the right moves in cash flow financing. Let’s dig in.
Carrying receivables is one the largest liquidity challenges for any size business – from start up to major corporation. The (hopefully) profits locked up in A/R can contribute to major cash flow issues if not funded properly. By the way, it sure helps if you can turn those invoices into cash faster – with or without financing!
How does the ‘ traditional’ asset finance strategy of selling receivables work? The fundamentals are simple – it when we get down into the weeds that there are potential problems. A/R Funding is simply the sale of your receivables on an ongoing basis, for instant cash. It’s interesting that advances on your A/R in this manner are even more generous than banks. (Banks finance 75% – the right invoice finance facility delivers a 90% financing.
Business owners/mgrs should not get caught up in security paperwork behind an AR asset finance facility. Similar to banking it collateralizes your receivables, and, very much like bank facilities places a blanket security on your firm. The right commercial A/R finance partner will always allow you to finance equipment, inventory and other needs separately.
What are the key factors in how a lender assesses your A/R portfolio? Typically they look at:
Non North American Receivables – Cdn and U.S. accounts are ok to finance
Typical amts and size of your invoices
Quality of your aged receivables – invoices over 90 days old can’t really be financed
Why do businesses consider non bank AR Funding? Reasons include:
Faster approval for such facilities
Generally straightforward paperwork
Less reliance/emphasis on owner guarantees
Good quality receivables and your mgmt thereof ensure almost unlimited financing capability – you’ve turned your firm into a cash flow machine
General credit quality (often a factor of what industry you are in)
Commercial A/R financiers love high growth (banks don’t necessarily ascribe to hyper growth, favoring stability in sales and finances)
So what about those ‘ BAD RESULTS ‘ when it comes to asset finance and selling receivables for a revolving credit facility need? Things can go wrong when you don’t understand the higher cost of non bank A/R asset financing. Clients we initially meet are both surprised and confused around how various firms price these facilities.
Additionally many clients we meet don’t fully understand this is often an interim solution – its higher cost with unlimited capital that more often than not takes clients back to a traditional finance solution.
The largest negative in selling receivables? Opinions vary but we believe strong that most Canadian business owners and financing mgrs don’t like the ‘ notification’ aspect which traditional A/R finance demands – i.e. advising your clients this financing is in place. Do we have as solution? Your bet! Consider a CONFIDENTIAL INVOICE FINANCE strategy, allowing you to bill and collect your accounts, all the while maintaining your client relationships while having access to unlimited funding.
So, is selling receivables a solid asset finance move? Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business Financing Advisor with a track record of success who can assist you with your asset finance needs. It’s all about those tips, tricks and secrets for successful financing of your business.
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 . Info /Contact :
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ABOUT THE AUTHORStan 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.
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