Information on working capital and cash flow financing solutions in Canada. Business Finance is almost always about finding the right solution to your funding needs.
Cash Flow Financing : Fundamentally it seems easy – make or deliver your product and service, collect the money, and start over. Simple, right?
Well, not really, as most business owners quickly recognize. What many business owners and managers fail to recognize is what we will call the ‘ working capital gap ‘. Simply speaking it’s the amount of time that it takes for a company to produce, sell, and collect on that product or service. During that period inventories and receivables and bank accounts fluctuate greatly, and deficits and surpluses are potentially significant.
Is that a bad thing.? Definitely not. Does it indicate that a company is weak or failing? Most definitely not! Strong business managers can in fact prepare to cover those temporary deficits – if they don’t however the firms creditors can withdraw from support, leading to a potential failure.
Let’s understand the cash flow cycle a bit more in detail. We will assume a company is in fact producing goods, although many service companies have the same challenge but in a somewhat different manner, given there is not inventory or product per se.
Back to the cash flow cycle then – the company buys raw materials and supplies. Payables are created and inventories mount. Product is produced and sales are made on credit, most normally ‘ 30 day terms ‘. (Of course most business owners quickly realize that terms are 30 days but no one pays in 30 days!).
Finally though the receivable is collected and the cycle repeats itself. However the number of days that all of this takes to transpire is of course most commonly known as the ‘ cash flow gap ‘, in our working capital cycle.
In a perfect world the company finances it’s receivables with the bank, as the cash flow cycle repeats itself over and over again.But if a company relaxes its payment terms, or gives formal extended terms to customers, the time factor is significantly augmented. Companies that have strong financing in place can of course increase sales and profits by offering extended terms to their customers. They can also increase their own profits by using the cash flow financing from their bank to take supplier discounts and negotiate better pricing on materials.
Banks and finance companies are critical in this entire process. If the customer can obtain the right working capital and cash flow financing a proper balance can be achieved in sales, profits, and asset turnaround.
However if a firm cannot properly finance the working capital assets the firm experiences serious financial challenges.
In summary, business owners need to understand the ebbs and flows of the cash flow cycle as it relates specifically to their business and industry. Banks and other private finance firms are critical to the working capital cycle. Customers must have the support of the bank with respect to proper credit lines.
The bank of course needs to be convinced that the customer understands it’s cash flow gap, and can manage properly through the working capital cycle. If a firm cannot achieve proper bank support re their working capital requirements other alternatives will need to be assessed. To discuss bank or other business financing alternatives such as:
Asset Based business credit lines
Seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business Financing Advisor with a track record of success who can assist you with your cash flow needs.
Stan Prokop – founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –
Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 10 years – Completed in excess of 100 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing. Info & Contact Details :
7 Park Avenue Financial
South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Office = 905 829 2653
‘ 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.
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