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OVERVIEW – Information on equipment financing in Canada. Leasing strategies are explored and tips are provided on lease finance and asset acquisition solutions for Canadian business owners

Equipment Financing Problems? Canadian business owners and financial managers continue to view lease equipment financing as a solid alternative for equipment and asset acquisition in Canada. Let’s dig in.

Leasing and equipment financing have been key to Canadian business for well over 60 years, if not longer. It is simply the method of acquiring assets and paying for those assets over a period of time – A current popular ‘buzzword’ on leasing is ‘profiting through use of equipment ‘. As a general rule most business owners would like to use assets, not necessarily own them. That brings us to one last buzzword, which is ‘if it appreciates buy it, if it depreciates, lease it! Let’s dig in.

When we meet with business owners they often ask us for strategies and ‘how to ‘with respect to financing their assets. If the vendor or manufacturer you are working with does NOT offer financing then your job is to simply focus on obtaining the best price and delivery date for the asset you are acquiring.

We referenced above the manufacturer not offering financing – We categorically encourage any company to take advantage of vendor financing or manufacturer financing that is available, if it is available! Why is that? Manufacturers and vendors either set up captive finance companies, or work with others to implement financing of their products for some very specific reasons. Primarily the reason is that companies do not wish to lose sales and profits by not offering a financing option.

Also, when you lease through a manufacturer you are in effect under their control for a number of years with respect to their ability to offer service, upgrades, maintenance, etc. So the bottom line is that if you can take advantage of manufacturer financing, you should!

One of the only reasons you might not be able to take advantage of manufacturer financing is that your firm does not meet the financial and credit criteria of the vendor. In that case you simply need to work with a trusted, credible and experienced leasing advisor who can source the appropriate financing for the asset with a rate, term and structure that approximates your credit quality. In general we advise customers that when a vendor or manufacturer has a financing offering the credit criteria to qualify in general is quite high.

Because leasing in Canada has the potential to be viewed as complex we try and approach working with customer in a very consultative manner.
Why can Leasing in Canada be viewed as Complex? We are of the opinion that if a lease transaction is a good transaction it creates a win win environment for both your firm and the lease company. To do that various aspects of business need to be tabled – those aspects are:




Rate/Term/ and Structure of the lease itself

When your firm has properly addressed all of these issues at least in a very basic manner your business will have created a proper lease transaction. When all of the above issues are addressed then your firm is in a position to benefit from a lease financing scenario. The benefits of leasing are generally well known – they are:

Flexible and lower monthly payments -in cases where you utilize an operating lease these payments would be significantly lower than a term loan

Ability to upgrade and return equipment

Maintenance and service are many times included in a lease financing

Little or no cash down payment

Discussing these issues with out customers usually brings out the clear fact that not all the benefits of leasing in general apply to every firm. Quite frankly some are more important than others to each Canadian business.

In summary, when contemplating Canadian Equipment Financing work with atrusted, credible and experienced Canadian business Financing Advisor with a track record of success

. Determine what your financing needs are and focus in on which benefits you need to maximize to make your financing work to optimal advantage . And then, as we said, you will ‘Profit through use, not ownership’!

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
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Office = 905 829 2653


‘ Canadian Business Financing with the intelligent use of experience ‘

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.

Stan Prokop

7 Park Avenue Financial
Canadian Business Financing