The Past Is A Foreign Country . They Do Things Differently There

OVERVIEW – Information on working capital solutions in Canada. Factoring and Receivable Type Solutions Just Might Work

Factoring and Working Capital in Canada
. We’ve been mesmerized lately by our favourite new saying – The Past Is a Foreign Country. They Do Things Differently There! It’s from the novel ‘The Go Between ‘. Can it pertain to Canadian Business Financing? We think so! Let’s dig in.

The cost of credit is the cost of not taking credit terms extended for business financing. When Canadian business owners extend, or receive business credit the credit terms are expressed as the amount of discount that is given for prompt payment, when the prompt payment discount expires, and when the invoice is due.

Let’s look at an example. We might say that we are being offered 2% ten, net 30. What does that mean? It means that if we pay the invoice in 10 days we can subtract 2% of the invoice amount for our payment. We can assure you that your supplier, if it is your firm being offered the discount truly means ten days! Not take 2% and pay in 30 days as some try to do. (Those discounts are charged back.)

Let’s work through an example. Supposed you are being offered 9000.00 of credit on 2% ten net 30 days. You can either pay 9000.00 x 98% = 8820$ in ten days, or of course, as we have noted, pay the full 9000.00 in 30 days. If your company is in a position to take the discount you can save a significant amount on your purchase price from that supplier.

If you wait the full 30 days you effectively borrow 8820 for 20 days, paying 9000- 8820, or 180$ of interest.
So what is the ‘credit cost’ in borrowing this money? The calculation is done as follows:
Credit cost = % discount / 100-%discount x 360days/ credit period – discount period.
If you work through the numbers in our example the credit cost = 36.7%.

As our example shows, the annual percentage cost of being offered a 2 % 10 day/ net 30 days scenario is almost 37%. Remember also that this discount is continually offered, so it was offered 18 times a year the effective annual credit cost is 43%!!

Selling on credit is an accepted an important part of business. From the customer perspective it’s a source of financing, because you receive goods or services that you don’t have to pay for until a specific future point in time, usually 30 days more often than not. As business grows between a supplier and customer the amount of financing being extended or taken grows.

So what is the final point of interest in our article? Its is as follows. More and more Canadian firms are looking at factoring and working capital financing facilities outside of bank financing. If our business could pay cash for goods and services we would take the discounts and arrange with our bank to allow us to pay for everything in Cash!

Unfortunately our balance sheets and income statements don’t allow us to generate those sorts of bank facilities.
Factoring is the immediate sale of our accounts receivable for cash. It also can cost anywhere from 1 – 3% per month in ‘discount fees that are taken by the factor firm.

Is that expensive? Yes. And maybe not! Because as we have seen if we can sell our receivables immediately for cash and then take supplier discounts we can offset a large portion, ( maybe all ) of the financing costs. Oh, and by the way . Confidential A/R finance allows you to regain and maintain total control over your own business . You bill, collect and still get the cash flow you need.

That allows us to be in the best of stead with our suppliers – We have cash to pay our bills and we receive immediate cash for our invoices. In a high growth scenario that’s worth its weight in gold so to speak!

Factoring can serve the dual purposes of generating significant cash flow and receiving significant price or payment discounts from our preferred major suppliers.

That is a winning cash flow combination! So, yes, times are changing in business finance. It’s not the past. Seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you with your cash flow needs.

Author: 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 – has completed in excess of 90 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
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