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Factoring but doing all the collections yourself?

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Are you using an expensive factoring facility but feel that you are doing all the work yourself?  This is the most common complaint regarding factoring finance. The factoring company is supposed to handle all the collections  and credit control. However if you choose the wrong factoring company you end up having to do all the hard work which makes the facility doubly expensive. The good news is a CHOCS facility ” Customer Handles Own Collections”   provides a half way house. Read on peops.

A CHOCS facility provides an alternative to a business that isnt eligible for  invoice discounting however would not rather go to the expense of paying for credit control with a full factoring facility. CHOCS funding is very appropriate for business that already have their own in house credit control. As with factoring your customers will be ware that you are assigning your invoices to the finance company however you will be given sole responsibility for the collections element.

Obtaining confidential invoice discounting is not as easy as it used to be this factoring facility may be the perfect solution. High street banks will often try and switch a business from confidential invoice discounting to full factoring during and following a period of difficult trading. This is because a business in such circumstances is perceived a higher risk and as such full factoring gives the banks  greater control and also a greater return for the increased risk.

A CHOCS facility can be provided by a number of independent factoring companies and as such can provide an improved service and affordability.

Using assets to provide additional working capital

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Any business involved in heavy manufacturing maybe able to release cash from the value of their plant and machinery. Providing there is value within the machinery cash can be released just about for any purpose. It could be to provide additional working capital, it could be for a one off project or the cash can be used to pay the tax man. Refinancing of existing plant and machinery is a facility which is often overlooked as it is is one that is not traditionally provided by the high street banks and finance companies

XL Business Finance has been helping businesses for over 10 years refinance plant and machinery. In the current economic  climate it is perceived that the high street banks are not supporting businesses with their funding requirements.Many business are therefore looking at alternative ways to provide additional working capital or cash for one off projects.

Banks however are not traditionally risk takers and do not have the expertise to provide asset refinance in its purest form. Refinancing plant and machinery is a very specialist area in which there a few funders that have the expertise to do the job properly. There are 3 ways that assets can be refinanced. Loan and chattel mortgage, sale and hire purchase back or sale and lease back. Which facility is best or you depends upon the type of equipment, and the written down value of the kit in your books.

Factoring and EFG Funding

Friday, March 4th, 2011

We automatically assume that the high street banks are the best places to obtain funding via the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. In fact 90% of EFG funding is supplied by two such banks. If for some reason your business doesn’t meet all of the banks criteria than it maybe possible to obtain EFG funding piggy backed on the back of a factoring facility.

EFG isn’t a right. Your business must meet all the banks normal lending criteria. If you tick all the boxes but there is a lack of security in a deal then that is when the EFG funding kicks into place. If you don’t meet the banks lending criteria then you wont get passed first base. Factoring and invoice discounting companies have very different lending criteria and just because you have been knocked back via the banks doesn’t mean you will do so by a factoring or invoice discounting company.

There are two main factoring companies offering EFG funding and they do things slightly different. One funder will use EFG to lend up to 100% of your debtor book. For a business with high levels of turnover this could amount to significant levels of dosh.

Another funder will advance an amount equivalent to any directors loans in the business up to a maximum of no more than 50% of the debtors advance.

Both companies as always have a slightly different perspective on things and so if you have directors loans in the business it may be worth a have discussions with both to see which one will provide the best funding solution.

How to compare Invoice Discounting quotes

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Comparing invoice discounting quotes for the first time can be quite complicated. There are so many different aspects of a deal, from interest rates, refactoring charges and  service fees. The cheapest is not always best because credit limits for individual clients and prepayment percentages must also be taken into consideration.  There is no point going with the cheapest deal if you are only going to get 50% of your expected funding. XL Business Finance has been helping businesses for over 10 years compare quotes and help the customer get into the nitty gritty of things.

There are two main charges to an invoice discounting facility. The interest rate for the money borrowed and the service fee. The interest rate is usually a percentage over base rate and is comparable to a bank overdraft rate. Some finance companies charge a min base rate and some link to LIBOR. Bank base rate is not always the same so it is always worth taking into consideration.

The service fee is a percentage of annual turnover however beware some invoice discounting companies charge a refactoring charge. This can be as much as 1% of any invoices that go over 90 days. Whilst this will not be a problem if your debt turn is good it is worth noting because if your customers take longer to pay it will increase the cost of the facility.

An invoice discounting will also charge a take on fee which can be anything from a few hundred quid to a percentage of the arranged facility.

 
 
 

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