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Is Invoice Discounting Better than a Bank Overdraft?

January 25th, 2011

We think so but then again why wouldn’t we ! As an independent business finance specialist we are firm believers that borrowings should be spread across as many financial institutions as possible. We also believe that any form of invoice discounting is better than a bank overdraft.

The problem with a  bank overdraft means that you are at the beck and call of the bank. An overdraft is repayable on demand and at the first sign of trouble it can be withdrawn at a moments notice. No one ever thinks this will happen but believe you me, we have seen it happen and the consequences are not pretty. Another problem with bank overdrafts is that the amount you can borrow is determined by the strength of your balance sheet or the level of  security available. Bank overdrafts of any significant amount are normally secured against bricks and mortar.

Invoice discounting couldn’t be different. A facility is secured against your unpaid invoices and within reason as your business expands so does the size of the facility available. Providing you are looking for standard trading terms borrowings of 80% of debtor book are the norm without the need to provide additional security.

Directors warranties are the normal comfort obtained from the invoice discounting company which provides an indemnity against any fraudulent activity. Fair enough one thinks

XL Business Finance has been helping the SME market for over 10 years sourcing the right kind of funding for a business’s particular needs. Give us a call today to see how we can help you

Repossessed Range Rover

January 20th, 2011

Interior of a delightful reposssessed Range Rover.
1998 Range Rover 2.5 DSE Auto 195,000 miles part service history

Release cash against unpaid invoices with debt factoring

January 19th, 2011

Following the traditional quiet  period over Christmas many businesses may find themselves short of cash over the next few months. The good news is that it maybe possible to release cash against unpaid invoices using debt factoring or invoice discounting.

Factoring is available for just about any type of business that provides goods or services on credit terms. Factoring is available for new start businesses, businesses that have had trading difficulties as well as any blue chip companies. This kind of debtor finance is very useful for businesses that have maybe approached their own bank but for one reason or another haven’t been able to obtain funding.

Invoice discounting is traditionally provided in a confidential facility and as such your business has to be stronger and more established to be eligible. Again invoice discounting can release cash against unpaid invoices and provides a very useful working capital facility.

Both factoring and invoice discounting are provided by banks and independent lenders. In our opinion independent lenders are far better at providing factoring because credit control that is provided with factoring is a very important aspect of the service. Independents that specialise in factoring tend to provide a much more comprehensive service and as such the cheaper banks isn’t always the best option

2007 Toyota HI LUX HL3 D4D

January 17th, 2011

We have the following vehicle for disposal

MAy 07 Toyota HI LUX HL3 D4D

44.000 miles

MOT 24/05/11


Most excellent condition


Please contact us for price


Finance may be available subject to credit

Attention all Car owners

January 14th, 2011

Are you looking to raise cash quickly? It is now possible to organise a short term business  loan offering your car as security.

If you have a luxury car which is free of finance , you can release the money or equity tied up in your car on a short term basis. This is different from a traditional refinance agreement that provides funding on a hire purchase agreement over a number of years. The finance company will take your car as security which will be stored in a secure facility.

Whilst this kind of offering will not be an option to everyone there are plenty of business owners out there that may have a second luxury toy or car. As you can imagine APRs wont be the cheapest however they never are when it comes to bespoke and creative funding. It does however provide a quick fix alternative to the bank funding which in the current climate isn’t available to everyone.

How it works. A trade value of the car is obtained from the finance company. A percentage of this trade value is  is provided on a short term loan. There are no monthly repayments. Interest accrues on a monthly basis and the finance is repaid at the end of the loan agreement typically 3-6 months. This kind of lending is ideal for customers that maybe have a guaranteed lump of cashing coming to them but need something to keep them ticking over

Cashflow problems?

January 13th, 2011

Just over a week into the new year we have already had several enquiries from businesses having cash flow difficulties following the Christmas break. The first enquiry was for a printing business looking to refinance existing machinery in order to reduce the monthly payment.

In addition the business was applying to its bank for EFG funding of £40k. In our opinion a business that has had some trading difficulties is unlikely to be eligible for bank support even with the banking of the EFG scheme. However the customer didn’t realise that not only could we reschedule the repayments on his main press but we can also release any additional equity. And guess what based on the current trade valuation we can refinance the press, release an additional £50k and provide a monthly repayment no more than he is paying at the moment. Happy days. Well until the cash runs out.

The second enquiry we had was for a timber business importing wood from Eastern Europe. The business until recent years had been fully supported by a high street bank providing a small overdraft and an import finance facility. The business being under pressure from the bank to reduce its exposure came to us for alternative funding arrangements. We were able to introduce the business to an independent trade finance company and as yet we are still awaiting the outcome. Whilst alternative funding is never a guarantee there are alternatives to the banks and it is just a case of knowing who does what!

New Finance company enters Asset Finance Market

November 23rd, 2010

One of the biggest problems a business faces today is the lack of finance companies in the asset finance market. Some of the big high street banks will provide hire purchase and leasing facilities for some of their better customers wishing to purchase capital equipment.  If your bank is unwilling to support or you don’t want to have all your eggs in one basket as far as third party funders there is only one. ING Lease has probably been the only only decent third party funder operating in the asset finance market. Their rates are good however they can only be accessed via the broker network.

After ING  organising funding has been slightly more difficult . Whilst ING are a great funder if for some reason they dont want to play ball the next best alternatives in comparison are far more expensive and onerous in terms of security required. Asset based lenders will only lend a percentage of the forced sale vale and their funding costs all start around 12% nominal. Alternative leasing companies willing to take a view will only lend £10k per director and will always undoubtedly require personal guarantees.

The good news is that there are one or two finance companies entering into the market. Both are pitching themselves not as competition to Ing and your own high street bank but are positioning themselves between these funders and the expensive asset based lenders.

This has been an area in the hire purchase and leasing market where there has been somewhat of a funding gap. Any business that is not quite strong enough for prime rates may have found themselves stuck in the middle of a rock and a hard stone as the kit did not meet the requirements for the pure asset based lenders. Only time will tell as to whether these new funders start to mop up these deals.

Can I get 120 days factoring finance?

November 22nd, 2010

Most factoring companies provide a 90 day factoring service however with some providers it is possible to get close to 120 days without any additional charges.

With most finance companies the clock starts ticking on the day you submit the invoice, however with one or two providers the clock starts kicking at the end of the month.

Therefore if you submit an invoice say on the second of the month the 90 days don’t start until the end of that month.

For many businesses this additional working capital as customers seem to be taking longer and longer to pay. If you are factoring with a company that starts the 90 days the day you submit your invoice you potentially will pay more charges and have a reduced funding line. As soon as you hit 90 days and if your customer hasn’t paid then the value of that invoice will be deducted from your available allowance restricting available cash. In addition if there isn’t enough of an available allowance you will go over your agreed prepayment possibly triggering expensive charges for over payments.

Indeed it has been recently suggested that certain finance companies hold back cheques and don’t pay them to their clients account until a day or so after invoices become disallowed after 90 days therefore triggering charges.

Surely not. The fact of the matter is that customers should be paying within the 90 days and a good factoring company should be collecting debt in the necessary time scale. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen and as such a few extra days funding can make a big difference.

A good factoring broker will be able to add value and select the most appropriate finance company for your particular requirements.

It may be possible to get 85% LTV on a commercial mortage!

November 18th, 2010

As we know all banks say that they are open for business. Saying and doing are two completely different things. Following an interesting meting this AM with a well known high street bank they reckon they are open for business and could possibly do up to 85% LTV on a commercial mortgage – for the right customer. If there is anyone out there that has been fortunate enough to obtain such funding we would love to know.

In reality obtaining a commercial mortgage will be very very difficult indeed. Long gone are the days that anyone could get up to 80-85% LTV based purely on the asset value rather than their ability to repay. Nowadays the LTV is less important and the most important aspect of any deal is the quality of the tenant and the ability to repay. Therefore if we have a blue chip business making loads of cash within undoubted serviceability needs an 85% LTV commercial mortgage then they may get it. A business that is struggling obviously will not.

The main point here is that all banks and financial institutions say that they are open for business. In reality this is a complete load of whats it. However finance companies do blow hot and cold invariably dipping their toe in and out of the market. To save a load of wasted time a good commercial finance broker will be able to find  the right finance comapny pretty quickly

Who Is doing Enterprise Finance Guarantee Funding ( EFG ) ?

November 17th, 2010

The banks are supposed to be helping small businesses obtain difficult funding in these difficult times and one way is via the EFG or Enterprise Finance Guarantee. Whilst  the EFG does not guarantee success of funding via the banks there are one or two viable alternatives via the invoice finance companies.

The problem with the bank based scheme is that a proposal for funding should meet all the banks normal lending criteria. If you have a proposition that they want to do but the only thing that is stopping them doing it is a lack of security then this is where the EFG scheme gives them the security to do the deal. If for some reason they don’t want to do the deal because your business hasn’t been trading long enough or the financials are not strong enough then it wont get passed first base. EFG funding does not make a bad deal good.

An alternative to bank based EFG loans could be funding via invoice finance companies. One funder provides EFG funding on the back of a factoring or invoice discounting company match funding any directors loans but up to a maximum of fifty percent of the debtor book. Another invoice finance company provides EFG funding to give a business 100% of its debtor book.

Invoice finance companies tend to be a little more flexible than the banks therefore if you have drawn a few blanks then it is worth giving them a call. We will gladly point you in the right direction.


XL Business Finance Ltd is a privately owned and independent business financing company with established links to many of the UK's leading finance houses. XL Business Finance provides a viable alternative to high street banks that lack the flexibility and imagination to provide a solution to most business users requirements. XL Business Finance can provide a full range of business financing solutions and we ensure a high level of customer service and pride ourselves on quick decisions. Our independent status will ensure any offer of funding and asset finance leasing is best suited to our customer’s needs.

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