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Sale and hire purchase back

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Providing  an invoice is no more than 3 months old it is possible to finance recently purchased assets at prime rates via a standard  hire purchase agreement . This was the case for a packaging business that purchased two finishing machines at a total of £5ok out of working capital. In hindsight due to  cash flow pressure the kit should have been financed at the time of purchase from the supplier. XL Business Finance organised  a  retrospective hire  purchase  agreement with a prime funder at prime rates even though the kit had been invoiced and paid for.  It is important to do this within 3 months of original purchase as specialist refinance companies will need to be considered.

 

 

Organising retrospective asset finance

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Ever wished you had funded your cap expenditure requirements instead of paying cash. Did you know it is possible to organise retrospective hire purchase and finance lease deals within 3 months of purchase?

So many businesses come to us asking for additional working capital following cash purchases of  plant and machinery. In today’s economic climate trading conditions can rapidly change and it makes prudent business sense to fund as much as possible. Cash is King as they say.  Funding is available at decent rates, subject to credit of course and  providing you meet the funders lending criteria. If the purchase is more than 3 months ago don’t worry, finance may still be available but it is a different type of funding. Asset refinance is provided by a number of specialist asset based lenders and  it is an area that XL Business Finance has many years experience.

Why use an asset finance broker?

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Do you need assistance with finding a hire purchase or finance lease facilities for new or used capital expenditure projects?  XL Business Finance has access to many specialist asset based lenders providing you with competitive deals many of which are not available via the high street banks.

Never has a good asset finance broker been able to add so much  value to businesses in this difficult economic climate. There are many reasons why you should use a broker a few of which are provided below.

Many high street banks are only providing hire purchase and finance lease facilities for their own customers that meet a certain criteria. If your business is good enough to meet this criteria then great. However many are not. If you have a good business but perhaps are fully exposed with your existing bank or you would prefer not have all your eggs in one basket there are still a few prime lenders that deal purely with the broker market providing an alternative to the high street banks. These funders are happy to provide 3rd part hire purchase and finance lease deals which sit alongside your existing agreements.

If your business has however has had a number of issues an experienced asset finance broker will be able to package the deal in the best possible light from an underwriters perspective. This ensures that  you have the best possible chance of success with the most appropriate finance company. There are still many smaller lessor known finance companies that provide funding for many different businesses assets and circumstances. It is simply a case of getting the correct information and making sure we are dealing with the most appropriate funder.

Car Finance

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

At XL Business Finance we believe we can be at least  just as competeitive as any like for like hire purchase or finance lease quote being provided by most UK based  motor dealers.

Any business or director ordering a new or second hand vehicle can expect to obtain funding rates from as little as 3.5%.  Nowadays motor dealers try to earn as much in the finance as commercial finance brokers and as such they are not always the most competitive. There is always the exception to the rule especially when a manufacturer is running a special interest free or interest subsidised promotion.

Leasing and early settlement charges

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

“Can I get a discount for early settlement ?”  is a commonly asked question in relation to leasing and hire purchase facilities. The answer depends on the type of finance agreement, the actual finance company and their policies.

If you have an non regulated finance agreement  don’t expect big discounts, especially if you are tied in on a fixed rate deal. As a rule of thumb most finance companies will provide a 4% discount for early settlement for a non regulated fiance agreement however they are not obliged to. You are more likely to get a discount on a hire purchase agreement as opposed to a lease.

However we dont think there are not big savings to be gained. As they say “cash is king so you may as well leave the cash in he bank for a rainy day!

Obtaining the cheapest leasing and hire purchase rates

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Obtaining the cheapest leasing and hire purchase  rates depends not only depends on the strength of the covenant but also on the quality of the information provided. As with any transaction the easier you make it for an underwriter to understand the proposition the more chance you have getting a deal agreed in the first place and  therefore the better the chance of getting a decent rate.

Therefore with any transaction a full set of audited accounts should be provided, most recent mangement accountss, 3 months bank statrements, details of any finance agreements coming to the end of the agreement and a clear rational will also help

Will my bank give me the best asset finance deal?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Other than a businesses own bank there are still only a few independent asset finance companies offering hire purchase and finance lease facilities. And depending upon which bank you are with you might not get offered asset finance at all. If a bank wants to deal with you then you will get some of the best deals possible. However do you really want to tie up valuable banking lines which may restrict your future ability to obtain funding. If you can get funding via a third party funder it is always advisable to spread it around a bit. You may have to jump through a few more hoops but it will certainly be worth it!

Attention all Car owners

Friday, 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

Sourcing Equipment Finance

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Any business wishing to organise equipment finance for new or used capital purchases may find that the banks not very accommodating at the moment. Any Managing Director or Finance Director may possibly not know who to turn to . It also appears that the choice of finance company appears to be continually diminishing. The good news is that XL Business Finance has the expertise and experience to source hire purchase and finance lease facilities from a variety of lesser know finance house and independent companies.

In addition even if the bank are offering a facility it is advisable to consider an alternative  hire purchase or finance lease deal provided by a third party funder. The banks tend to offer funding by way of a commercial loan. As they will probably not secure the loan against the equipment itself they will only lend against the strength of the balance sheet or the amount of available security. This may have implications for raising finance at future dates as valuable funding lines may have been exhausted. Therefore if the equipment to be purchased has some value, it is Durable, Identifiable and Moveable than it maybe possible to organise third party funding

XL Business Finance has many years experience in arranging lease facilities for all kind of things including, computers, printers, office furniture, racking are but to name a few

Equipment Finance for a new start business

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I suppose it is good news that we are continuing to receive business finance enquiries for new start businesses. The most recent one of which is for a £40,000 LCD exhibition screen. The discussion with the directors prompted me to remind oneself of the process required for funding a new business with very little trading history.

Many businesses that we see that have been trading for less than twelve months have had various experiences with the high street banks. In our experience inexperienced account mangers get the customers jumping through hoops promising that the bank will do the deal only to be overruled when the deal goes for credit approval. In our experience it doesn’t matter how good the business plans are unless three years decent trading figures can be produced then it is unlikely that the banks will help.

The good news is that there a number of leasing and hire purchase companies that will lend to newly formed businesses. Hover in the case of our £40k LCD business any finance company will view this as a soft asset with very little security. Most finance companies will advance up to £10k per decent guarantor providing that the guarantor is a home owner, has a reasonable amount of equity in that house and they must also have a clear personal search profile. There are however one or two companies that may take a view on the overall deal an providing funding for the whole project. If that doesn’t work then we are in the territory of second charges on property!