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ING Lease wiithdraws from UK market

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

ING Lease (UK) limited , the UK’s biggest asset finance and leasing company, yesterday announced that as from the end of November they are withdrawing from the UK market. All deals must be completed from start to finish by the end of November. This will undoubtedly leave a big whole to fill as they advanced approximately £40m every month. There will obviously be consequences for UK businesses as the alternative finance companies tend to be more expensive and their underwriting requirements are more onerous. Thankfully XL Business Finance has access to alternative funding lines and we are well placed to find the next best solution.

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.

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

New Finance company enters Asset Finance Market

Tuesday, 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.

How to transfer existing leasing agreements in event of an administartion

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Love or hate them pe organised administrations or prepacks are an inevitable part of the economy today. In theory they sound great. Dump the old company together with all the old debt ( mainly crown arrears) , buy the business back off the administrator and start a fresh with a new meaner and leaner phoenix company. It has been well documented that obtaining  cash flow finance such as factoring or invoice discounting can be relatively straight forward however it may not be so simple in transferring existing hie purchase and leasing facilities from the old co into the new co.

How easy or difficult this may be depends upon the finance company involved and whether it is a finance lease or hire purchase facility. In the event of an administration if the equipment in question is on a hire purchase facility than the administrator has the right to any equity in the agreement and may take this into consideration when negotiating a purchase price for the business. If the agreement is subject to a finance lease then control of the agreement rests with the finance company. In theory the finance company can terminate the agreement, repossess the kit and sell the equipment and pocket any profit. Thankfully this doesn’t happen very often but none the less it is something that could happen.

It would therefore seem allot simpler if the agreements could be transferred or novated into the new co. Unfortunately many of the high street finance companies will not simply transfer the agreement into the new co. They have a policy of not supporting phoenix companies. There are one or two that do but they underwrite the new co as if it were a new deal so there is no guarantee. If they don’t like what they see they will provide a settlement figure and give the  business the opportunity to finance the kit elsewhere. Some of the specialist funders do not have an issue in transferring the agreement into a new co. Beware some will transfer the agreement like for like whereas others will charge full outstanding rentals and then roll this into a new co.

Aldermore Bank Plc enters asset finance market

Monday, May 10th, 2010

In the last  month or so a new asset funder has entered the broker market providing a much needed alternative to ING  Lease. Aldermore Bank have entered the  asset finance market as a direct competitor or alternative to ING.

Not that there is anything wrong with ING Lease. Far from it. Over the last 10 years they have been without a doubt the most consistent and effeficient finance provider  in the leasing and asset finance market. However during the last eighteen months  they have been the only serious  funder. Prior to the credit crunch there were at least 4 finance companies that we could have obtained competitive finance and hire purchase facilities. They include Lombard, Barclays, Yorkshire Bank and ING Bank. All were doing extremely competitive deals in order to win your business. However as the credit crunch took hold they all withdrew their leasing facilities and were only doing deals for their very best customers. As such ING has been bursting at the seams and once a customer was at he maximum level with INGthere has been very few alternatives. The only alternative were very expensive second or third tier lenders that without a doubt would have all required guarantees irrelevant as to the quality of the covenant or asset based lenders that are only able to lend against the trade value of the kit.

Therefore having a new prime funder in the market is good news for everyone including ING. Whilst we are not expecting Aldermore to replace ING they will certainly mop up the stronger credits where ING are full. I think it will take some time before they take on the marginal deals but none the less still good news!

Benefits of using an asset finance broker

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Any business wishing to purchase plant and machinery will know that the banks at the moment are not the most accommodating when it comes to asset finance. During the credit crunch any independence the bank owned leasing companies had will have been pulled back in under the umbrella of the main bank. What this means is that  now there very little difference in applying for a commercial bank loan or a hire purchase or leasing facility. Indeed you will find that your application for either will probably go to the same underwriter for approval. Never has it been truer that the banks will take into consideration you overall exposure when approving any type of borrow including any outstanding finance lease facilities.

Although credit is hard to come by never has the benefits of an asset finance broker been more important. There are still one or two independent leasing companies in the market that can compete with the big banks. So long as there is not a massive difference in the cost of borrowing why use potential valuable credit lines for purchasing assets and equipment. In deed certain banks will not provide finance lease or hire purchase facilities under £100k preferring to provide loan facilities. Whilst you may think this is the easy option commercial loans do not have the same tax advantages of leasing. For the sake of taking a little effort now it will possibly give you massive benefits in the future.

XL Buisness Finnace is one on the countries lading asset finance brokers and with over 15 years experiance we know all the UKS fiannce companies. All have different sweet spotys and all do things inslightly differing ways . We have the experience and experetese to ensure the best possible funding solutions are sourced for your particulr business.

Leasing Printing Equipment

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

XL Business Finance has certainly got a great deal of expertise and experience in financing printing equipment.  Depending on the type of equipment that needs financing a slightly different approach may be required. For example a company specialising in financing printing equipment will not usually finance digital printing equipment. 

A print finance specialist is only interested  in the forced sale value of the kit and they will know their exit route in the event of a default situation. They will have a network of dealers and suppliers and even end users that they can shift kit onto. For a business purchasing traditional litho equipment a print finance specialist can certainly add value to any business. They are not hung up with the balance sheet of the business but are more interested in the serviceability and the security in the kit. Therefore a business which is loss making or even is a new start business may be able to obtain finance lease or hire purchase facilities. And if you have a particular press in mind they may be even be able to source a repossession or find a part exchange on another deal they are working on.

This is contrast to digital printing equipment which is viewed as having very little or no security.Therefore first port of call will be a balance sheet lender or high street finance company. providing your business has a at least three filed accounts , is very profitable and has a very strong balance sheet you will have absolutely no problem obtaining finance. Of course every single business is trading exceptionally well at the moment , NOT!  There are a few finance companies that will take a view on these sorts of deals but if they are not at the races it will be very difficult to obtain funding without personal guarantees!

Is Leasing equipment cheaper than hire purchase

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Many businesses contact us assuming obtaining leasing facilities for new equipment will be a) easier to obtain and b) cheaper than a traditional hire purchase facility. The answer is monthly repayments and ease of obtaining credit is exactly the same. The only difference being slightly different tax treatment. Which finance facility is best for your business depends on your own requirements and preferences.

In both cases the supplier will expect full payout of their invoice and therefore the hirer will be repaying the full cost of the equipment plus interest wheher it is hire purchase or finance lease.  The differing tax treatment is as follows.

With hire purchase all the VAT is paid up front and at the end of the final payment legal title passes to the customer. The equipment is shown in the customers balance sheet as an asset with a corresponding liability for the hire purchase element. The asset or equipment  is written down on a reducing balance basis and as  much as 50% of the capital cost of the equipment can be claimed  in the first year. Therefore  hire purchase may be more tax efficient in the first year especially if the business is making large profits.

With finance lease the vat is spread over the term of the lease agreement therefore from a cash flow point of view it can help businesses that are short of cash. Instead of claiming writing down allowances the monthly payment is offset in the profit and loss account and as such the full taxable benefit is obtained in exactly the same number of years of the term of the agreement. The big disadvantage of a finance lease facility is that the hirer cannot get direct title at the end of the agreement. A finance lease agreement will kick into secondary or peppercorn rentals usually the equivalent of one months payment on an annual basis. Title is usually obtained by selling the goods to a third party and retaining 90-95% of the sale proceeds.