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Cash is King

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Indeed it is. The biggest problem our customers are having at the moment is inflexible factoring or invoice discounting companies, unsupportive banks and collecting cash. These all combined together can potentially have disastrous consequences for any business.  However with some careful planning any potential  cash flow problems can certainly be minimised.

Firstly if there is to be any capital expenditure, where possible this should be purchased via a hire purchase or finance lease facility. In addition it is always advisable to use a third party finance company. If you use your own bank you are potentially utilising finance lines which may be required for non asset investments. Never never buy assets for cash even if cash flow is sufficient. If there is an increase in working capital requirement the cash will be required for cash flow. Also it is so much harder to organise fiance a few months down the line. Finance companies will view this as  refinancing existing equipment exercise, there are far less funders and rates will be much higher.

It also wise to choose your invoice discounting or factoring company wisely I was with one customer this week who regretted going with a main bank. He wished he had gone for the slightly more expensive independent as he would have been certain to have had more cash. In retrospect hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Financing Digital Equipment

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Digital Equipment can be described as being a soft asset. In the view of any finance company wrongly or rightly digital equipment is perceived as having very little value from a security point of view. Therefore most finance companies will take a very different approach when underwriting a deal. Unless a business has a very strong balance sheet , has been long established and is very profitable most high street banks and finance companies will not finance digital equipment. In other words they view it as unsecured lending and in the current economic climate it is difficult to get finance agreed on this basis.

However there are a couple of specialist funders that as a rule of thumb will advance to the business £10,000 for every director that is a home owner. In most cases personal guarantees will be required from eack of the directors. The finance companies are calling all the shots at the moment and due to the lack of funds available in the market for every potential customer saying they will not provide personal guarantees there are probably a dozen or so saying they will give personal guarantees. 

Alternatively it may be possible to refinance existing equipment to provide additional security to the finance company. XL business Finance is a speacilist in this area and asset secure deals can be structured to purchase high tech equipment. If there is still a shortfall in finance it is possible to do a deal by taking a charge over property. Specialist funders can do these deals very quickly. They don’t need business plans and projections as the banks will do. A deal can be put together as quick as it takes to obtain an authority from the first mortgagor.

 
 
 

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