Asset finance leasing - XL Business finance
XL Business Finance Blog » Blog Archive » Invoice Discounting Charges Explained

Invoice Discounting Charges Explained

Invoice discounting is the ability to raise up to 85-90% of a businesses unpaid invoices. There are approximately fifty or so providers based in the UK all offering a similar service. As explained in other posts not all finance companies are the same and as such great care should be taken when choosing a finance company. Most invoice discounting facilities can be run on line and at the end of the day the client will send a copy of their sales day book to the discounter. The discounter will then make available 85% of the invoices available for draw down by the client. The client runs the sales ledger and collection and makes telephone calls to chase the debt. The client collects payments from their customer and pays the money into a trust account. The discounter collects the funds from the trust account and pays back the remaining fiftenn percent less the charges for running the facility.

There are two main charges in invoice discounting agreements. The service fee is a percentage of the clients turnover for the privilege of operating the facility. These costs can vary between 0.1% -1% of turnover depending on the circumstances of the facility. The second charge is the cost of borrowing the money which is an interest charge for the priveledge of borrowing the money. Charges are usually 1-2.5% over the cost of borrowing. Some providers will link to bank base rate and others will link to LIBOR, which at times can be completely different. In addition some invoice discounting companies will charge a minimum base rate and as such the headline interest rate must be viewed with an air of caution.

If base rates  are low as they are now and we are expecting rates to go up a lower add on rate with a higher minimum may be better tan a ower min but with a higher add on.


Comments are closed.


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.

XL Business Finance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 718737. How to make a complaint

XL Business Finance, Eaton Place Business Centre, 114 Washway Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 7RF UK.


Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Preston, Sheffield, Stoke, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire