A Major Obstacle To Obtaining An Asset Based Loan

A Major Obstacle To Obtaining An Asset Based Loan

Huntington Beach, CA  Asset based loans are loans secured by equipment, real estate, inventory or accounts receivable. Essentially, most assets on a company balance sheet can be used as collateral for an asset based loan.

Let us discuss asset based loans secured against equipment and asset based loans secured against commercial real estate. Asset based loans secured against inventory and accounts receivable work entirely different from fixed asset loans.

For starters, lenders in the asset based lending space need to have conservative loan to value ratios. Asset based loans on real estate have loan to values in the 50 to 65 percent range. This is because the lender needs to be able to sell the property and recoup his principle (and hopefully interest) should the borrower default and go in to foreclosure.

Similarly, the loan amount for an asset based loan on equipment is measured by the forced liquidation value. This is not true in most cases, but if we are talking about strictly and asset based loan, it is. The idea behind lending on a percent of the equipment liquidation value is that the lender can sell the equipment at auction should the borrower default.

So, if you own assets free and clear, you should be able to get a loan for 50 to 65% of the assets value, correct? Not necessarily. One item borrowers over look when seeking an asset based loan for the their business is cash flow. They think that if they have the asset, that is all the lender needs. This is incorrect. In addition to having the assets available for collateral, you also have to demonstrate the ability to make the monthly payments. This sounds obvious, but many borrowers initially believe that the asset itself is enough.

Asset based lenders need to be convinced that their loan can be repaid. This was never more apparent than during the real estate meltdown of 2007-2008. Asset based loans against real estate were being made on what was referred to as stated income loans. Or in other words, you tell me how much money you make, I will believe you and then depend on the property value to be high enough to cover my loan should you go in default. This was a very short sided and poor lending practice.

If you can qualify for a million dollar loan to buy a house, it does not mean you can qualify for a five million dollar loan just because the loan to value is there for the asset based loan. Simply put, you still need to make your monthly payments. Sounds simplistic, but borrowers frequently think that having the asset is enough. Well, it is not unfortunately.

Could your company benefit from an asset based loan? Do you have the cash flow to afford to take on the loan payments? Let us talk and see what works.

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.
714.719.8966