Why You Do Not Need Good Credit For An Asset Based Loan

Why You Do Not Need Good Credit For An Asset Based Loan

Huntington Beach, CA

In the lending world, so much relies on personal credit as part of the analysis. Strong personal credit is something not everyone has, fewer than you think in fact. As business owners, when payments are delayed, you are forced to delay your payments to suppliers. However, because your business income is your primary source of income (in most cases), this means personal obligations can also be delayed. Timely payments on items such as your personal mortgage payments, electricity bill, car payments, and so forth all attribute toward your credit score. Delays in revenue and income from your business can quickly effect your personal life and negatively impact your credit score. A poor credit score makes it nearly impossible to be approved for additional credit.

Asset based loans come to the rescue in these cases! Asset based loans can be used for either real estate or business loan purposes. Let us explore below.

Asset Based Loans For Business.

The company balance sheet reflects all the assets of a business (remember assets, minus liabilities equals equity?). Assets that can be used as collateral for an asset based loan are accounts receivable, equipment, inventory, and real estate (more on asset based real estate loans below).

Accounts receivable are payment obligations from customers for goods purchased or services performed. An accounts receivable invoice reflects the amount due and when payment is expected (usually with 30, 60 or 90 days). These invoices are considered assets and can be used as collateral for a loan.

There are two types of asset based loans available against invoices and those are factoring loans and an asset based line of credit. A factoring loan is a buy sell agreement where the factor provides and advance against the face amount of the invoices to improve the cash flow of the business. Factoring loans are more than just an advance. In a factoring arrangement the factor manages the back office and credit and collection functions for the client. Outsourcing the back office functions is often more cost effective than hiring internal staff. For more information on factoring loans click here.

An asset based accounts receivable line of credit provides an advance against accounts on a total availability In this type of arrangement the lender looks at the accounts receivable aging and advances against the total balance outstanding. There is no back office management involved in an asset based line of credit and as such, the rates are a bit lower.

Asset based loans against inventory and equipment are just as you would expect. The lender advances against the value of the collateral. Proceeds are used to increase working capital and assist in growing the business. Equipment loans have been a major source of growth for us in the asset based loan category. For more information on this type of loan please visit our sister company Equipment Finance Quotes.

Asset Based Loans For Commercial Real Estate. 

Commercial real estate transactions also use asset based loans on a broad basis. If you have a traditional property type and have plenty of time to close using a bank is your best bet. High scrutiny in underwriting translates in to lower rates although the process can be tedious.

Asset based loans in commercial real estate are used as bridge loans to acquire property. Scenarios where time is of the essence or where a property requires creative underwriting, fit well with asset based commercial loan requests. Virtually all property types are considered and the process is much faster and much less document intensive than traditional bank loans. For more information on asset based loans for commercial real estate click here.

You noticed that I did not mention personal credit in any of the explanations above. This is because it does not come in to the analysis to any important degree. The only exception to this is if the borrower has a negative mark on his credit where a lender providing a similar loan took a loss on that loan. Poor credit due to inquiries, slow payment of personal obligations, charge off notices, default on credit cards and the like rarely come in to play. The main focus is the quality of the asset being used as collateral.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. If your business could use an asset based loan or if you need an asset based loan to acquire commercial real estate, give us a call at 714-719-8966.

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta | Managing Director
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

Choosing The Right Asset Based Loan For Your Needs

Choosing The Right Asset Based Loan For Your Needs

Huntington Beach, CA  We often receive inquiries from clients looking for an asset based loan for working capital for their business. A common mistake that traps many business owners from obtaining the capital they need to grow is taking on the wrong form of debt.

The number 1 killer of business is taking on an asset based term loan when they should be utilizing and asset based line of credit. We have seen countless times how companies strap themselves with term debt when their capital needs are really short term. Let me explain. If you were in need a $50,000 asset based loan to cover the cost of a purchase order you would not want to borrow the money on a fixed monthly payment plan. Why? FINANCE 101 never use long term debt to cover short term expenses.

Purchase order financing is a revolving need. You receive one purchase order, fulfill it, receive another and so forth. Taking out an asset based loan on a term basis straps the cash flow of the company making it difficult to pay the debt back in a lump sum.

There are predatory lenders out there that will sell you a term loan under the auspices that it is working capital when in fact it is actually term debt. Further, making matters even more difficult, is they will take their payments automatically from your checking account on a daily or weekly basis. This makes cash flow strapped even further and forces the business owner to take out another loan and the cycle repeats. The sales people at these companies are only interested in their commission on the loan and most have never run a business for themselves.

On the contrary, a revolving asset based business loan provides you with the revolving credit you need to allow you to borrow the money when you need it and pay it down through the normal course of the business cycle. How? Let us use the previous example of a $50,000 asset based purchase order loan. The asset is the purchase order. A promise to pay from a credit worthy customer for goods or services your company is providing. If your cost to fulfill the purchase order is $50,000 and your sale price for the sake of round numbers is $100,000, you can pay the loan back entirely upon receipt of payment from the customer. Once the $100,000 is paid by the customer, $50,000 of that payment goes to pay down the loan amount and the borrowing process repeats.

Why can we not do the same thing with a term loan? There are a couple of reasons for this. First, term loans often come with pre-payment penalties over the first two years. You can not pay them off without paying an extra fee in the first two years of the agreement. This is not ideal for short term asset based loan needs. Secondly, term loan lenders will file what is known as a UCC-1 blanket lien on the company making it impossible for another lender to provide financing until the debt is paid off. This second requirement is a major road block.

There is an exception to the rule however, but it does not favor the business owner. Some term loan asset based lenders will allow additional debt. This means that you can have more than one term loan. The problem with this is as the term debt is stacked up, your monthly payment obligations increase. Lenders measure your ability to pay by the amount of income the company has after all other debts are paid. There comes a point where the company can not take on any more debt and borrows its way out of business.

What is the solution? There are two many scenarios and variables within each to discuss here. The moral of the story is to apply the right type of financing to the right needs. This is not always easy to determine. Especially, when you have a persistent sales person telling you that his term loan is what you need for your business. Let Huntington Coast Capital manage your asset based loan decisions for you. Our unbiased consultation will give you the honest truth about which type of financing is right for you. We have a unique advantage over the lenders out there and that is simply that we are not lending our own money. Our objective is not to sell our product, but to consult with you to determine which is best for your business.

Do not trust a salesperson trying to hit a quota! We align ourselves on your side of the table and have your best interest in mind. In need of an asset based loan? Do not make the decision without contacting us first.

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta – 714-719-8966
Managing Director, Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.