How Will A Rise In Interest Rates Effect Business Owners?

How Will A Rise In Interest Rates Effect Business Owners?

Things That Traditionally Increase When the Fed Increases Interest Rates

 

The recent rise in the Fed funds rate will likely cause a ripple effect on the borrowing costs for consumers and businesses that want to access credit based on the U.S. dollar. That has an impact across numerous credit categories, including the following:

  • The Prime Rate: A hike in the Feds rate immediately fueled a jump in the prime rate, which represents the credit rate that banks extend to their most credit-worthy customers. This rate is the one on which other forms of consumer credit are based, as a higher prime rate means that banks will increase fixed, and variable-rate borrowing costs when assessing risk on less credit-worthy companies and consumers.
  • Credit Card Rates: Working off the prime rate, banks will determine how credit-worthy other individuals are based on their risk profile. Rates will be affected for credit cards and other loans as both require extensive risk-profiling of consumers seeking credit to make purchases. Short-term borrowing will have higher rates than those considered long-term.
  • Savings: Money market and credit-deposit (CD) rates increase due to the tick up of the prime rate. In theory, that should boost savings among consumers and businesses as they can generate a higher return on their savings. However, it is possible that anyone with a debt burden would seek to pay off their financial obligations to offset higher variable rates tied to credit cards, home loans, or other debt instruments.
  • U.S. National Debt: A hike in interest rates boosts the borrowing costs for the U.S. government and fuel an increase in the national debt. A report from 2015 by the Congressional Budget Office and Dean Baker, a director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, estimates that the U.S. government may end up paying $2.9 trillion more over the next decade due to increases in the interest rate, than it would have if the rates had stayed near zero.

Things That Are Largely Unaffected When the Fed Increases Benchmark Interest Rates

  • Auto Loan Rates: Auto companies have benefited immensely from the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy, but rising benchmark rates will have an incremental impact. Surprisingly, auto loans have not shifted much since the Federal Reserve’s announcement because they are long-term loans.
  • Mortgage Rates: A sign of a rate hike can send home borrowers rushing to close on a deal for a fixed loan rate on a new home. However, mortgage rates traditionally fluctuate more in tandem with the yield of domestic 10-year Treasury notes, which are largely affected by inflation rates.

Things That Traditionally Decrease When the Fed Increases Interest Rates

  • Business Profits: When interest rates rise, that’s typically good news for the profitability of the banking sector, as noted by investment giant Goldman Sachs. But for the rest of the global business sector, a rate hike carves into profitability. That’s because the cost of capital required to expand goes higher. That could be terrible news for a market that is currently in an earnings recession.
  • Home Sales: Higher interest rates and higher inflation typically cool demand in the housing sector. On a 30-year loan at 4.0%, home buyers can currently anticipate at least 60% in interest payments over the duration of their investment. Any uptick is surely a deterrent to acquiring the long-term investment former President George Bush once described as central to “The American Dream.”
  • Consumer Spending: A rise in borrowing costs traditionally weighs on consumer spending. Both higher credit card rates and higher savings rates due to better bank rates provide fuel a downturn in consumer impulse purchasing. (For more, read How Interest Rates Affect Spending.)

HCC Funds $1,300,000 In Business Loans In The Month Of December

HCC Funds $1,300,000 In Business Loans In The Month Of December

Huntington Beach, CA.  During the month of December Huntington Coast Capital secured a $650,000 equipment loan and two SBA loans for $500,000 and $150,000 for a total of $1,300,000 in business loans! The scenarios are outlined below:

  1. $650,000 equipment loan for a southern California contractor – The company was paying a high rate of interest on the equipment they used in their day to day operations – The high cost of financing was impacting their cash flow. They engaged Huntington Coast Capital for their equipment loan needs and we were able to reduce their financing costs by almost half, saving them thousands in monthly finance expense.
  2. $500,000 SBA loan for a growing company in the stencil business – The company produces custom stencils for any design and application. The company had an existing SBA loan and were looking to borrow an additional $350,000 to purchase additional equipment to meet growth demands. Huntington Coast Capital secured a $500,000 SBA loan to cover the equipment costs and refinance the existing SBA loan.
  3. $150,000 SBA Express Loan for a custom glass manufacturer – An established custom glass manufacturer was looking for additional funds for advertising and marketing to break in to new markets and broaden their customer base. They have a profitable business serving general contractors and are looking to expand in to direct commercial work.

Whether your business loan needs are for equipment purchases, inventory or general working capital demands, we can assist. We serve companies of all sizes from startup to established.

Business Loans And Knowing The Right Mechanic

Business Loans And Knowing The Right Mechanic

Huntington Beach, CA: My trip to the mechanic made me think about why it is important to have a business loan broker in your corner.

My car recently started misfiring and I took it to the local, large regional mechanic shop (name held anonymous out of professional courtesy) to have them take a look at it. This particular mechanic occupies a lot of space in a high rent district, offers coffee and cookies in the waiting area and an overall professional and sterile atmosphere. The mechanic bays where the specialists operate and solve problems for sick cars looks like it was created by Boeing itself.

After the expert diagnosis was delivered (my car needed new spark plugs and two ignition coils replaced) they provided the cost estimate. I thought to myself, “this is going to be steep” and I wasn’t disappointed. Total cost $682.17. Seeing that I need my car and can’t go more than a few hours without it, I reluctantly agreed. Their courtesy shuttle drove me home and would later pick me up.

When I returned to the shop, the mechanic came out and said, “your car is all done, but you really should replace the other ignition coils and your timing belt is showing cracks and can break at any second.” He went on to say, “the timing belt is a big expense costing roughly $1,200 and then of course the cost of the other coils would bring use to around $1,800 with labor.” I said I would bring it back as I needed to pick up my kids from school.

As I was driving to my kids’ school, my head still in a fog having gone through the surreal experience of knowing that you are not getting the whole story, but not having the knowledge to know for sure, I remembered my trusted Volvo mechanic. I went to this fancy mechanic because they can service the car the same day and I was in a urgent need to have my car back. Now that I had the time, I called my Volvo specialist and booked an appointment.

He replaced the timing belt and also took care of some other minor repairs that weren’t urgent but nice to have done (one of running lights was out, there was a slow leak in my right front tire, and an issue with the passenger side door handle). The short story was that all these repairs had a total cost of $365.00! This was the timing belt that was going to cost me $1,200 according to the fancy mechanic. By the way, the other engine coils didn’t need to be replaced and if they happen to misfire, you can take the car in at your leisure within 100-200 miles of running the car like that. Quite a different story than the high priced mechanic gave me.

Where am I going with this? I saved a few bucks and that is a great win for me personally, but what does it have to do with securing capital and business loans? A lot actually. You see, the high priced guys would never tell me about their competitor working out of a little industrial box charging 1/3 the cost. They would never tell me that replacing the other ignition coils wasn’t necessary (on the contrary, they urged me to). I saved a lot of money by remembering who else was out there, offering similar service and quality work for less.

Business owners in the market for equipment loans, purchase order financing, SBA loans or any other type of loan often enter the process blind. This exposes them to being taken advantage of and subject to convincing, yet biased, opinions of how to handle their funding needs. Direct lenders are experts at explaining the benefits of their financing, but would never tell you where to go to get a competitive quote.

As unbiased business loan consultants, we provide our clients with the confidence to explore their funding needs knowing that we, with our industry experience, knowledge and contacts, are working on their behalf. Do you know if you are about to pay three times more than you should? Is the loan structure being offered by your lender truly the best for your business?

Save yourself the time, energy and frustration of exploring your business loan options and leave it to us. We work with business owners and funding sources on a daily basis and have our fingers on the pulse of the debt markets. Give us a call and let us discuss your capital needs 714-719-8966

To your success,

Patrick Zazueta | Founder
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

HCC Obtains $800,000 Equipment Loan

HCC Obtains $800,000 Equipment Loan

RECENT FEATURED TRANSACTION:
A Texas-based company contacted our Huntington Beach location regarding an equipment loan. The company was a supplier and installer of large water tanks for commercial and industrial use. The main applications of their product was for rain water harvesting, well water storage, fire water storage and municipal water storage. Their customers ranged from breweries to large farm co-ops to City Municipalities. Their business is growing and their brand is becoming well-known.

The challenge: The company was running in to a ceiling when it came to their growth potential. The supplier they worked with was located in Australia and had minimum shipment requirements and needed cash up front for the orders. The typical sales cycle (from ordering from supplier to delivering and being paid by the customer) could run as long as 4-6 months. This, coupled with net losses from operations as the company went through growing pains, made them unfit for bank financing.

After applying for and being turned down for an SBA loan, Huntington Coast Capital brought in some forward looking, entrepreneurial lending options. The lender ultimately chosen by our client provided for the cash to purchase the inventory by leveraging existing equipment and freeing up cash trapped in the assets of the company.

The result: A cash injection was possible by leveraging the company current equipment and inventory assets which resulted in being able to fulfill the increasing customer orders. Our non-institutional solution will bridge the company for 12 to 18 months and allow the company to make that jump to profitability. They will likely be ready for traditional financing within a two year time period.

If your business could use a cash injection to take your operations to the next level, we would like to speak with you. Click the Apply Button below to inquire about the details.

SBA Loans The Advantages and Disadvantages

SBA Loans The Advantages and Disadvantages

The SBA or Small Business Administration is a government sponsored funding program for business operations, commercial real estate and construction projects. Whether you are looking for an SBA loan right here in our hometown of Huntington Beach or anywhere in the USA, an SBA loan may be of value to you.

What is an SBA Loan?

SBA loans are generally described as funds available for working capital or equipment purchases that will contribute to the growth of a company’s operations. Working capital is a broad term covering everything from marketing and advertising to hiring and other capital investments.

The SBA does not lend money directly to business owners. Participating banks originate, underwrite and lend money under the program to qualified applicants. SBA loans made by banks are partially guaranteed by the US government.

Who Qualifies for an SBA Loan?

A business that would qualify for an SBA loan would have the following general characteristics:

a minimum of two years in business
at least two tax returns showing a business profit (more on this later)
adequate financial strength of the business relative to the loan amount being requested
personal credit scores above 690 for each owner in the business
outside collateral in the form of equity in a personal residence (sometimes required)

This is by no means an all inclusive list, but some of the main pre-requisites in qualifying for an SBA loan.

Is an SBA Loan Right for My Business?

SBA Loans are a great source of low cost capital for many businesses. If you can check all the boxes required for an SBA Loan, it is a great way to responsibly leverage your company for growth.

Whether or not an SBA Loan is right for your business has many variables. For example, a popular SBA Loan is the SBA 7(a) Loan. This SBA Loan variety is more commonly offered by banks for companies looking for term debt (lump some of cash – think mortgage) versus revolving credit. While the SBA offers revolving lines of credit under the SBA 7(a) Program, our experience is that banks do not offer the revolving loan as widely as the term debt.

If you are looking for a revolving line of credit for your business, there are more flexible and user-friendly loans available.

What Else Should I Know When applying for an SBA Loan?

Here is where the tax return profits come to play. It is natural for business owners to want to minimize the profit they show on their tax returns for tax purposes. This is an effective way to reduce your tax obligations, but not good when searching for an SBA Loan.

This is because the banks that underwrite the SBA Loan request will look to the tax returns to determine whether or not your business can afford to take on the payments of the new SBA Loan. If you are showing very little profit or losses on your tax returns, you are declined before the process even starts.

Advantages of SBA Loans

The advantages of SBA Loans are simple – low cost source of funds to grow your business. Business owners like the program due to the low cost involved with these loans. In addition, there are seldom pre-payment penalties attached to them.

The banks like the SBA Loan Program because the government is guaranteeing a portion of their exposure which makes the program attractive to those participating banks that are lending the money.

Disadvantages of SBA Loans

The disadvantage of SBA Loans is that they are hard to qualify for. Only the financially strong qualify for SBA Loans. They are accompanied by a fair amount of paperwork and hurdles to clear for underwriting. We have found that roughly half of our SBA Loan submissions make it through the finish line and that is because most are dis-qualified prior to submission.

Closing Thoughts on SBA Loans

We are big fans of SBA Loans and always use them as a starting point when consulting with our clients. If we can get you qualified for an SBA Loan, the rates and terms will be hard to beat. Further, the good news is that there are other forms of financing available should we need to use an alternative source to bridge to a future point where the company may qualify.

If you would like to see if your business would qualify, please call me directly at 714-719-8966.

Huntington Coast Capital Is Off To Its Best Start Ever In 2016!

Huntington Coast Capital Is Off To Its Best Start Ever In 2016!

2016 has started out in a full sprint for Huntington Coast Capital. Through the first four weeks of the year, we have secured $11,300,175 dollars in working capital business loans for our clients. This volume represents the fastest start of any year since our first full year in operation in 2011!

The loan mix was varied and breaks down as follows:

* $5,500,000 business loan for a distributor of private label pastas, spices, and mixes secured by the company’s accounts receivable and inventory.

* $3,200,000 construction loan for a ground up development project in San Diego, CA.

* $100,000 SBA loan for a product development firm.

* $500,000 business loan for a auto transportation company.

* $2,000,0000 business loan for an importer of suits and formal wear for men.

Huntington Coast Capital is pleased to have secured funding for these clients! In each case, the client was in need of a creative business loan to grow their business. The business loan options we brought to the table allowed them to realize the full potential of their company.

If your company could benefit from having a choice of business loan options to choose from, we would like to speak with you! We enjoy playing a small role in insuring that our clients succeed.

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta | Founder
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.
714-719-8966