Small Business Loans In California

Small Business Loans In California

Huntington Beach, CA: Running a business is challenging. You have to cover monthly expenses, manage people and inventory, satisfy customers and market and advertise your business. Unfortunately, most businesses fail within 2-3 years opening due to cash constraints. This is partially due to not being able to qualify for a small business loan.

Banks lend to small businesses, but qualifying for such loans is very difficult. You need to have a history of profitable operations, retained earnings and positive working capital. These things sound achievable, but a lot harder than they look.

Luckily, small business loans in California are available to business owners that can not qualify for traditional bank financing. Virtually any asset found on a balance sheet can be used as collateral for a loan. The assets that can secure a small business loan in California are real estate, equipment, inventory and accounts receivable. Also in this group, though not listed on the balance sheet as an asset, are purchase orders.

Working capital lines of credit and term loans are the two types of small business loans in California that are available. Term loans are for fixed assets or long term expenses (think of a loan with monthly payments like a mortgage) and working capital loans are for short term needs to cover the day-to-day operating expenditures (think of a revolving line similar to a credit card, but not as expensive).

Could your business benefit from a revolving line or term loan? We secure small business loans in California and across the country. Give us a call to learn more (844) 239-2632.

HCC Launches Separate Operations For Asset Based Loans And Supply Chain Finance

HCC Launches Separate Operations For Asset Based Loans And Supply Chain Finance

Huntington Coast Capital is proud to announce the launching of two subsidiaries! One dedicated to asset based loans, www.assetbasedloans.fund and the other strictly arranging supply chain financing requests, www.supplychainfinance.finance.

The growth in these two areas of finance made this adjustment a requirement for doing business going forward. The two entities will be fully owned by Huntington Coast Capital. The move was done to better distinguish our product offering. Instead of having one company with many different asset based loan offerings, we decided to break these two off for better clarity of our services among our clients and prospects.

Equipment Finance Quotes, www.equipmentfinancequotes.com, was the first line of business to become its own distinct entity back in February of 2019.

Through our portfolio of companies, we strive to meet the needs of business owners across the country. It is our goal to become the “go to” resource for business owners when looking to obtain and asset based loan in California or anywhere in the United States.

Could you business benefit from an asset based loan? If so, we would love to hear from you! (844) 239-2632

Purchase Order Financing For The Cannabis Industry

Purchase Order Financing For The Cannabis Industry

We have seen an increased number of requests for purchase order financing in the Cannabis industry. This typically includes the purchasing of seeds from suppliers. Our clients are either distributors or sell to distributors within the Cannabis industry.

While Cannabis is not Federally regulated, other products within the industry are. For example, the popular CBD supplements in the market today can be financed by a broad base of lenders within our network. CBD products are used for both human and animal treatments. My vet uses CBD when my dog goes in for a grooming. These CBD products are the preferred alternative when calming animals for procedures of all types. People take CBD for general relaxation and pain relief. The organic nature of the product is the main reason it is taking over in popularity from the synthetic options.

The other product in the industry, the Hemp seed, has been legal for many years and has been used to make clothes for decades. It’s durable and organic, making it the preferred choice for some.

It is our opinion that the demand of Hemp and CBD products will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Huntington Coast Capital wants to be a part of this high growth industry. If your business is in the Cannabis Industry and in need of purchase order financing, we would like to speak with you. We are also able to finance real estate and equipment in the industry. Call us to discuss the options 714-719-8966.

Patrick Zazueta
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

3 Things Needed To Qualify For An Asset Based Loan.

3 Things Needed To Qualify For An Asset Based Loan.

Huntington Beach, CA – Asset based loans can be made against any asset on a company’s balance sheet. These include accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, real estate and even off balance sheet items like purchase orders. However, simply having the asset is not a guarantee that you will be approved for a loan.

In order to improve your chances of being approved for an asset based loan, you need to have at least two of the three of the following:

  • Credit
  • Cash Flow
  • Collateral

There are different forms of asset based loans and which two hurdles you will need to clear will change depending on the type of loan you are looking for. Let’s take a closer look. The first benchmark in many asset based loan reviews is credit. This refers to both your personal and business credit rating. In general, a credit score of 680 or better is required of your personal credit. Business credit is a little more subjective, but primarily entails your payment history, past judgments and IRS records. The asset based lender will want to know that you are running your company well by paying your suppliers on time, managing your legal recourse exposure and paying your taxes.

In an invoice factoring arrangement, personal credit is not of that much importance. The majority of the credit decision rests on the financial strength of the customers. Because the lender collects all customer payments through a controlled lock box, the lender has more control over the repayment of the loan. The collateral in this case is the invoice itself and the cash flow is also manged through the lock box. Two of the three requirements are met.

In an asset based business loan, personal and business credit along with cash flow are most important in companies with low levels of assets such as staffing companies, law firm and accounting offices. The collateral taken when lending to service companies is covered under a “blanket lien” of all company assets. However, there are not a lot of hard assets owned in a service company. The focus in this case shifts to the personal credit of the owners and how profitable the business is. The more profitable, the higher the cash flow and the more cash available to pay the company’s debts. This said, loaning to service companies sometimes requires that outside collateral be required, such as a lien on a personal residence or investment property, if available.

In summary, if you have the collateral for an asset based loan you need either the cash flow or credit to compliment the loan request to increase the chances of approval. While higher in cost than traditional financing, there are lower barriers to being approved and less financial scrutiny of your business.

If your company could benefit from an asset based loan, we would like to speak with you and bring the best options to the table.

To your success!

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

The Difference Between Bank Asset Based Loans And Private Asset Based Loans

The Difference Between Bank Asset Based Loans And Private Asset Based Loans

Huntington Beach, CA  Owning a business takes a lot of cash on hand. Cash to make payroll, pay rent (or a commercial mortgage), purchase supplies, marketing and advertising, etc. Business owners reach out first to the bank they have their business deposits with to see if they can provide them with a loan. Their bank is a good place to start, and if they can qualify, their journey ends there.

Different types of asset based loans.

Asset based loans can be made against any asset seen on a company’s balance sheet. The common assets used as a collateral for a loan are real estate loans, equipment loans, inventory and accounts receivable. Other collateral considered assets by a lender are purchase orders and supply chain funding lines.

Asset Based Loans Obtained From Banks. 

Banks provide asset based loans, but have stricter requirements than the private sector. The first difference you will notice is that a bank will most typically require you to open a deposit account with them in exchange for doing the loan. Depending on the size and type of asset based loan, the bank will require you to switch you entire banking relationship over them as a requirement for doing the loan. Switching your banking relationship is no easy or convenient task.

If deposits are not required, that means that the bank will look to fit you in to an SBA loan program. Banks mainly offer term loans under the SBA loan program versus revolving lines of credit. Loans made against accounts receivable, purchase orders or for supply chain funding are not on the menu for most banks.

The preferred type of asset based loan banks like to issue are for real estate and equipment purchases. The range of your required down payment will depend on the type of loan being considered, your business and personal credit and the amount of liquidity you have on hand post purchase. Most banks set their bottom limit at a 680 credit score or better to be considered for an asset based SBA loan.

Private Sector Asset Based Loans. 

In the private sector the whole credit picture is also considered, but not scrutinized quite as closely. The main consideration is the asset quality itself. For example, in an accounts receivable loan, the credit quality of customers, average collection days and historical bad debt write offs are of paramount importance. The private lender will look at business and personal credit scores and evaluate the company’s financial position, however they will also listen to the story. Many business owners have lower credit scores because all of their cash has gone in to their business and this sometimes creates issues meeting their obligations on time. The private asset based lender understands that an asset based loan will improve the company’s cash and allow them the growth opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have without access to capital. This especially true when considering loans to finance purchase orders or establish a supply chain line of credit.

What Asset Based Loan Is Right For Your Business? 

Our advice is to always check with your business bank first. They are the ones that have the experience with your business and it’s always prudent to confirm their ability to assist.

The facts are that most business owners do not qualify for bank loans. This is the reason there is a market for the private asset based lender. Private capital can be used as a bridge or as a permanent financing for those that prefer less oversight from their lending partner.

What Value Does Huntington Coast Capital Bring?

In a word, experience. We have decades of experience in the private capital and institutional capital markets. We navigate our clients through the options, saving them time and when finding the right asset based lending partner for their business. If your business could use some additional capital to purchase equipment, real estate or to finance growth opportunities, we would like to speak with you.

Call us to learn more 714-719-8966.

What An Asset Based Loan Can And Can Not Do For You

What An Asset Based Loan Can And Can Not Do For You

We occasionally receive calls from people who are looking to buy a business. The advice when seeking an asset based loan is always to target a company with at least some assets. Service companies such as accounting or legal practices for example, typically do not have hard assets that they use on a daily basis. This disqualifies the possibility of an asset based loan assisting in the purchase of the company.

What assets do lenders like to use as collateral for their loan? Essentially, any asset found on a company balance sheet can be used as collateral for a business purchase. These assets include accounts receivable, inventory, equipment and real estate. Ideally, a company has more than one of these available to be used as collateral for the lender.

When dealing with a new business acquisition loan request, the first course of action is to explore the SBA loan program and see if you can qualify for a government insured loan. The advantage of this loan is the low down payment of 10 percent required from the buyer. The disadvantage is that the SBA loan program is difficult to qualify for. The underwriting guidelines review the target company tax returns to ensure that the company can take on the additional debt used in purchasing the business. Tax return analysis is the most conservative form of cash flow analysis because everyone looks to minimize profits on their tax returns to avoid paying high taxes.

Secondly, the SBA is also required to take outside collateral when making a loan. This usually means a 2nd position on the buyer(s) residence. Not all applicants own a home, or if they do, have equity to offer in the home. The psychological effects of placing your home as collateral can also be a bit intimidating.

If the applicant can not qualify for an SBA loan, there are private money solutions available. Asset based lenders outside of the SBA program are a bit more flexible. They look at the collateral of the business and see what cash can be taken out of the existing assets. For example, if a company owns equipment and real estate, can those assets be leveraged and applied toward the purchase price? Another popular way of purchasing a business is through factoring the accounts receivable. Invoice factoring companies are asset based lenders focused strictly on the accounts receivable of the business to be acquired. By factoring the accounts receivable, they can make additional cash available for the purchase. For example, if a company has $1,000,000 in open accounts receivable a cash availability of up to $850,000 can be made available for the purchase.

The last piece is what is referred to as a “seller carry back.” This is simply an amount of the purchase price that the seller agrees to accept over the course of a payment plan agreed to between buyer and seller. Asset based lenders view this as equity, but also prefer that the buyer has cash to bring in to the purchase. Cash investment from the buyer is important because it keeps them invested in making the acquisition a success. If the buyer has no capital at stake personally, it is easier to walk away from a failed acquisition. Buyers prefer 100% financing and lenders want some “skin in the game” in order to keep the borrower invested.

Asset based loans can make your business acquisition goals a reality. However, buyers need to be realistic in their expectations. If a buyer has zero capital to put down towards the acquisition or the company targeted for purchase has zero assets, the likelihood of success is very slim.

Advice: if you are looking to acquire a business using mostly outside capital, make sure the business has hard assets and you have a portion to apply to the purchase price. What was not mentioned previously is buyer experience. You should also have some experience in the industry your acquisition is in. For example, purchasing a repair shop and have adequate prior experience as a mechanic.

If you would like to talk about acquiring a business, give us a call 714-719-8966.

To you success!

Patrick Zazueta
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

Best Factoring Companies And How They Assist Business Of All Sizes

Best Factoring Companies And How They Assist Business Of All Sizes

Blog articles discussing factoring companies, factoring loans, invoice factoring and all things related.

Factoring companies providing invoice financing are a reliable source of capital for companies of all sizes. Entrepreneurs seeking funding through traditional bank lending and through venture/angel investors face numerous obstacles in obtaining an approval, and most are rejected. Established companies seeking additional capital for growth are often declined due to the bank’s fear of over-leveraging a company.

Once thought of as the “lenders of last resort”, factoring companies are the mainstream source of capital for importers, distributors, manufacturers and service companies. Essentially, if your business is carrying accounts receivable on the balance sheet, factoring can unlock your cash flow and catapult your growth. Why wait 30, 60 or 90 days for your customers to pay? You get paid on day 1 when you use a factoring company.

Times have changed in the business world. Business owners need a flexible funding option that changes with those times.

If you would like to know more about how factoring can assist your business, please contact us.

To your success!

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

Can A Factoring Company Help My Business?

Can A Factoring Company Help My Business?

Blog articles discussing factoring companies, factoring loans, invoice factoring and all things related.

Most of the small business owners we speak to would love to be approved for a bank loan or partner up with the coveted “equity investor” and ride off into the sunset. The reality of it, however, is that very few small businesses qualify for traditional bank financing and do not meet the requirements equity investors look for.

There is a gap in expectations between what small business owners want and what private investors and banks want. What are they? Summarized below:

Small Business Owner – “I wish to become wealthy by using someone else’s money at a very low rate of interest and prefer not to personally guaranty the loan.”

Investor/Bank – “I want to lend money in a nearly risk free scenario and gain a handsome return on the capital invested.”

The end result is the “Golden Rule” or those the rule that states those with the gold make the rules. It is not uncommon to reach a stale mate after months of negotiations as a result of the gap created by these polar opposite ideals.

What we have found is that the conversation (if the business owner is looking to fund variable expenses) usually migrates to factoring company solutions or an asset based loan. Why? Because factoring companies provide easier access to capital and focus on your customer’s credit. Does that mean they aren’t concerned with their borrower? Not exactly. Both borrower credit and customer credit are important in the factoring companies eyes, but not to the same degree. If you sell on net 30 terms and invoice your customers, chances are you can obtain the funding you need with a factoring company.

The profile of an average business that is approved for factoring has some of the following challenging characteristics:

  • losses and/or negative equity
  • business owner not willing to provide a personal guaranty
  • start up or under two years in business
  • internal financial statements
  • contractors
  • tax liens or past due tax payments
  • contractors
  • poor record keeping

This is not a complete list, but shown to demonstrate the flexibility of factoring companies over traditional lenders. As your business grows, your factoring charges will decrease as the factor’s main interest is to grow with your business. We have some clients that choose to stay in their factoring relationship for the ease of use and minimal financial reporting requirements.

Factoring companies finance your operating capital needs, manage your accounts receivable and stay out of the way and let you run your business.

If you have questions regarding whether or not factoring is right for you, please call us for a free consultation 714-719-8966.

To your success!

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

What Is Your Invoice Factoring Rate?

What Is Your Invoice Factoring Rate?

What is Your Rate?

This is the main question when searching for a commodity finance product such as a commercial or home mortgage. Let’s face it, if I am refinancing my home mortgage, I do not care about the customer service of the mortgage company because I expect them to competently manage my mortgage needs. Further, I would not pay more for a perceived better customer service experience. My main concern, as with all of us when shopping for a mortgage, is rate.

However, in the entrepreneurial lending world, things are much different. For example, as a business owner looking to deliver on a sizeable purchase order you have been pursuing for months, cost is not the primary concern. Availability of cash is. This is because if you fail to deliver on your first purchase order, you will likely never receive another one from the same customer. Your reputation on being able to deliver is what keeps the orders coming in.

Asset based loans, such as invoice factoring, solve most liquidity problems for B2B business owners. We deal with business owners on a daily basis that are under extreme timeline and performance pressure from a customer they have been pursuing for months. Once the opportunity finally comes, they simply must deliver! They view their invoice factoring partner as a team member versus just an asset based lender. Because without the factoring company, they would not be able to deliver on their customer orders.

Our asset based lending sources need to earn a return that is commensurate with the risk they are taking. It is a return that will both assist the borrower in their growth goals and earn the lender enough to justify the risk of capital. A flexible invoice factoring loan that allows the borrower a chance to expand their top line revenue where one did not exist before through traditional financing avenues.

So, the rate discussion is obviously something that is covered, but not nearly as important as it is with commodity lending. Opportunity cost, or the cost required to earn higher profits for the company, is of primary importance in asset based lending. Invoice factoring is the most commonly used forms of asset based loans.

Asset based loans can also be secured against equipment. Click here to learn more about our sister company, EquipmentFinanceQuotes.com.

If your business could use a flexible invoice factoring company to grow and meet your full potential, we would like to speak with you!

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta | Founder
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

Invoice Factoring and the Lock Box

Invoice Factoring and the Lock Box

Our calls with clients always involve providing them with improved working capital for the growth of their business. This almost always involves a conversation on invoice factoring also know as accounts receivable factoring.

An invoice factoring agreement is a buy/sell agreement whereby the factoring company purchases a company’s accounts receivable for a period of time. This time period is usually up to 90 days with some exceptions out to 120 days.

The invoice factoring company will advance between 75-90% of the face amount of the invoice on day 1. The factoring company will then wait for the customer to pay. This alleviates the cash burden sometimes felt while waiting for customers to pay.

A key requirement in an invoice factoring arrangement is the lock box. A lock box is a dedicated address where all customer payments are to be made. Customer payments pay down the advance the invoice factoring company made against the invoice. The lock box provides the factoring company with a certain level of control when managing repayment.

Some clients have hesitancy with using a lock box. They are concerned with how factoring their invoices will look to their customers. Specifically, they are concerned with the customer thinking they are in financial trouble. This is not always the case. In fact, rarely is it the case. Fast growing companies use invoice factoring to fund the growth of their business. Not having the cash to fulfill orders makes the negative impression.

Combining invoice factoring with purchase order funding and/or supply chain finance will provide even greater cash flow options for the company. More on that in the next blog.

If your business is growing and invoice factoring could help eliminate your cash flow concerns, give us a call 714-719-8966.

To your success!