Merchant Cash Advance Capital Equity
There are two kinds of Merchant Cash Advance capital: debt and equity. Both kinds are typically used by a company during its lifetime. Lenders have different objectives than investors and therefore look at different factors about a company when deciding whether or not to invest or make a loan.
Debt is money borrowed, which must be repaid at a set time period and generates income for the Merchant Cash Advance lender over that time period. Lending sources include not only banks, but also leasing companies, merchant factoring companies and even individuals.
Lending sources look primarily at two factors: how risky the loan is; and whether the company can generate sufficient cash to pay the interest and repay the principal. The growth potential of the company is secondary; the primary considerations are the track record and asset base of the company. Usually the debt must be secured against the assets of the company and very commonly must also be secured against the assets of the owner of the company, also called a personal guarantee.Merchant cash advances help businesses access cash when they need it most.
Assets of the company are not usually given full book value in securing a loan. In other words, if your inventory has a book value of $50,000 (or it cost you $50,000 to produce that inventory) a lending source will only give you 50% to 75% of that value. The reason being is that the lending source is not in your business and would have to quickly liquidate the inventory, rather than selling it at market prices.
Accounts receivable, or money that is owed to you from customers who have previously purchased your Merchant Cash Advance product but not paid for it yet, are also discounted. Using the same example, $50,000 worth of accounts receivable may only be worth 60% to 70% of that value to the lending source. Customers may not pay the full amount owed, or feel they have to pay for the product at all, if an outside lending source is demanding payment. And so on…with equipment, land, buildings, furniture, fixtures and what ever other assets the company has, the same general rule applies for Merchant Cash Advances.
Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:09 AM