We wish. If only pricing and ‘ rates ‘ around accounts receivable financing loan rates were more easy to understand, and not so confusingly (is that a word?) presented to clients look for a/r financing, commonly know as factoring. We’re quite sure that thousands more Canadian business owners and financial managers would look at this unique for of business financing quite differently.
So if it’s not for the industry itself to explain how things work… you guessed it, it’s up to us!
You’re looking at accounts receivable financing because of the value you perceive in both growing, and yes surviving from an operational and growth perspective. Using growth as an example the financial reality is that as your firm does grow you require a greater investment in inventory and accounts receivable.
That investment hampers cash flow and working capital, unless you have discovered a way to get your clients to pay your firm before you have to pay your suppliers and employees. Most of our clients haven’t yet found that magic formula, so factoring has become one of several solutions.
In the majority of cases A/R finance is going to be more expensive than traditional financing you could obtain through a Canadian chartered bank. But no matter what pricing you achieve in Canadian A/R finance you can still offset this cost via supplier discounts you can now take, as well as the reality that you can now compete on equal footing with all your competitors. Bottom l line, you’re financed to grow!
But let’s get back to pricing and rates, which is why you came today! In order to be able to afford and use effectively accounts receivable financing factoring you must be in a postion to have solid, at a minimum reasonable gross margins. This can be achieved financially of course via pricing well to your clients, and having respectable overheads.
So what are the key factors that you need to wrestle down when trying understanding factoring pricing?
First of all you need to understand the advance rate. That’s the amount of funds you receive on your invoice that’s able to be provided to you immediately after you generate a sale. Typically you want to enjoy the maximum advance rate, which is 90% more often than not. Advances rates less than that are not advisable in our opining, and affect your overall pricing in a negative manner. So don’t ask the question ‘ whats my rate?’ make that instead whats my advance rate?
In accounts receivable loan financing its all about the discount fee. To most clients that that’s what they think the ‘ interest rate ‘ is on the deal. The reality , and this is difficult to understand , is that in factoring financing there is not interest rate, because the transaction is a ‘ sale ‘ of your a/r between you and your finance partner . Your receivables are ‘ bought ‘ at a discount that discount effectively being your carrying cost on the transaction.
We talked about the advance rate on your financing being an optimal 90%. But what about that 10% holdback? Ensure you get that holdback back when your client pays, immediately. That’s the facility you want to strive for, as the reserve plus the advance rate can significantly impact your overall financing cost in A/R finance.
We’re the first to agree with clients that factoring pricing can be complex. One of the reasons is quite simple; the firms that offer it to you make it complex. If you take the time to understand how this financing works, and is priced we’re quite certain the benefits will appeal much more clearly to your firm .
Want clarity and simplicity on your accounts receivable financing loan rates. Speak to an expert… seek a trusted credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist you in making the right decision s in A/R finance.