Today, more than ever before, we are witnessing how asset-based lending (ABL) has become an increasingly popular way of financing, which is due in large part to its flexible structure and fewer restrictions. This is especially helpful and worth knowing when you consider that your business plans may need to change.
Here we detail the many flexible options that come with asset-based lending.
ABL focuses on asset value instead of performance ratios
As we mentioned above, ABL loans are based on the value of your assets. But how in fact, can an asset-based loan have fewer restrictions? Well, what do the lenders behind a traditional bank loan value? Answer: Cash, and getting it back with interest. An asset-based loan (just like the term implies) is a line of credit that places greater value on the assets of a business as opposed to cash-flow ratios.
If you, as a potential borrower (or “partner,” which is how we at eCapital would consider you), apply for an asset-based loan, you would withdraw the funds as you need them, so you are not paying interest on anything you don’t need. There is also the added flexibility of getting more funding as you grow. You will have greater peace of mind and be more productive and of service to your employees and customers – which is perhaps your greatest priority of all.
Ability to fund outside-the-box solutions
With assets as collateral, lenders can devise more creative and personalized “outside-the-box” solutions that are easier to manage and control. This arrangement works particularly well for businesses in the food and beverage industry that experience seasonal off-cycles as well as ecommerce businesses that require more creative and proactive financing solutions.
Shorter turnaround times
Since the lines of communication are shorter, ABL lenders can react more quickly. For example, if a large, unplanned opportunity presents itself to your business, an ABL lender can react quickly and get you the financing you need to pursue that opportunity. This gives you, as a business owner, the confidence to go out and pursue new business/products that you might not typically go after. That’s because you know you will get the funding from an ABL lender. Traditional banks, on the other hand, don’t secure the funding until after the new opportunity is a done deal. This leaves you going into the deal blindly and not knowing if you’ll actually get the funding you need. The ability for traditional banks to grow with you can take very long within the business cycle. An ABL model is more instantaneous. The financing is available when you need it.
Summing it up
Time and again, we at eCapital have explained the benefits of asset-based lending. (Hey, it’s our specialty.) From the protection of a business’ equity to the great flexibility it provides, an asset-based loan lightens the worries customers might have if they choose a more traditional option. If the freedom an asset-based loan provides sounds too good to be true – it’s not! It’s all good and all true.
eCapital is a leading capital solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses in North America and the UK. With the resources to fund double-digit million dollar facilities, our flexible alternative lending solutions have been trusted by thousands of small to mid-size companies since 2006. Our customer base continues to grow as our reputation for dedicated service and forward-thinking solutions to even the most complex situations endure. Strong client relationships anchored in mutual trust are an essential part of our business model.
For more information about how our experienced team supports the capital requirements of businesses through all stages of development, visit eCapital.com