SME’s need to engage creative financial solutions

Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can benefit immensely by employing more resourceful financial solutions within their businesses and mainly via the debtor’s finance credit facility.

Gary Palmer, CEO of Paragon Lending Solutions, says SMEs that offer their clients more favourable credit payment terms can gain a significant competitive edge.

Palmer notes that many SME with huge potential for growth are struggling in the current economic environment. That may be partly because they are not employing more resourceful financial solutions within their business models.

He says cash flow restrictions inhibit entrepreneurs and SMEs from offering preferential credit terms to their clients, as they would be unable to fund from their own resources.

“In addition, these SMEs struggle to obtain finance from traditional lenders as traditional lending facilities, such as overdrafts, require collateral security such as property or other capital assets to access working capital facilities.”

Palmer says SMEs need to be more innovative in their financial management practices and should consider private lenders who provide debtor’s finance facilities.

“Businesses can obtain short-term working capital via a debtor’s finance credit facility, which uses the business debtor’s book as security. A debtor’s finance facility provides a business with the means to extend competitive credit terms to its customers, without running the risk of facing cash shortages or losing control of their debtors’ book.”

Debtor’s finance involves the purchase of an invoice from a supplier by a financier, who pays a percentage thereof within a few business days, giving the company much quicker access to the liquidity it requires.

“Customers will always seek suppliers who can offer them with extended credit terms, as this improves their cash cycle,” adds Palmer.

He says that a debtor’s finance facility will be especially beneficial to growing businesses with good customer relationships and a healthy debtor’s book. “Credit terms asking for deposits will be less attractive to costumers and early settlement arrangements might negatively impact the company’s profits. Early settlement discounts can range up to 10% which is way more expensive than the cost of a debtors finance facility.”

He adds that a financier’s average term ranges up to 5.5% for debtors with 60 day terms, so the business will lose more by offering discounts to its clients.

Palmer also says that disclosure of using this facility does not have a negative impact on the company’s customers because debtor’s finance has become a well-known and valuable tool and shows that your business is applying innovative cash management resources. “It is a flexible solution; as your turnover increases so the debtor’s facility will grow with it”.

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