Account receivable funding (also called Factoring) is an expedient means of acquiring working capital by selling the invoice (accounts receivable) for a product or service that has been rendered. Despite the advantages of factoring, many businesses do not utilize this financing tool due to lack of awareness or misconceptions on how it works.
Is A/R funding right for you? For the most part, this means of financing works best for small to mid-sized companies that don’t have much collateral yet or start-ups that haven’t developed an established relationship with a bank. A/R funding or factoring also fills a need for rapidly expanding companies who are outgrowing their operating capital.
Does A/R funding Funding Increase Working Capital? Yes. The main benefit of receivable funding/factoring is the increase in working capital with availability of cash on a regular basis. This ultimately improves the profitability of the business, maintains good credit ratings for the business, allows the business to take advantage of discounts for purchases, avoids interest and penalties, and funds expansion and growth plans.
Why not just a traditional loan? Receivable-based funding is contingent upon your customer’s creditworthiness, not yours. Unlike traditional sources, it’s not an issue if your company’s credit is poor or not yet established. You can avoid: restrictive covenants, tying up all your assets, giving up equity, the burden of periodic loan payments, and going through the yearly loan review process.