A SME's ideal gift would be making, selling, and then collecting the cash on its products before it has to pay its creditors. It would not need to worry about raising money, paying it back or paying interest or dividends. Its trade creditors would in effect be funding (gifting) the business with cashflow.
Amazon the global online seller has had that gift, but most companies can only dream of it. The reality is they need to spend money to buy stocks and invest capital in debtors who will not pay for months - far later than trade creditors need to be paid. For most companies therefore, working capital is not negative but positive.
Many companies do rely on their trade creditors for some of the funding, but that is far less than they need, so they borrow. This means they need to find the cash flow to pay periodic interest or if else face financial distress and ultimately insolvency.
Cash for Invoices Limited can buy one or more of the invoices companies send to their customers (debtors) to quickly release cash that the company can use - for example, to pay its debt interest or buy stock.
There is no commitment for the company to sell any invoices to Cash for Invoices Limited, so there is no facility in place. This means the company does not pay an arrangement fee or annual review fee. Nor does it give Cash for Invoices Limited any security (such as a director's personal guarantee or a debenture over the company's assets). All that is required is a single fee (the discount) plus a refundable retention of up to 10% of the value of the invoice sold to Cash for Invoices Limited. This retention is paid to the selling company when the debtor pays Cash for Invoices Limited in full and on time.
The retention is not a cash payment by the seller but a deduction from the amount Cash for Invoices Limited pays when it buys the invoice. So if the fee is say 2.5%, then with a retention of 10%, the seller will receive 87.5% of the value of the invoice. When the debtor pays Cash for Invoices Limited the full amount of the invoice, then Cash for Invoices Limited will pay 10% of the value to the seller. The net purchase price will therefore be (in this example) 97.5% of the invoice value.
Cash for Invoices Limited's single invoice purchase service helps sole traders and SMEs increase their cash by reducing their debtors outstanding, and so helps them to reduce their working capital.
For information on Cash for Invoices Limited's single invoice purchase service.
To get a free no-obligation quote on hoe much money could be received by a company by selling just one invoice, contact Cash for Invoices Limited.
What is an invoice?
Invoices are a form of trade receivable, i.e., they are an asset on a company's balance sheet representing money to be received by that company at some future date - at the time the debtor pays the invoice. At that time, the debtor (payer of the invoice) will no longer appear on the company's balance sheet and instead it will be replaced by an equal amount of cash (which is also an asset). There is no net increase or decrease in assets, merely conversion from one to another.
If that debtor does not pay, then the asset will be written off as a bad debt (a cost in the profit & loss account) and assets will then reduce (no cash came in). Granting time (credit) to buyers to pay for their purchases is therefore an example of credit risk for the company giving time.
If later - perhaps through credit collection procedures - the debtor pays the invoice, then the bad debt is added to the p&l as a profit (income) and cash increased by the amount received. The assets increase and are offset by an increase in profit (equity on the balance sheet). All is well again.
Selling an invoice to Cash for Invoices Limited
Before the debtor defaults, the company can sell the invoice to a company such as Cash for Invoices Limited that will offer to buy just one invoice when the company wants to sell. There is no commitment for the company to sell, and no commitment for Cash for Invoices Limited to buy. The company wants to exchange an invoice for cash - perhaps it needs the cash sooner than the invoice payment date.
Cash for Invoices Limited will make an offer after conducting due diligence on the selling company and on the debtor especially. The debtor is a key concern for Cash for Invoices Limited because if there is a subsequent default then Cash for Invoices Limited will not require the seller to buyback the invoice. The sale is therefore non-recourse and Cash for Invoices Limited has to suffer the consequences of a default. It will commence steps to recover the debt. These can include issuing letters for payment, appointing a solicitor, making a court claim, or making a claim under a credit insurance policy.
Retention to mitigate credit risk
To mitigate the potential costs of trying to recover payment on an invoice that Cash for Invoices Limited purchased but which goes into default, Cash for Invoices Limited will retain up to 10% of the value of that invoice from the purchase price. If there is no default (the debtor pays the invoice on time and in full) then Cash for Invoices Limited will pay the retention to the seller when the debtor pays the invoice.
Features of single invoice finance offered by Cash for Invoices Limited
In addition to being non-recourse, Cash for Invoices Limited does not require a commitment from the seller to sell all its invoices, nor will Cash for Invoices Limited charge an arrangement fee for a purchase. Cash for Invoices Limited will not ask for ongoing fees because there is no facility between the seller and Cash for Invoices Limited. The transaction is entered into whenever the company needs cash and Cash for Invoices Limited agrees to purchase the single invoice or multiple invoices. Compared to bank factoring facilities, Cash for Invoices Limited's single invoice finance service is far more simple and has no tie-ins and far fewer fees, just one.
Supplier invoice finance offered by Cash for Invoices Limited
Cash for Invoices Limited also helps companies who need more time. Why do they need more time? Because suppliers who have sent them an invoices are demanding payment but the company needs more time to pay.
In such situations, Cash for Invoices Limited can offer to buy the supplier single invoice for cash. That cash is paid to the supplier not to the company Cash for Invoices Limited is helping. Having got the supplier off the company's back, Cash for Invoices Limited allows the company the extra time it needs to get cash and then to use that cash to pay Cash for Invoices Limited for the supplier invoice Cash for Invoices Limited purchased.
Cash for Invoices Limited's single invoice finance service therefore helps companies (sole traders and SMEs) who either need cash or who need more time.
To find out more about Cash for Invoices Limited's single invoice finance service contact Cash for Invoices Limited.