.44 Caliber Commercial Loan Request — How to Tie it Together

Earlier today we were composing an LOI for one of our lending partners — a private equity group when two business partners walked in our offices. By the look on their faces you would have thought someone just shot their dog. We’ve seen the look before so we knew what was coming. They’d been turned down by four lenders. They asked us if we could get them financed and if so how soon they could get funds.

We have a lender that likes the potential of the type of project they have but looking through their loan request it only took us about 20-minutes to see what the problem had been. They still had several loose ends that need to be tied down before funding could be successfully completed.

This scenario is not uncommon. We all want the funds made available to us effective “yesterday”, don’t we? Sadly, that’s rarely possible regardless to how much or how little money you want. Sure, this borrower was only looking for a little over a half million dollars, but he hadn’t really thought things through.

Whether you are raising capital through institutional sources or a private placement, it can be a daunting task. Not only can it take an unsettling amount of time for management but, even for the most experienced, it can significantly increase your anxiety levels while running a business. While it is important to identify your best sources for financing, it is also critically important to focus on tying together all of the necessary components in the transaction.

Why? Because, when properly structured and executed, a good financing deal can lead to accelerated growth as well as increased profitability. However, when it is ill conceived or over-priced, the results can be disastrous.

Conditions change within the financial markets on a consistent basis. To access the funds you need, ask yourself, have I done everything possible to make sure the necessary revenue to service the debt will always be available over the term of the loan? Is there anything else you can do to ensure the loan proceeds provide the returns you want like contracting in advance for your raw material or feedstock? Did you get signed purchase contracts and service agreements from your customers? Have you got your insurance coverage ready to go as soon as the loan or investment is available?

Every day, we talk with developers and borrowers that claim they can’t get these things until they get financed. Yet, we see other developers and borrowers do it every day. And when you consider, it is VERY rare that one can get financed for more than a few thousand dollars without them in today’s lending environment, isn’t it worth the effort?

When venturing into such a dynamic arena with so much to gain, it is only good business sense to rely upon funding professionals with the experience and skill that can get you across the finish line.
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