Business Finance through invoice discounting and factoring.
In the current economic downturn with many banks’ unwillingness to lend, businesses are finding it difficult to raise money to finance their activities using traditional sources such as an overdraft, credit card or loan facilities. Faced with this situation, many companies are turning to sources of income such as factoring and invoice discounting.
With factoring and invoice discounting, cash flow is improved by borrowing against invoices. Using this facility the company is usually able to access 80% of the invoice value immediately without having to wait for the normal payment period. There are three main ways to do this:
– The process of invoice factoring generally involves a bank (normally known as the Factoring company) taking over a company’s invoicing and credit control function. The factoring company makes credit available on raising the invoice. The name of the factoring company is stated on the invoice and the payment of the invoice is made directly to the factoring company. The factoring company will often manage payment collection and credit control.
– CHOCCs stands for Client Handles Own Credit Control. This type of factoring is similar to full factoring except that the client maintains responsibility for collecting payment of the invoices. It has the advantages that it will normally be a cheaper service and more control is maintained over the payment relationship with the company’s clients.
– Invoice discounting is similar to factoring in the sense that a factoring company will make credit available to the business as soon as an invoice is issued. But in this case the service is much more discreet. The company sends out invoices and collects payment in the normal way, but the factoring company’s name does not appear anywhere and debtors will therefore be unaware of their involvement.