Investing in Invoice Financing vs. Investing in Term Loans


Some
of our investors may have already heard of our new product: Invoice Financing.
But perhaps some questions remain on why it is a worthy addition to our list of
products, how it is different from our regular peer-to-peer loans, etc. We hope
this post will alleviate and dispel any confusion.

To
start, it may help to understand what invoice financing is and why a small
business may need invoice financing. Invoice financing is a product where
sellers (“Borrowers” in this case) sell the future receivables or invoices they
issued to their customers (“Debtors”) to get immediate cash, at a discount.
When the debtors pay their invoices, investors who bought these future
receivables would receive full payment and make a return.

A
small business, no matter how profitable or healthy, needs constant cash flow. Credit
terms of invoices (usually between 30 to 90 days) result in a time gap between
delivery of goods/services and receipt of payment. Invoice financing bridges
this gap by providing immediate cash up front. Certain businesses need running
cash flow more than others. Wholesalers are a good example – they always need
to buy more stock inventory. If most of their income is in accounts receivable,
then their cash cycle will be negatively impacted.

Compare
invoice financing to the more ubiquitous term loan. Invoice financing and term
loans have visibly different tenures. Our term loans’ tenures range between 3
to 24 months whilst terms of payment (i.e. tenure) for invoice financing
listings range between 30 and 90 days, typical of invoice cycles – this is a
great difference, and some investors are fond of invoice financing because it
takes much less time to get their full principal and interest back.

Another
key difference would be the risks involved. As invoice financing listings are
secured against the invoices, lesser risk is involved. Furthermore, an invoice
financing institution would not advance 100% of the borrower’s invoice to
buffer against any unforeseen circumstances. This reserve amount (as we call
it), will push the Seller to chase the Debtor for timely repayments as any
borrower woul want 100% of his invoice back rather than 80% the maximum
amount Funding Societies will advance payment for.

The
repayment and fee structures differ between the two products as well. For term
loans, repayments are on a monthly basis, while service fees are charged at 1%
of the monthly repayment. For invoice financing listings, repayments are only
made on the invoice due date, while service fees are charged at 15% of the
interest earned.

Of
course, certain things stay the same here at Funding Societies. Our credit
assessment of borrowers will remain rigorous. In fact, for invoice financing
listings, we’ll extend our assessments to the debtors as well. We will continue
with our monthly reminders and strong infrastructure in place to collect
repayments in case of payment delays. As per term loans, for each invoice
financing listing we put up, investors have access to a detailed factsheet to
evaluate the listing.

The
returns you can earn from invoice financing is comparable to term loans as
well, at around 8% to 15% per annum. So if you are interested in investing in
our new product,
click here to access
your “Browse Loans” page
if you already have an account with us.
If you don’t,
click here to sign up
now
!