Monday, January 05, 2009

A Little Less Conversation

A little less conversation, a little more action please. All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me.

The words of Elvis Presley rung true in 2008 as business borrowers tired of hearing about TARP and TALF and were aggravated by the lack of action in the form of severely restricted business lending.

Will the new year ring in a little more action? Here's what I read in the last few days of 2008 which suggest early 2009 may not provide much action to business borrowers.
  • Don't expect the banks to aggressively lend their bailout proceeds. The corporate default rate for certain types of business loans may more than double to 8 to 10 percent putting further strains on bank balance sheets.

  • Is a bailout on the way for the commercial real estate industry? According to research firm Foresight Analytics LCC, $530 billion of commercial real estate mortgages will be coming due for refinancing in the next three years -- with about $160 billion maturing in the next year. Credit, meanwhile, is practically nonexistent and cash flows from commercial property are siphoning off. Default rates are expected to result in less lending to this sector. Some industry representatives have asked lawmakers to explore the idea of setting up a separate program aimed at boosting lending to commercial real estate only. Real estate bridge loan activity is likely to significantly increase.

  • Some asset based financing providers such as equipment lessors are seeing business decline. The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said that new-business volume decreased 33.1 percent in November from the previous November.
There's still money out there if you know where to find it. I just closed an asset based revolving line of credit deal shortly before New Year's for a firm with a great growth story. I'll write more about this in a few days.

Need help finding a little more action from the right lender or telling your story the right way for your business? Read "Matchmaking for Business Loans" and give me a call!

Tags : credit crunch , commercial real estate , leasing , asset based loans

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