Thursday, February 04, 2010

Asset Based Lending Grows

Asset based lenders have stepped up to fill the capital gap caused by the credit crunch for borrowers both large and small according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

According the Journal, asset based lending may have increased by double digits in 2009 after an 8.3 percent increase in 2008. Given the article was focused on small business, it would have been more interesting had the Journal been able to learn the percentage growth of asset based lending for deal size less than $10 million.

The Journal notes that drawbacks of asset based loans include relatively high interest rates. Asset based loans can range as high as 35-40 percent per annum when a borrower is using factoring or purchase order financing. However, there are some lenders that will provide asset based loans at rates in the single digit range. Even the SBA has a program that provides asset based lines of credit at rates currently below 10 percent!

Also this past week, the Federal Reserve's January 2010 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices was released.

The January survey indicated that commercial banks generally ceased tightening standards on many loan types in the fourth quarter of last year but have yet to unwind the considerable tightening that has occurred over the past two years.

Expect to see asset based lending continue to grow in 2010!

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Tags : Asset based loans , factoring , purchase order financing , lines of credit , SBA loans

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