Financing Terms

 

Automated Clearing House (ACH)

ACH is an electronic network developed to expedite financial transactions. ACH is able to process large amounts of credit & debit transactions, making it possible for direct deposit, vendor payments, and other bills. Many businesses are increasingly using ACH to receive customer payment, instead of using check or credit card.

Advanced Lease Payments

Many leasing transactions call for one or more payments to be made in advance of the lease term. Generally, these advance periodic payments will be applied to payments due at the end of the lease term. Advance payments are payable at the time of lease inception.

Capital Lease

Sometimes called a Finance, Nominal, “Buck-out”, or Dollar-Buyout Lease, a Capital Lease provides a fixed monthly payment as well as a guaranteed option to purchase the equipment for a nominal price at the end of the lease term. With a capital lease, there is no disagreement about the equipment’s value at the lease conclusion, as the buyout terms are part of the initial agreement.

With a Capital Lease, the lessee is considered to be the owner of the equipment and maintains full control of the residual value. Also, the lessee can depreciate the equipment. In this case, the lessee can record the equipment as an asset and the lease payments as liabilities on their balance sheets.

Conditional Sale Lease

Also called a Buck Out or $1.00 out lease, it is used when the life of the equipment is greater than the term of the lease.

Equipment Finance Agreements (EFA)

Fixed-term obligation with equal monthly payments, where the borrower is the owner of the asset and the lender has a security interest.  Comparable to a conditional sales contract or $1.00 lease agreement.  Unlike traditional business loans, credits lines or other financing, EFA’s do not have floating rates, restrictive covenants, require blanket liens, annual reviews or other conditions.

Fair Market Value (FMV)

Also known as a True Lease or Operating Lease, a Fair Market Value lease is known for its structure, which does not consider a full payout of the cost of the equipment at the end of the lease term. A benefit of this type of lease is that monthly payments are less than on a finance lease or bank loan. Generally, the lessee either returns the equipment at the end of the lease term or may be granted the opportunity to purchase the equipment at “fair market value”.

Payments under a Fair Market Lease are viewed by the IRS as rent payments and are 100% tax deductible operation expenses. Another feature of the Fair Market Lease is that neither the asset, nor its liability, need to appear on a company’s balance sheet. There are rules around the types of equipment that qualify for an Operating Lease, so you’ll need to work with your accountant before engaging in an Operating Lease structure.

Finance Charge

A Finance Charge is typically the cost of borrowing money. In a traditional loan or line of credit, this is assessed as part of the interest rate. With lease financing, it is covered within the Rate Factor. The total monthly payment in a lease will include the cost for use of the equipment, plus the finance charge for the use of the lender’s money.

Interim Rent

A common fee applied to lease contracts, often referred to as a pro-rated payment, Interim Rent is rent that will be paid for daily use of equipment between the time that the equipment is accepted and the time the lease begins. Interim Rent is a fee that covers usage of the equipment, and does not count as a payment.

Lease Termination Fee

A Lease Termination Fee is used to dispose of the lease contract and to release the UCC lien for the equipment.

Lien

A lien gives a creditor the right to claim a piece of equipment should the owner default on payment. This allows for your lender to repossess the asset they financed.

Master Lease Agreement

A Master Lease Agreement is similar to an umbrella agreement: it is a lease agreement that can be used to acquire multiple pieces of equipment on different schedules, without having to execute a new lease for each transaction.

Operating Lease

The operating lease is the original equipment lease agreement.  Commonly known as the Fair Market Value of FMV Lease.  Up until late, this has been one of the more popular methods of equipment financing for businesses, since businesses receive the tax advantage of writing the monthly payments.

 

Processing Fees

The Processing Fees associated with a lease transaction are used to cover the legal cost of generating & issuing the lease documents, any site inspection costs, and filing the UCC lien.

Personal Guarantee (PG)

Sometimes referred to as a “PG”, this agreement makes an individual liable for the debt obligations of a business in the event of a default. Should your business go under, a personal guarantee enables a lender to claim your personal assets as payment.

Quarterly Payments

For businesses that prefer it, we offer a quarterly, semiannual and annual payment plan. This option is restricted to specific industries and is offered on a case by case basis only.

Rate Factor

A rate factor is essentially the interest rate on a lease. A rate factor is based on the fact there is a set structure of regular payments scheduled for the life of the agreement. It’s easy to determine a monthly payment based on your rate factor. If your equipment costs $25,000, and you have a rate factor of 0.01, you simply multiply the two numbers. In this case, the monthly payment will be $250. The big difference between rate factors and interest rates is that the total payoff amount doesn’t change if you pay early with a rate factor.

Residual Value

Residual Value is the value of a piece of equipment at the end of the lease term, or the value of the equipment after standard “wear & tear” usage. In most cases, a significant portion of the financer’s yield in a transaction is based on the residual value of the equipment.

An experienced financing company will be able to accurately predict equipment’s Residual Value, which will help reduce lease payments for the lessee.

Seasonal Payment Option

If your business experiences some seasonal fluctuations in revenue, this program might be perfect for you. During the year your payments are adjusted to a lower rate for 3,4 or even 5 months. This lower payment allows seasonal businesses to work around the slow time without wiping out the bank account.

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Security Deposit

In a lease transaction, the Security Deposit is paid at the inception of the agreement and is meant to cover and damage caused during the lease term beyond standard “wear & tear”. The Security Deposit cannot be applied to any monthly payments.

Site Inspection

Prior to funding a lease, a Site/Equipment Inspection provides accurate on-site inspection of the assets. Typically the inspectors will verify the existence of the equipment, serial numbers, equipment condition, and will record any hours or mileage logged to the equipment.

Step Payment

Our step payment program allows you to make smaller payments for six months, nine months, or even a year. After the initial “step” your payments continue at the regular rate until the end of the lease.


Technology Budget Lease

Our Tech Budget Program allows your business to add equipment to your lease and maintain the same payment.

 

UCC Filing

When a business finances or leases a piece of equipment, the buyer & seller file documents to create a public record of a lien through the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Working capital loans are subject to a blanket lien under the UCC.

Underwriting

Underwriting is the process that a financial service provider, or lender, uses to determine the eligibility of a customer to receive a loan or lease. This typically entails a credit analysis and background check to examine employment history, business solvency, and other financial statements. Ultimately, underwriters are attempting to determine the risk associated with a lease or loan.

 

Zero Money Down

Your business may need 100% financing where no security deposit is required.


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