Asset finance offers a number of benefits. However, one of the main advantages is that it allows businesses operating across a diverse range of sectors to put their growth plans into action, without having to worry about finding large sums of cash or taking a large sum of money out of the business.
It also helps businesses in fast-paced industries stay up to date with the latest technological developments, without having to constantly invest in new tools and equipment.
There are a range of different types of asset financing.
Depending on the type of asset finance you opt for, you will either be able to return the item to the lender after the borrowing period, take full ownership of the asset, or swap it for a newer version.
Asset finance includes:
Equipment leasing is a type of lending that involves a lessor buying an asset with the intentions of leasing it to you for a monthly/quarterly/annual fee. Leasing equipment in this way allows companies to access the assets they need without having to take large sums of money out of their business. Different lenders have different lending terms, but once you have agreed on a lease term, you can usually upgrade to a new model, extend the lease, pay the remaining balance to buy it, or return the asset back to the lender.
A hire purchase transaction is where assets are purchased and sold on the terms that they will be paid for in instalments. This means businesses can access the assets straight away but any goods purchased in this way will remain the property of the vendor until the last instalment is paid.
Financial leasing is where a licensed leasing company purchases an asset on behalf of its customer. In return, an agreement is made between the lender and borrower regarding an agreed series of payments which will need to be paid back. These usually include interest.
An operating lease is an agreement where the lessor takes a residual value investment in an asset such as equipment or technology. At the end of the contract term, the lessee can either extend the lease, return and refresh to the latest equipment, return the assets or purchase the assets. This type of agreement is typically cheaper than using cash to purchase on day one.
Asset refinance has been designed to allow businesses to release cash by using their own assets. This is also a great way to consolidate existing debt.
Any business, regardless of its size, can benefit from asset finance, especially SME’s looking to grow and access the equipment they need to do so. Allowing businesses to spread the cost of assets they need, asset finance is available to limited companies, public limited companies, and sole traders.
As a general rule of thumb, the vast majority of asset finance is usually provided over terms of between one and seven years. In some cases, depending on the lender’s terms, this can be longer. Agreed payment terms also vary depending on the terms of the contract.
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