Merchant cash advance is a form of receivable financing. It is not a loan! In fact due to the cost of the money if it were a loan the only state it would be legal is Nevada. The way it works is that a merchant takes an amount of money and agrees to pay back a set amount, the amount the merchant pays back ranges from 1.33 to 1.49 or for every $1000 you will pay back between $1330 and $1490. Payments are made through “split batching” a process that takes a portion of each days credit card purchases to pay off the set amount owed. The obvious benefit of this type of system is no monthly bills and in fact this is not a credit liability and is not counted in the income to debt ratio.
First Merchant Funding has pioneered a new program to fund those businesses whose owners can’t even qualify for the relaxed underwriting requirements of regular merchant cash advances. With this new program only the merchant’s monthly statements are used to determine eligibility. The amounts available are not aggressive at first but after completing a cash advance successfully that merchant is offered more money on subsequent advances.
Merchant cash advances are not new; this type of funding source has been around for many years. While these funds are expensive they have several advantages over conventional loans. In general lenders want to see the Five “C’s”:
1.) Capacity to repay,
3.) Good Loan Condition,
4.) Capital in his/her business, and
It is not unusual for banks to require additional security for new businesses or business owners with less than perfect credit, and not unheard of to put a second mortgage on the family home to offset the risk to the lender. Merchant cash advances are completely unsecured; however, you do sign a personal guarantee. Historically this money has been very attractive to the restaurant industry. The First merchant program is exceptional in that it removes any barrier a business may have to these unsecured funds. Please do not think in terms of the traditional business loan, since the underwriting requirements are almost completely different and not present in the merchant cash advance.
Banks will always look at your past activities and current financial situation in determining your eligibility for a loan, the merchant cash advance provider focuses on your past, present, and future credit card transactions. The target market for these loans are usually business owners whose paydex is less than perfect. That’s why I’m so excited to be writing this since a bad credit score is not a deciding factor in qualifying you. This is the main difference between this product and a traditional business loan. Furthermore, Merchant cash advance dose not require extensive documentation and oftentimes all you need is 4 months worth of statements, a completed application, and the phone numbers to your landlord.
Thus, you will find it much easier and faster to get a merchant cash advance than a bank loan, usually 24 to 48 hours compared to what could be months with a bank. Pre-approval are obtained within 1 hour. For most business owners, the approval rate of a business loan is very low even with SBA guarantees especially if you don’ t have excellent credit.