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If you are looking to invoice discount it is worth considering your options very carefully. Different invoice discounting companies operate in very different manners. Depending on how your business operates it could make a huge difference to the amount of working capital your facility generates and also how much the finance costs.

Let’s take a quick look at these 2 areas and see what can happen:

What can impact on costs when invoice discounting?

  • some companies operate a simple charging structure with just a service fee and a discounting fee. Other companies will charge for a variety of additional costs that are not always transparent. Additional fees can include set up fees, arrangement fees, audit fees, renewal fees, minimum service fees, minimum base rate¬†and a whole list of other disbursements. I have been approached by some businesses where the disbursements were more than the main service fee. In effect this was more than doubling their expected costs.

What impacts on cash generated when invoice discounting?

  • beyond the obvious prepayment percentage are various variable that can impact on the amount of cash a facility generates
  • these include the overall facility limit, individual debtor limits, concentration limit, what invoices can be notified, the recourse period, etc..

Elsewhere on the forum I have gone into more detail but I just want readers to be aware that they should be looking beyond headline rates on both pricing and prepayment. It is imperative that any invoice discounting facility is set up properly and for that you need expert independent advice.

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