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Factoring is a financial term that refers to a type of financial transaction where a business sells its invoices to a third party called a Factor at a discount for immediate cash. It is especially useful to ensure businesses have adequate immediate cash flow to meet their current obligations. You may now also hear it called invoice finance, invoice discounting, debt factoring, debtor finance, but the origins of factoring can be traced back to the worlds earliest civilisations from North Africa and the Middle East (Mesopotamia) dating as far back as 5000 BC when farmers and merchants used factoring to maintain a stable cash flow when the change in seasons caused their business to be less frequent.

Invoice FinanceNot long after that in ancient Egypt and Greece debts were first acknowledged in writing, which became the foundation of early business credit. But it wasn’t until the Roman Empire came to prominance and the first debt collection specialists appeared. They received a commission from the traders of up to 1% of the money collected from the debtor.

With the expansion of the Roman Empire throughout Europe, the Romans spread this concept to new territories as their empire grew, with the term factoring coming from the latin word Facere: a doer, someone who does something on behalf of someone else.

In ancient Rome a factor had a similar role in the business world as the factors of today. Roman factors helped businessmen and farmers conduct financial transactions take goods on consignment and expand businesses if crops and goods had poor seasons.

For the next thousand years after the fall of the Roman Empire this early concept of factoring kept developing with the first factoring communities in France and England emerging in the 13th and 14th centuries respectively. One of England’s first factoring houses, Blackwell Hall based in London operated as agents for the woollen trade.

As factoring became prominent in Elizabethan times, global traders such as The East India Trading Company and Hudson Bay Company both used factoring to fund their commercial empires. Whilst in France, King Charles VII had 300 factors to manage their countries trade.

An interesting fact is that factoring funded the Mayflower’s voyage to the Americas and so the pilgrims were the first Americans to ever use factoring and as such commencing the era of common law factoring in America.

The process continued to evolve until the 19th century when ‘Del Credere’ the foundation of modern factoring by independent factor companies was established. This is the term used to describe the practice where factoring companies were no longer aligned to any single industry and evolved to fund multiple growth sectors.

Factoring returned on mass in Europe after WWII when business was growing at a rapid rate but cash was in short supply.

TODAY

We now see factoring based in over 90 countries around the world and it has become and remains one of the world’s most popular methods of alternative finance. Governments, Reserve Banks and Financial Regulators from around the world view factoring as a safe and secure method of financing trade both domestic and internationally and it is seen as an instrumental tool to support the growth of SME’s.

Now also known as invoice finance, invoice discounting, debt factoring, debtor finance, the product continues to evolve to accommodate an ever changing landscape but the foundations continue, supporting business navigate through the challenges of cash flow management and credit terms both offered and expected.

KEY FACTORS BRIEF

In Australia, companies like Key Factors have dominated the scene for the past three decades. Key Factors was established in 1989 and is Australia’s largest privately owned and non bank aligned Factor Company, based in WA and with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We assist Australian businesses throughout a broad range of industries, release funds tied up in unpaid invoices, consequently improving cash flow.

Businesses that qualify for Key Factors assistance must have B2B sales on credit terms, and the invoices provided must be for goods and services that have been completely delivered. Once verification of the invoices has occurred we provide up to 80% of the invoice value to the business in as quick as 4 hours. The remaining 20% is provided upon the invoice being paid in full to Key Factors (minus any fees accrued).

Debt factoring is very beneficial as it allows businesses to have instant access to money owed, and this money can then be used to pay suppliers, reinvest, and take advantage of early payment discounts.  Factoring can help your business to grow to its best potential.

If you are concerned about a lack of cash flow due to slow payment of invoices, speak to our specialists at Key Factors. We offer:

  • No lock in contracts
  • No audits ever
  • No minimum volume
  • No ongoing monthly charges
  • No property security
  • Application approval within 48 hours

Key Factors has experience in a number of industries including, Manufacturing and Wholesale, Mining, Transport, IT and Business Services, and Recruitment and Labour hire.  Those companies that would benefit most from Key Factors debt invoicing services would generally have an annual sales turnover ranging $500,000 to $30 million with a significant proportion of customers providing goods and services on accounts.

Want to learn more about how Key Factors could help your business? Speak to an expert cash flow manager now on 1300 884 100, or enquire online today.

With the sudden increase in wind up applications for SMEs – could you be in danger?

In recent months, businesses owing the ATO (Australian Tax Office) $100,000 have been wound up, as the new crackdown kicks in. This indicates a clear change of focus, likely to be due to the Government’s attempt to recover unpaid revenue.

With applications by the ATO to wind up companies soaring, the message is clear – get a payment plan in fast. Otherwise your company could be at risk.

Invoice Factoring Companies In PerthThe ATO are toughening up

With Western Australia poised for blow out, as debt levels surge and revenues dive, the ATO have been forced to get tough. Thus resulting in them taking quicker action to recover debts, such as company winding up proceedings and initiating bankruptcy proceedings.

Wind up action explained:

When a court orders a company to be wound up, an official liquidator is appointed to sell the company’s assets and distribute the resulting funds to the company’s creditors.

This action will be taken up if a company has failed to pay its debts and has not been able to make a suitable payment arrangement.

Why the sudden stricter rules?

Previously, the ATO would usually have waited for a company’s debt to them to reach around $340,000 before taking action. However the new standard is coming in on average at $93,000 – showing a huge drop.

The motivation – the government has a strong desire to recover funds.

Given the ATO is a substantial driver of the current volume of insolvency appointments, the expected increase in debt recovery action by the ATO results in taxpayers who fall behind not having so long to resolve issues before the ATO makes the decision for them.

After a business is wound-up, their assets are then liquidated in order to cover the unpaid tax bills.

Alternative Finance is a must – consider flexible invoice finance

Last year, thousands of businesses where closed down to meet unpaid tax bills, showing just how important it is to be able to access alternative finance for urgent commitments such as tax payments.

This policy is not a new one and was actually updated back in June 2013, stating that the Government would be taking firmer action, although, until now it appears that they had not been keeping on top of the stricter policy.

Who will it affect?

Small and medium sized businesses appear to be the ones suffering from the hit.
Many SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) can show profit on paper, but still suffer from poor cash-flow. Not only can this mean they struggle with urgent payments, but also often prevents growth of a business. This is where Debtor Finance and flexible invoice finance comes in.

How the wind up action could affect you

Invoice Financing PerthNow the ATO have warned you that they will be taking legal action earlier, plus issuing penalties in order to collect unpaid revenue – you are lucky enough to be able to take action before it is too late.

Factoring can give you piece of mind and more opportunity.

How using a factoring company can prevent your company being affected…

The answer to avoiding the wind up action is simply – pay your ATO bills on time. However, sometimes this is easier said than done. If there is a gap between when a bill is due and when a clients payment is made, that is where the issue occurs.

Factoring enables you to draw funds from your accounts receivables to pay your ATO bills. To have this explained in further detail, click here.

Next steps:

With the number of wind-up applications lodged by the ATO steadily rising, as a small business you could be next.

For small businesses that looked at the July 31 tax payment deadline with dread – you’ll never want to feel that way again. Make sure you have funding in place to cover the pressing payments, oppose to scraping through, or worse, not making it to the following year.
Planning ahead is the key – address ways you can manage your cash flow more effectively, such as alternative finance to reduce risk of any financial shocks or hidden fees.

Far too many businesses are leaving it too late to seek assistance, take note from the recent ATO activity:-
1. The ATO are more aggressively pursuing debts, even as little as $93,000
2. A winding up application is the last step the ATO will take after the ATO has exhausted all other recovery options, so don’t leave it till then
3. Any business with an outstanding taxation debt and no current repayment arrangement in place is at risk of being wound up by the ATO.

Are you at risk?

The best opportunity for recovery for a business is to seek professional advice early.

Act now to find the funding you need to meet your tax obligations.

With over 30 years of experience and offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, your business is in safe hands.

Call 1300 884 100 today to find out more.

Invoice FinancePost the GFC, more and more SMEs are finding it difficult to secure finance due to Banks tightening their credit policies and preferring more asset based lending. The extended waiting period to get access to finance have also prompted some SMEs to seek alternative source of funding like Invoice Finance to provide them with immediate cash flow injection, as they really needed the funds yesterday.

Below are some key benefits associated with Key Factors flexible Invoice Finance Service:

No need for real estate security

At Key Factors our Invoice Finance Facility relies on the quality of the client’s ledger. This helps companies attain the much needed finance support, where they would otherwise struggle to secure funding by not being able to provide property security.

As your business grows, your facility grows with you

Key Factors Invoice Finance facility is designed to support growing businesses, where the cash you access is directly proportionate to your sales. So the more sales you make, the more cash you can get, without the need of additional security.

Flexible Funding

Key Factors Invoice Finance Facility allows you to draw funds from as much from your invoices as you like, or as little as you like, and there is no requirement to finance your whole ledger.

No on-going monthly admin charges or annual charges

Our Invoice Finance Facility has no monthly admin charges or annual charges. A flat daily discount charge is applied on usage, so you will only pay for what you use.

Fast Approval

A quick response is provided within 48 hours of receiving an application.

Quick Funding

As the need for funding arises, you can draw up to 80% on the face value of your invoices in as quick as 24 hours.

For more information on how our Flexible Invoice Finance can help your business call 1300 884 100 and speak to us today.

Invoice Debtor FinanceInvoice debtor finance is great for companies producing invoices and have commercial clients on accounts.  Invoice debtor finance allows these businesses to maintain a constant cash flow despite payment delays.

At Key Factors we believe all companies can use invoice debtor finance to improve their cash flow, although some businesses may benefit more than others. These businesses relies on invoice debtor finance to service growth, and meet their operational expenses.

Businesses suitable for invoice debtor finance

Start-Ups

Businesses with limited trading history may find it hard attain finance due to their limited trading history. If you are a start-up business with a high level of outstanding receivables and a large client base, Key Factors factoring finance may be the best solution to improve your working capital.

SME’s

Like start-ups, SMEs may find it hard to gain sufficient finance support. Restrictive lending at times requires real estate security, or strong trading results. At Key Factors we assess the strength of your receivables, where the cash you access is directly proportionate to your sales.

Companies with high receivables

Cash tied up in unpaid invoices can restrict a business from further growth or getting on top of operating expenses. By factoring your invoices you can get up to 80% on the face value of your invoices, in as quick as 24 hours. This allows your business to maintain a more constant cash flow.

Companies with slow payments

Slow payments can put a halt on business operations and further expansion. Instead of waiting 30, 60 or even 90 days to get paid, factor your invoices today and release the cash tied up in your unpaid invoices, whenever you need it.

How does invoice debtor finance work?

  1. You invoice your customers for goods or services and send Key Factors a copy.
  2. The factor then gives you up to 80% of the value of the invoice.
  3. The remaining 20% of the invoice is credited to you as soon as the customer pays, less any accrued fees.

Call us now on 1300 884 100 to find out more

 

Ever consider using an invoice discounting facility to improve your cash flow and get on top of ATO bills?

The problem

Invoice Discounting FacilityFor new and growing businesses, it can be difficult to keep on top of ATO bills and make payments on time. There are so many practical aspects of setting up or expanding that tax administration can often be the last thing that gets done. Also, if your business is growing significantly your tax obligations may change from one period to the next, making it tough to keep track of.

For peace of mind and for compliance purposes, it’s a good idea to pay your ATO bills on time. However there may be a gap between when your bill falls due and when your clients or customer pays you.

The solution – invoice discounting facility

Invoice discounting facility enables you to draw funds from your account receivables to pay your ATO bills. For example, you have an ATO bill due but there are not enough funds in your account to make the payment as you are waiting on payments from your customers. By using Key Factors factoring service you can get up to 80% on the face value in as quick as 24 hours to immediately pay for the ATO bill.

Key Factors have assisted SMEs from a wide range of different industries including but not limited to labour hire and recruitment agencies, manufacturing operations, wholesalers, commercial cleaners, mining companies, and transport/logistics groups. Having access to immediate cash flow by factoring invoices not only allows you to meet unexpected ATO bills but can also help to alleviate a range of cash flow issues.

Flexible invoice discounting facility

If you have found that cash flow and ATO bills are a recurring problem, you may wish to consider establishing a invoice discounting facility. There is also no minimum and no long-term contracts with Key Factors invoice discounting facility and you will only pay for what you use. We also offer fast 48 hours approval and it is relatively simple to apply.

Call us now on 1300 884 100 to find out more