Looking to improve? Aren’t we all! Improving your business with respect to the acquisition of new business assets is a major decision for Canadian business. What is the current state of the leasing equipment market in Canada, and what finance companies are your best bet and why?
Even though you’re taking on additional debt when you acquire a capital lease option the committing of your cash resources can still be properly managed using an equipment financing strategy. You’re making the decision because you want to utilize the asset to improve productivity and profits.
We can certainly help our clients finance the asset, but it’s up to you to ensure you choose the right asset, negotiate a best sale price, and ensure the business asset meets your needs. The reality is of course that your leasing equipment decision is an important one – its an alternative to paying cash outright, or drawing down on credit lines you might have in place – and most of our clients agree that the ability to secure business credit for working capital is a large challenge these days, so using those funds outright for an equipment purchase doesn’t seem to make sense.
You have chosen a capital lease, or a lease to own option. The alternative was an operating lease, or a use and return of the asset and that hasn’t made sense this time around. Finance companies in Canada can structure payments that make sense for your firm. Typically clients have budget constraints, have some seasonality in their business… etc. This is typically when leasing makes more sense than a loan, because it’s so flexible and tailored to meet your specific financing needs.
In the current Canadian leasing equipment landscape and environment of 2010 /2011 you may well be expected to make some sort of down payment, but again, this is negotiable. Talking to your accountant might bring up further reasons why the tax advantages of lease financing might make you decision to finance an even easier one.
Finance companies recognize that you are in many cases using a leasing equipment strategy simply because you can obtain assets you might not be able to afford. These firms have only one mandate… approve and fund your leases! Consequently their credit people are experts in looking at your overall picture, which includes your firm’s financials, the value of the asset itself, which is of course the collateral, and your projected profits via use of the equipment.
Your decision to enter into a capital lease should be relatively straight forward; the challenge is often picking the right partner. The Canadian landscape is made up of hundreds of firms who have specialization, only regional representation, or in some cases your transaction will be viewed as too large, or too small. Navigating that maze is a challenge, so see the service of a trusted, credible and experienced business financing advisor who will help you get approved and negotiate the best terms possible. That added value along can improve your overall return on investment and make your decision to finance a solid one.