A finance agreement gives you the ability to spread your costs over time as you use the assets.
Unless you are investing in vintage cars, premium wine or works of art, for example, it is a sad fact that the assets you are buying will depreciate from day one. What’s more, in the vast majority of cases, they will only return value over time too.
When you consider that using capital sees you paying upfront and in full, it’s not surprising that many people are switching on to the idea of spreading their costs in line with the return on investment over time.
Over recent years, the concept of treating your fit-out and furniture as a service has also become much more popular.
This is essentially what a finance agreement gives you – the ability to spread your costs over time as you use the assets.
Spreading the cost over time offers a number of strategic and asset lifecycle benefits above and beyond using capital.
Often in business, we sweat an asset for as long as we can. We stretch every last drop of value out of it until it either fails or becomes too costly to keep going. Then we are faced with having to spend a significant amount in a hurry, that we probably haven’t budgeted for, so our business is then not affected.
Asset finance takes this pain away, ensuring that your organisation always has the latest technology, equipment infrastructure or environment so that you have that edge in your market.
For a fixed, low amount each month, or quarter or annum to suit you, you never have to face large spikes in demand on cash flow again. Or face the prospect of using old tired equipment or office space. Once the agreement comes to an end, you simply enter into a new agreement for brand new assets and the cycle repeats itself.
Sinking capital into assets that depreciate from day one and only return value over time is very much questionable when it comes to determining the best use for your cash.
It might surprise you to know that a good portion of the 10k+ customers we work with are large, profitable and cash-rich organisations.
These businesses have strong financials and attract the best rates and commercial terms. Unlike those that need finance because they don’t have the available capital, many of which will have challenging credit profiles.
Furthermore, they recognise that they can make their cash reserves work harder for them by deploying their capital where it will make greater returns.
That could be staff, sales, marketing campaigns, online and web presence just to name a few.
Their finance teams understand the importance of return on capital employed (ROCE) and so freeing up capital to be put to work, generating greater profitability can be highly beneficial for them.
The impact of VAT, particularly for larger interior projects, can be a serious consideration with regards to cash-flow for some businesses.
Although most will be able to reclaim the VAT, depending on the timing of the refurbishment project, businesses will face, typically, up to three month’s exposure until they complete their next VAT return.
Most forms of leasing (excluding hire purchase) allow the VAT to be spread throughout the entire term of the agreement with the VAT due only on the amount of each repayment.
This helps cash flow but is particularly powerful for those who cannot reclaim VAT, softening the impact of that for any large project that they are considering.