We've isolated 7 of those reasons (lucky # 7?) to demonstrate the general financing power of this Canadian business financing strategy.
Reason #1 - 80% of all companies in North America lease equipment at one time or another. Not a great reason you say? We at least hope that you'll agree that if your competition is doing something you should at least be aware or analyze why that the case. As you will see your competition has focused on issues such as working capital preservation, accounting benefits, and plain old convenience.
Reason #2 - Tax benefits. The last thing we want clients to do is get caught up in the whole issue of tax treatment of leases, let's leave that to your accountants and business advisors. But the reality is that there are significant benefits that are tax oriented when it comes to the product offering of lease financing companies in Canada. They include such critical factors as depreciation, off balance sheet financing, etc. Again, leave it to the experts, but it's a solid aspect of equipment finance in Canada.
Reason # 3 - Matching financing to useful economic life. What are we talking about? Just common sense really, which is simply the fact that one of the advantages of leasing equpment in Canada is that you can match the estimated useful economic life of any asset you purchase (from a photocopier to an airplane!) to your lease term. Technology is a great example of this, in that it depreciates quickly, has a huge obsolescence issue attached to it, and your ability to craft lease financing that matches the tech asset is huge. At the other ends of the spectrum, lease that corporate jet for 10, 15 or 20 years, there's an asset that hangs around for a long time!
Reason #4 - Solid lease rates. The great news is that Canadian equpment leasing and financing is on a total upswing as we head thru 2011. The industry has revitalized, recapitalized, and is very competitive. A lot of the lease finance pricing you obtain will be competitive to bank rates and other forms of finance such as term loans for assets.
Unfortunately many clients we speak to for the first time on asset finance are overly focused on rate. Our point is that it's a competitive environment, and your current credit quality will get you a good rate in the current finance environment, so you'd do a lot better, we feel, if you focused on some of those other advantages we're talking about.
Reason #5 - Assets. They come in all shapes and sizes for your firm and industry. Tech assets, production assets, etc. The only bottom line... simple... any asset can be financed using a lease strategy. So if the cost and turnover of assets is a constant consideration utilize lease financing as a regular ' refresh ' strategy.
Reason # 6- Measurements. Measurements? What we're talking about is simply that how your business owners, investors, or shareholders are measure can sometimes be significantly impacted by the assets you acquire. Return on assets, return on equity, ebitda, are key ways to measure whether your company is winning and losing. Lease financing can often impact all of these measurements, and depending on what your ' business scorecard ' is, can help you manage capital and assets.
Reason # 7- Last, but not least, isn't it always about Cash flow. It sure is, and if your company is either as start up or a Canadian Financial Post 100 firm you have cash flow challenges, issues, and measurements around that term. Lease financing allows you to eliminate a lot of those working capital worries, it minimizes or gets rid of down payment issues, pays the supplier and vendor promptly, and can provide 100% financing for your asset. Very simply, it conserves cash.