Many traditional financing options are available to meet your tech finance needs, but where we think you really attain maximum benefits with lowest risk is in highly specialized areas such as off balance sheet financing and residual risk partnering and sharing.
Should you be financing your technology or buying it? The age old adage in equipment financing, whether it be technology IT financing or plant equipment leases is that if it appreciates, buy it, if it depreciates, lease it!
We can categorically assure you that the largest, smartest, most cash rich, and successful companies utilize the benefits of lease finance, whether it's one laptop, a fleet of laptops, or a server farm upgrade. (A server farm is simply a group of computers in a data center that run your business data - for reasons of balance usage, scale and security).
The most sophisticated approach to technology IT financing in the past has been the use of off balance sheet leases - these still are a very cost effective way of running your tech finance programs. The challenge is working with the right partner that allows you fairly, and seamlessly, to invoke your three rights as a lessee under this lease. Those rights are the ability to purchase when you want, upgrade, or return. Extending also plays into those rights - for example - you enter into a 36 mo fmv lease with the option of returning, but you need to use the equipment 5 more months, perhaps for a special project, or to run a new system in parallel, etc .
Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on what side of the fence you are on a lot of the pure tax and accounting treatment historically recognized by FMV type finance are going away with new internationally accepted accountant standards changes. However, let's be clear on this - your ability to secure lower payments, plus invoke your 3 rights under the benefits of IT operating lease financing still favor you, the lessee.
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