A Practical Cash Flow Loan ? What Type Of Working Capital Company Can Help Your Canadian Business

Updated: June 01, 2011

Naturally just the creation of additional sales revenue creates profit for your firm, but it's clear to every business owner that is simply not enough, given the investment you then have made in current asset accounts such as receivables and inventory.

One Canadian solution available is the conversion of short term debt into long term debt via a working capital term loan. This creates a long term working capital component to your financial structure. Small and medium sizes firms can source this type of solution via a government related bank - larger firms can utilize mezzanine or subordinated debt type financing to accomplish the same goal... only from a larger perspective.

Not often thought of as a cash flow loan, but in reality it is the creation of a sale leaseback for assets your already own. You in effect sell the assets to a lessor or working capital company and create a similar cash flow loan along the lines of the term loan we had reference above. All these solutions achieve the same goal.

Probably the most popular method today of generating cash flow is the sale of receivables via a factoring or securitization type facility. The good news for Canadian business is that this type of financing is available for a 10k solution as well as a 10 Million dollar solution.

We seem to be continually explaining this type of solution to clients, and it's frankly quite simple to understand. It's your selling of your receivables as you generate them for cash flow... today. What makes it complicated, and we're not to proud of it we can assure you, is how the working capital company sometimes complicates things around how this whole process works, what it costs, and how it affects your company on a day to day basis.


When you exactly face the decision to go out and look for more working capital. Really it fundamentally comes down to three areas, starting a business, growing your business rapidly, and then simply financing those day to day activities because for some reason cash flow is failing you.

You have clear options in the Canadian business financing environment .Its a questions of knowing those alternatives and determining what is achievable based on your unique needs. Very typical fundamentals you should have under your belt are up to date financials, a strong sense of your cash flow needs (via a cash flow budget) and some ' education' on what facilities are available for a firm of your size and credit quality.

The premier working capital and cash flow loan solutions in Canada are as follows - receivable financing, a working capital facility that combines A/R and inventory, or a true asset based lending arrangement which replaces a bank facility but gives you higher borrowing margins. We of course also touched on the cash flow term loan earlier.

Three more esoteric ( but totally viable ) financing solutions for your business are purchase order financing, inventory loans, and financing your tax credits if you have access to them.

Featured Research
  • The Social Side of Service

    Did you know that 83% of Twitter users who tweeted a complaint said they loved receiving a response from the brand? In order to provide the best possible service to your customers, you MUST provide service on the channels that they are utilizing. Social customer service might seem scary and undefined, but can be much more effective and less expensive than traditional channels. more

  • Video Conferencing

    For many, the mere mention of video conferencing brings about bad memories of conference rooms full of people staring at a screen with dodgy sound, fuzzy images, and broken connections. What if we were to tell you that over the past decade, video conferencing solutions have evolved to where they are affordable to businesses of every size and have evolved beyond just the standard boardroom. Today, 74% of B2C marketers and 94% of B2B marketers use video in their marketing efforts. more

  • EHR Implementation

    More and more medical practices are selecting and implementing electronic health records (EHR) than ever before. In fact, statistics show that the number of practices who have purchased an EHR has doubled in just three years. That being said, many practices fail to prepare for their new EHR and thus do not gain the full benefits that come with implementing a solution. more

  • Selecting the Right EHR for Your Practice

    The purchase and implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system is no small feat and is a big step for a practice, small or large, to take. Selecting your new EHR is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your practice. more

  • 8 Ways Business Travelers Can Save with VoIP

    Do you or any part of your workforce travel for work, or even telecommute? If that answer is yes, then you should be utilizing mobile VoIP. With VoIP, businesses have been found to save as much as 40% on local calls and a whopping 90% on international calling expenses. more