Alfandari is a market leader in asset re-finance solutions. We unlock the capital in any old equipment, machinery or vehicles to raise funds for your business.

By releasing cash locked in your assets we ensure the stability of your business. For example, you can use the funds to enable swift recovery from bad debt or financing balloon payments on existing loans. The capital released can help to repay bank overdrafts or reduce monthly payments on existing hire purchase or lease agreements. You can also use the fresh injection of working capital to fund expansion plans and stimulate further growth and development.

Advances range from £10,000 to £1 million, Asset refinance (sale and lease back) is facilitated on a hire or hire purchase agreement with repayment terms ranging from a minimum term of 12 months up to 5 years. Repayment profiles can be tailored to meet your individual business requirements, taking seasonality into account.

Could asset refinancing benefit your company?

This is an area of asset finance which is extremely popular and offered by most high-street lenders, it is a very effective financial tool for raising capital for your business and injecting cash flow.

If your company owns assets such as equipment, machinery, property, technology, software or any fixtures and fittings you can sell them to the finance company who will pay you the agreed invoice price for the assets taking into account other security given to support the refinance agreement.  You continue to use this assets/equipment as before and pay the finance company the regular agreed monthly payments shown on the offer and finance agreement.

Asset refinance can make a company more flexible by allowing it to react to a change in market conditions or respond to a financial problem such as a bad debt. It can also help to free up capital so that a firm can take advantage of a new business opportunity or help with a start up.

When refinancing assets a finance agreement is signed between the customer and the lessor/finance company.   Repayments are made over a fixed period of time at monthly intervals and the monthly payments are fixed.  The exact terms of each agreement may be different and it may be possible to negotiate non-standard terms with a lessor. Asset refinancing companies will usually try to be flexible as it is a competitive market and many finance companies offer this product.

When using asset refinance, you will end up paying more than the original price of the asset and more than the amount you sold the goods to the finance company for over the term of the arrangement, in addition if you decide to settle the agreement early you will be liable to pay all the contractual payments which would have fallen due if the agreement was not settled, including any notice period.  No discount is given on settlements, however you will not be charged any extra settlement penalties either.    With its high tax advantages and tax relive available (subject to your situation) asset refinancing it is fast and relatively low cost way to raise funds though and the benefits of refinance often outweigh the extra cost involved.

When considering whether or not to accept any offer of finance we make to you. The finance offered will not be a loan but instead will be a sale and hire back arrangement. Under a sale and hire back agreement you will sell some of your goods to us and hire them back for a primary term requiring a notice period of 3 months to terminate and which will be followed by a secondary term until the notice period ends. At the end of the hiring you will be given an option to regain title to the goods sold.

The refinance agreement does not have an interest rate as it is NOT a loan, the easiest way to work out what you will pay back is to add up all your payments due.  To try and calculate an equivalent interest rate (which would be for example purposes only) you can add together all the payments due less any tax relief then you will have an equivalent interest rate after tax relief. All tax relief figures are based on 20%.  We recommend you request & review all our documents prior to entering into any finance agreement.  We do not give tax advice and hold no responsibility for the accuracy of any tax or equivalent interest rate calculations made, you should seek independent expert taxation advice from your accountant for verification on potential tax relief relating to your specific situation.

Once a finance agreement has been signed there is no cooling off period.  If you are vat registered, you may claim the vat back on the monthly payments and you will also have a vat liability upon receipt of the initial sales proceeds.

We will require personal guarantees and often other security such as a Debenture or legal charge which will be taken into account when assessing your application for finance.  If we are satisfied with the overall security offered and taking into account your financial position and credit worthiness generally, we may agree to provide you with finance even though the equipment you have to offer is relatively worthless compared to the amount you wish to be funded.

In the UK market, Alfandari has a quality range of products in the asset refinancing sector.

We do not offer business loans.  We offer unregulated asset refinance and asset finance agreements, the agreements will be either secured or unsecured dependant on credit, underwriting and situation.

You will be required to give personal and/or corporate guarantee(s) to support the finance agreement with your company and you may be asked to provide a guarantor to guarantee your businesses liabilities, in addition, dependent on agreement and amount borrowed and the credit status, we will require a unilateral notice or legal charge over your residential property and/or business property and/or any guarantor’s residential property. A fixed and floating charge over the assets of your company or any corporate guarantor (a “debenture”) will also be required.

You can settle our agreements early and there are no additional penalties for doing so, however, you will pay exactly the same amount whether you settle the agreement early or if you let the agreement run it’s full term.   The settlement calculation is simply, all the contractual payments that would have fallen due are added together along with any notice period and risk fees with no discount and this will form the settlement figure.  We suggest to clients that are considering settling their agreements early to use their surplus funds within the business or to put into an investment / high interest account, as settling our agreement early has no saving and no benefit due to the settlement procedure that follows our strict funding covenant.

IF YOU DEFAULT OR PAYMENTS ARE NOT KEPT UP ON YOUR FINANCE/HIRE AGREEMENT AND THE AGREEMENT IS TERMINATED YOUR SECURITY MAY BE AT RISK.
IT MAY ALSO MAKE OBTAINING CREDIT MORE DIFFICULT.

In instances where a borrower has fallen behind on repayments, or refused to continue making payments, the lender or lenders will have the usual rights to enforce their rights under the finance/hire agreement and legal charge’s.

This can include:

1. Enforcing any debenture held over the company assets and appointment of an administrator;
2. Notifying the customer’s bankers that any consent to the operation of the customer’s bank account is now withdrawn, potentially resulting in the customer’s bank account being frozen;
3. Appointment of a Receiver over the customer’s property or issue court proceedings to enforce their right to possession and sale of the property under the terms of the legal charge;
4. Placing a default on the customer’s credit file; or
5. Instructing repossession agents.

If you experience payment issues or your business stops trading, we strongly advise you to contact our customer services/collections department straight away who will try to help you and work with you.