The transition to a more e-commerce-focused economy has been underway for more than two decades. At this point, it is no longer a trend but a permanent (and dominant) piece of the consumer spending landscape. Such a reliance on e-commerce will continue to call for a reimagining of how asset-based lenders provide capital to businesses that sell their goods virtually. In a Q&A for ABF Journal, Derrick Wong of Pacific Premier Bank spoke with Jessica Bates of Dwight Funding about the ins and outs of asset-based lending to e-commerce brands.
If you haven’t heard of Marco Financial yet, you will soon. The “tech-enabled” factoring startup launched in 2020 with its sights set on the SME and trade financing world, specifically in Latin America. The company currently plays on the lower end of the capital spectrum, with most of its initial deal opportunities below $1 million, but with an impressive executive team, a heavy reliance on technology and the financial backing of some heavy hitters in the venture capital space, the company is poised to grow far beyond its current capabilities.
Global spending on advertising in 2020 is forecast to exceed $700 billion. Bernard Urban investigates the complexities of lending to this space where money moves like molasses and nonbank lenders are entering the game at an increasing rate.
Institutional investors, under pressure to deploy funds, have resorted to taking on even more risk. Hugh Larratt-Smith examines the proliferation of covenant-lite loans in the market and their implications for the industry.
Jeffrey Wurst examines two standards of the UCC for collateral description. He explains why lenders must exercise caution when intending to lend against collateral that is represented not to be part of a prior lender’s collateral package.
Food-related businesses are under stress. Why is this happening to industries that serve such a basic need? Juanita Schwartzkopf explores the causes of this trend, such as changes in consumer preferences, and says lenders and borrowers must remember that cash is king when it comes to today’s food chain.
Lenders and funds continue to explore innovative ways to include a wider pool of investors in the borrowing base. But care should be taken to understand the provisions of a fund’s constituent documents and side letters when considering such an approach.