Category: General Business

O’Neal Steel… A Matter of Teamwork

When putting together and closing any asset-based lending deal, the ingredients that are needed include patience, communication, and capital, but most importantly for both the lender and the borrower, it requires teamwork. And it was a great amount of teamwork that led to the closing of a $350 million ABL for O’Neal Steel, led by U.S. Bank Asset Based Finance. We caught up with U.S. Bank’s Sam Philbrick and O’Neal Steel’s Michael Rowland to get the details of the deal.

Commercial Finance Software… Are You Still Driving a Hoopty*?

When in comes to your commercial finance software system, are you like the guy down the street who’s trying to squeeze five more years out of a clunker that’s held together with the technological equivalents of spit, glue and coat hangers? If so, the following article is a high-level overview of what it takes to pick out a sleeker model.

*Urban Dictionary defines a hoopty as any car that meets certain characteristics, including but not limited to requiring the driver to enter through the passenger side; requiring half a clothes hanger to hold up the exhaust pipe and the other half to serve as an antenna; and/or requiring the manual up and down movement of the turn signal to signify the driver’s intention to turn. (Variant spellings: hooptie, hoopdie, hoopdy. See also: clunker, jalopy)

Tomorrow Will Look A Lot Like Today

As we begin a new year, Stevan Buxbaum urges secured lenders to take advantage of the great opportunities that exist in tumultuous times. But, he advises, such opportunities will only pan out if approached with discipline, diligence and perhaps most importantly, the realism that was lacking in the days of irrational exuberance.