What is Selective Invoice Discounting and how does it work?
Selective invoice discounting is a means by which a company can finance its operations by receiving cash in the form of a loan from an unpaid invoice. A finance provider will lend the company a percentage of the value of the invoice for a fee.
The company can then have access to cash on its unpaid sales thereby improving its working capital and investment opportunities when cash flow is short or business is slow.
It remains the responsibility of the company to issue the invoice to its customer and chase up payment.
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How does selective invoice discounting work?
A company will make a decision that it wants to release some capital from a selected unpaid invoice. It will then assign the invoice to a selective invoice discounting provider.
The provider will approve the invoice and come to an agreement on its terms and conditions. This will include a quote and terms on conditions of repayment of the loan. The loan quote will cover up to 95% but in most cases around 70 to 85% of the value of the invoice.
This amount will be advanced as a loan to the company.
The loan plus the finance provider’s fee is to be repaid subject to the terms and conditions agreed. The company will receive the outstanding balance of the invoice once they have received full payment from the customer and it is up to the company to chase up outstanding debt.
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What is the difference between selective invoice discounting and spot factoring?
With selective invoice factoring the company selects an unpaid invoice and then receives cash in the form of a loan from the financial provider for a percentage of the invoice amount. The company is responsible for chasing up the value of the invoice and paying back the loan.
With spot factoring the company sells its invoice to a 3rd party financial provider for a percentage of its value, the finance provider is then responsible for chasing up payment from the customer, the company is no longer in control of that.
Advantages of selective invoice discounting:
- Available to a wide variety of business's including new starters
- Releases cash locked into customer invoices
- No long term contracts with the financial provider
- Increased cash flow for the company, increased working capital, reduced need for overdrafts orother debt facilities
- No security required, just an unpaid invoice
- No impact to the company on relations with customers. The discount company has no contact with the customer
- The company selling the goods and services maintain control over sales receivables
- Confidentiality is maintained as suppliers and customers don’t need to know that finance is obtained against sales invoices
- Company and customer benefit as company has cash and customer has credit facilities helping to maintain good relations
Disadvantages of selective invoice discounting:
- Discounting company charge a feww for the loan so profit margins are decreased
- Comparisons should be made with other forms of loans as they may be cheaper
- Stakeholders may not be happy with this form of finance
- Only available on commercial invoices
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It's still early days so I may alter this review at a later date. However with retentions and concentration limits and other items, were finding were not getting 85% up front, were probably getting nearer 70% Also when a customer pays the remaining allegedly 15% due to us seems not to be credited to become available. For instance a customer paid Â£6918 and a customer paid Â£1300 hence we should see an extra Â£1330 available (15% of both these payments). However availability seemed to go down and not up by Â£1330 !!! Hard to work out where this 15% has actually gone ? I'll re-submit this review when things become clearer.
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