Financing Sr Ed Credits – Access Working Capital Via SR&ED Discounting

Canadian business owners and financial managers should consider financing Sr Ed credits as a source of working capital and cash flow. It is a unique and alternative financing strategy that monetizes your Sr&Ed tax credit, and has no long term effects of adding debt to your balance sheet. All you are doing is simply ‘cash flowing’ or receiving your refund now instead of waiting for a potentially long time for your government refund cheque.

Business owners who file claims under the program already are keenly aware of the power of this great Canadian government program. Hundreds of Millions of dollars are refunding annually to your firm and your competitors – why not get a step ahead of the competition and turn that SR ED credit into immediate working capital.

Naturally the amount of your SR ED financing is related very directly to the total amount of your filed SR ED claim. Therefore it is in the best interests of every Canadian business owner who files under the program to maximize the size of their claim. They do that by working with a solid accountant or SR ED consultant who understands the true nature of the program. It is a misnomer that your research and development must be ‘successful ‘in the true sense of the word. The reality is that a proper SR ED claim is often increased simply by proving that you had significant trial and error in those business processes and research that you are documenting.

Anyway, you are aware of the program; you have filed a claim, or are in the process of filing a claim. What now? Consider financing the claim and turning your refund into immediate cash. Clients we work worthy with typically utilize funds in a SR ED financing to reduce payables, invest in additional research, buy equipment, or focus on investing in more direct marketing and sales The bottom line is that when you finance you SR&ED claim funds can be used for any worthwhile corporate purpose.

How does SR ED funding work? It’s really complimentary to any type of business financing you have ever done. You are not taking on debt; you are simply converting a receivable, i.e. your SR&ED credit, into cash. The best and most easy way to think of a SR ED financing is simply that you are factoring or discounting your claim. The funds will be repaid to the SR ED lender when you claim is approved by the government and your provincial government. (There is a Federal and Provincial component to each Sr&Ed claim)

You can access approximately 70% of the total claim you have filed. If the claim has already been approved by Ottawa and you are just waiting for the confirmed refund the 70% loan to value we just referred to can even be increased in many cases.

Even more sophisticated firms that finance their SR ED claims annually are not aware that under the right circumstances they can receive funds even prior to filing! That process is called a Sr&Ed accrual loan. That’s really staying one step ahead of the competition!

Financing SR ED claims in Canada is a boutique financing. You accomplish it successfully when you work with a trusted, credible and experienced financing advisor re SR ED claims. The process involves a simply business financing application, copies of your SR ED filing, and miscellaneous business back up material to substantiate the SR ED loan. The total focus of the loan relies heavily on the actual claim itself, not the overall credit worthiness of your claim, as some might believe.

If you are filing SR ED you can stay ahead of the competition by considering of financing your claim. It’s a simple process that can be completed in a couple of weeks with your full co operation of back up info, etc. Your SR ED claim is already not repayable to the government, as it’s a grant, so consider supercharging that program by immediately monetizing your claim in valuable cash flow and working capital.

Film Financing in Canada Via Tax Credit Loans

Film financing in Canada (we’re including television and digital animation productions) has significantly benefited from the Canadian government’s very aggressive stance on increasing tax credits, which are non-repayable.

Unbelievably, almost 80% of U.S. productions that have gone outside of the U.S. to be produced have ended up in Canada. Under the right circumstances all these productions have been, or are eligible for a number of federal and provincial tax credits which can be monetized for immediate cash flow and working capital.

How do these tax credits affect the average independent, and in some cases major studio production owners. The reality is simply that the government is allowing owners and investors in film, television and digital animation productions to get a very significant (on average 40%) guaranteed return on the production investment. This most assuredly allows content owners of such productions to minimize the overall risk that is associated with entertainment finance.

Naturally, when you combine these tax credits (and your ability to finance them) with owner equity, as well as distribution and international revenues you clearly have the winning potential for a success financing of your production in any of our aforementioned entertainment segments.

For larger productions that are associated with well known names in the industry financing tends to be available through in some cases Canadian chartered banks (limited though) as well as institutional Finance firms and hedge funds.

The irony of the whole tax credit scenario is that these credits actually drive what province in Canada a production might be filmed. We would venture to say that the overall cost of production varies greatly in Canada depending on which province is utilized, via labour and other geographical incentives. Example – A production might receive a greater tax credit grant treatment if it is filmed in Oakville Ontario as opposed to Metropolitan Toronto. We have often heard ‘follow the money’ – in our example we are following the (more favorable) tax credit!

Clearly your ability to finance your tax credit, either when filed, or prior to filing is potentially a major source of funding for your film, TV, or animation project. They key to success in financing these credits relates to your certification eligibility, the productions proper legal entity status, as well as they key issue surrounding maintenance of proper records and financial statements.

If you are financing your tax credit when it is filed that is normally done when principal photography is completed.

If you are considering financing a future film tax credit, or have the necessity to finance a production prior to filing your credit we recommend you work with a trusted, credible and experienced advisor in this area. Depending on the timing of your financing requirement, either prior to filing, or after you are probably eligible for a 40-80% advance on the total amount of your eligible claim. From start to finish you can expect that the financing will take 3-4 weeks, and the process is not unlike any other business financing application – namely proper back up and information related directly to your claim. Management credibility and experience certainly helps also, as well as having some trusted advisors who are deemed experts in this area.

Investigate finance of your tax credits, they can province valuable cash flow and working capital to both owner and investors, and significantly enhance the overall financial viability of your project in film, TV, and digital animation. The somewhat complicated world of film finance becomes decidedly less complicated when you generate immediate cash flow and working capital via these great government programmes..

Asset Loans and Accounts Receivable Financing Solutions

Canadian business, during its search for new and innovative financing solutions keeps hearing about asset loans and accounts receivable financing solutions. These two types of financing for Canadian business owners and financial managers are a subset of what is known as an asset based line of credit.

The financing is newer to Canada, growing in traction and popularity, and still widely misunderstood as a total financing strategy for your company. Let’s clarify some of those myths and explore some of the benefits of these terms.

One of the main differences of an asset loan is that typically is financed through a non bank arrangement. You should seek this type of loan if you are unable to generate sufficient working capital to finance your business in a traditional Chartered bank environment in Canada.

In essence your receive financing and operating facilities, depending on how they are structured, around the various asset categories of your business – the two main asset categories are:

Accounts receivable

Inventory

In many circumstances you can also leverage equipment, and occasionally real estate.Clients then ask us why this is different from what they are used to – which is bank financing around these same assets. The answer is that a very strong focus is placed on the true underlying value of your assets – less reliance is placed on balance sheet rations, loan covenants, outside collateral, etc.

Most leases and operating facilities in a traditional bank environment are very cash flow focused. The irony of these types of calculations is very evident to the business borrower – that irony being that historical cash flow is used to forecast future cash repayment abilities. That quite often doesn’t work for many companies who are experiencing temporary challenges.

Asset loans, and asset based lines of credit focus on the collateral. Many clients we deal with have the collateral in A/R, inventory, purchase orders and new contracts, equipment, etc but can’t satisfy traditional cash flow lending requirements. That is why they are prime candidates for an asset loan, an asset based line of credit, or at its simplest and most basic form, a receivable financing that fully margins their accounts receivable with no set limit on future growth.

So now we understand what the facility is. How does it work on a day to day basis our clients ask? The answer is simply that it’s a facility that goes up and down, frankly every day, with your borrowing needs. As your receivables and inventory fluctuate you draw down against their current value. This optimizes the amount of cash flow and working capital available for sales growth and profit generation.

The security mechanisms around these facilities are very similar to any type of bank financing – that is to say that a first charge lien is placed on the assets being financed. Advances rates on accounts receivable and inventory are established and as cash is advanced and then repaid by your customers the cash is turned over to pay down your revolving balance. It’s as simple as that. The true beauty of the facility is that as you grow your facility grows with you – that is probably the most powerful aspect of such a financing.

These working capital facilities, predominately A/R an inventory based are becoming more traditional in nature ever day. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced advisor in this area – if you are not getting the financing you need to grow and prosper competitively then this type of solution may be exactly hat you are looking for.