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14th October 2019

Equity or debt?

The most common ways to inject cash into a business are through equity and debt – but which is right for you? Head of Banking and Finance at Thrings, Mike Tomlin, lays out some key considerations for readers of Business Leader magazine.  

Mike Tomlin

Equity finance

Investors provide funding in return for shares in the business and a return on investment through exit (usually a business sale or listing) within a relatively short period – commonly 3-5 years.

  • Advantages: It may be suitable when the investment is seen as too risky by banks or where cash flow cannot cover loan interest repayments. Investors can bring key skills, contacts and access to new markets.
  • Disadvantages: You will surrender a degree of power in decision-making and equity investors will often seek higher returns than banks.

Debt finance

Lenders provide capital in return for repayment with interest through products such as a term loan or invoice discounting facility.

  • Advantages: Monies are generally available for the term and interest fixed throughout, so you can budget appropriately. Repayment ‘holidays’ and overpayments can be negotiated.
  • Disadvantages: Loans typically contain financial and other targets and are often secured against business or personal assets (even your home).

Getting ready

Identify investors you feel are suited to your business and prepare a thoroughly researched business plan and realistic valuation. Getting the right legal and financial experts on board early is vital for the success of the business and its shareholders.

To download the full article, as published in the September/October issue of Business Leader (South West) magazine, please click here.

Get in touch with Mike Tomlin, or another member of the Banking, Finance and Secured Lending team to discuss securing your business’ capital needs.

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