Why asset finance?
Asset finance is a popular way to fund purchases and includes options such as equipment loans (also known as chattel mortgages), hire purchase and finance leases.
Demand for asset finance is highest among businesses with revenue of between $10m and $100m, with more than half using it to buy vehicles, equipment and machinery.
There are clear benefits for businesses that access asset finance. They preserve both their ready cash and their bank lines of credit. They also pay off the equipment over time, while it is generating revenue – effectively, it’s paying for itself. Business owners can also negotiate financing terms to better suit a seasonal or uneven cash flow.
Why consider an equipment loan specifically to fund cars and equipment? Chris Moldrich, CommBank General Manager Asset Finance, says equipment loans are by far the most popular asset financing option.
“While we offer hire purchase and line of credit facilities for those clients calling for it, the overwhelming majority of our business customers prefer a straightforward loan facility,” he says. “More than 90% of our current financing is through equipment loans. It allows the business to own and use the asset immediately. It effectively sits on their balance sheet and the business may be able to claim depreciation and interest for tax purposes. As the finance provider, we use the asset being purchased as security for the credit offered.”
An equipment loan has a similar structure to a fixed-rate traditional home loan or mortgage. Both fixed and variable pricing are generally available and repayments can often be structured around your seasonal cash flow.