The Most Important Metric Banks Look At For Your Business Loan

Banks & Financial Institutions consider various factors to assess your credit worthiness whenever you apply for a loan. Fixed Obligations to Interest Ratio (FOIR) is one of the most important elements of the credit appraisal process of any business or individual. This ratio helps in determining their loan eligibility by comparing the Current Fixed Obligations of the applicant to his/her Net Monthly Income.

The Current Fixed Obligations include all the fixed monthly obligations of the customer but exclude the statutory deductions such as monthly Provident Fund contributions, Insurance Premiums, Professional Tax, Charity, Recurring Deposits, etc., which in turn help in determining his/her maximum monthly repayment capacity.

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Operating Margin Explained. Ratio That Tells Your Business Apart

Every business has its own core activities which are referred to as the Operating Activities.

Operating Income or Operating Profit refers to the profit that a business has after paying for all its Operating Expenses that include raw material costs, employee costs and all other operating bills. It is the amount available to cover the Interest & Tax obligations of the business. The Operating Profit when divided by the Revenue from Operating Activities gives us Operating Margin or Operating Profit Margin. It is a type of Profitability Ratio which implies how much a company earns as profit for every rupee of its sales.

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Do you Understand Interest Coverage Ratio?

As a good financial management principle, it is always advisable to have an optimum mix of debt and equity to maximize your return on the capital invested into the business. Equity is the amount of capital invested by the owners of the business while debt consists of the business loans, mortgage loans availed from banks and financial institutions.

When one takes loans from banks, it has to service the debt by the regular principal and interest payments. So, indeed it makes sense to know how better placed you are in terms of servicing your debt obligations, especially the interest part.

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Is Your Business Deploying Its Assets Efficiently?

Every business invests in several assets to earn income. These may include fixed assets which include immovable property and machinery or current assets which include inventory and other working capital requirements.

Asset Turnover Ratio determines how effectively a business is deploying its assets to generate revenue. In financial terms, Asset Turnover ratio is defined as the ratio of Net Revenue of the company to its Total assets (which comprises of both Fixed as well as Current assets).

Thus, Asset Turnover Ratio = Net Sales / Total Assets

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Does your Credit Mix impact your Credit Score?

Your credit score reflects your credit habits to your bankers and therefore it is indeed important for you to be concerned about your credit score. As such, people are now getting aware of the importance to review their credit reports regularly. Even the regulator, SEBI, has acknowledged the need to regularly monitor the credit reports and thereby calls for one free report on an annual basis by the credit information bureaus. Reviewing your credit report indeed helps your diagnose your credit health. While your repayment record largely impacts your credit score, there are other matters impacting your credit score too.

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Here’s how You Can Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is the first thing your bank will check before judging you on other parameters like your salary, other loan obligations, your repayment capacity etc. So, a higher Credit Score should ideally help you get a loan at more favorable terms.

Recently, one of the leading public sector banks has linked the rate of interest to the credit score. Customers having a credit score higher than 760 will be charged 8.35%, those in the range of 725 to 759 points will be charged 8.85% while those having credit score below 724 points will be charged 9.35% on home loans. This spread of 1.00% indeed asks for a regular monitoring of your credit score and immediate corrective action in case of any misinformation stated therein. Other banks are also likely to follow in taking such a step.

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Ever wondered How Much Loan You can Get? Understand Loan to Value Ratio

Just imagine you need some funds for your new business but banks are not willing to fund the new innovative business model. You don’t have much savings to fall upon to fund your dream project. You can still get a loan by mortgaging your property for that loan. In banking parlance, it is referred to as Loan against Property (LAP).

You can get a Loan against Property (LAP) against your existing residential or commercial properties. However, the value of the loan you can avail of primarily depends upon the valuation of the property. Further, the bank and financial institutions need to have sufficient cushion towards decline/ erosion in the value of the property so mortgaged. This is where the concept of Loan-to-Value ratio comes in.

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Interested in IPL Scores? Your Credit Score is more important

Be it any business you own, this is that one score you should be worried about

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) currently into its last stages of the group matches, IPL fever has gripped the country. With the league moving into the knockout stage in few days, the excitement can only get better and higher. Even when we are hanging out with friends, we are more interested in knowing the match score and keep checking our smartphones for the latest updates.

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