Whenever an SME (Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises) business wants to get business loans, it can get very frustrating because most of the qualities required to get the loan are structured with big businesses in mind. This is understandable because financial institutions would like to plug into developing companies but they do not want to bear a large proportion of the risk that comes with this move. It is, therefore, a common trend that SME businesses in India have limited options when it comes to capital financing. However, this is not only particular to India as developing countries also face these impediments.
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A credit score is a major deciding factor for banks to grant you loans and also to decide the terms and conditions on which the loans are to be given. Banks prefer borrowers with low outstanding balances, long credit history and high credit score. A good credit profile and high credit score are viewed positively by lenders. It also puts the borrowers in a position to bargain for better terms and conditions and draw loans at best available rates. On the other hand, it might get difficult to even get loans with poor credit score, leave aside the question of interest rates. Hence, it can be rightly said, “better the credit score, better the interest rates”.
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We first make our habits and then our habits make us.
Bad financial habits deplete your hard earned money, landing you in debts. Instead of regretting the bad financial practices, it is better to be prudent and take wise decisions related to your finances and create wealth for future.
Let’s have an insight into some financial habits you must avoid to ensure a healthy financial future:
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Debt/EBITDA Ratio is commonly used by analysts and creditors to assess the creditworthiness of a business. It is used by your bankers to ensure that the company does not default in honoring its debt obligations and generates sufficient cash to pay off debt liabilities as and when it arises. Before putting any funds in a business, the bankers need to be sure that their money would be safe and would be repaid in time. This assurance is obtained by looking at the Debt/EBITDA ratio.
Debt/EBITDA ratio can be expressed as below:
Debt/EBITDA Ratio = Debt / EBITDA
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Financial ratios are used by lenders to make a decision on whether to provide finances to a business or not. These ratios can be used to evaluate the overall financial position of a business. To build up a strong credibility before its lenders, a business must strengthen its financial ratios.
The financial ratios are classified into four main categories, namely, liquidity ratios, activity ratios, solvency ratios and profitability ratios. Profitability ratios are a measure of the profitability and earnings of the business. One such important ratio which draws the attention of investors is the Return on Net Worth.
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A business may extend credit to its customers for the goods sold & services rendered to them and frame appropriate credit policy suitable to the business. Credit policy indicates the credit period that a company will offer to its customers. A credit policy should not be too liberal that it results in defaults, nor should it be too strict that it restricts sales. Ageing analysis of accounts receivables helps a business in framing an appropriate credit policy and also helps to analyze the category and quality of its debtors.
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Debt service coverage ratio is a ratio commonly used by lenders to assess to the credit worthiness and financial health of a business. It gives a comfort to the lenders if the company generates sufficient cash to pay off its current portion of debt as and when due. Before putting any funds in a business, the lenders also need to be sure that their money would be safe and would indeed be repaid in time. Debt service coverage ratio serves the purpose.
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Profitability ratios indicate the company’s ability to generate revenues over and above the operating expenses of the company during an accounting period. Of all the profitability ratios, Net profit margin is the most closely followed ratio by the shareholders.
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The performance of the business can be evaluated by having an insight into its financials. To build up a strong credibility before its lenders, a business must strengthen its financial ratios. The financial ratios can be classified into four main categories, namely, liquidity ratios, profitability ratios, solvency ratios and activity ratios. Activity ratios are the financial tools that are used to evaluate the ability of the firm to convert its assets into cash or cash equivalents. One such important ratio is Receivables Turnover ratio.
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Your credit score is the mirror to your lenders in terms of your repayment habits and to some extent, your reliance on debts. Thus, it is important for you to have a good credit score. Reviewing your credit report indeed helps you understand your credit health but understanding what is impacting your credit score is also important.
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