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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Gearing Ratio evaluates the financial structure of the company. It indicates the ratio of capital raised through debt to that raised through equity. In other words, it is the measure of financial leverage of a company. It is also known as Debt-Equity Ratio.
It can be computed by dividing the company’s total debt (both long-term as well as short term obligations) with the shareholders’ equity. Thus,
Gearing Ratio/Debt-Equity Ratio = Total Debt/ Total Equity
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Once you have decided to apply for a small business loan, it helps to have an understanding both of your circumstances as well as the business loan lender’s perspective. This will help to improve the odds of success, and apply for a loan type and amount that is suitable to both your needs and your capacity.
Here are 5 important questions you should ask and answer before you apply for an unsecured business loan:
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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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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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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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Loan Frame is a Fintech company which focuses on SME borrowers through an approach that marries technology with market knowledge, best practices in lending, and world-class processes. It has grown rapidly both in terms of number of clients as well as network of lenders.
Here’s why applying for a loan via Loan Frame makes eminent financial sense for you.
1. Marketplace model gives you choice
Loan Frame is a business loan marketplace. What a loan marketplace does is it collates various lenders of all types – banks, NBFCs, and any other finance company – on a common platform. This effectively makes you a buyer who chooses which seller to buy from rather than the other way around. No more lobbying with bank business loan officers and relationship managers who can introduce subjectivity to the process. Our credit team lets you know which lender’s profile matches with your requirements and you choose who to borrow from based on the best available deal.
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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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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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