Contract Financing is the availability of working capital (sometimes called a mobilization draw) prior to the Government payment to a contractor before the acceptance of goods or services by the Government. You often see these with SME/MBE set-asides. Paragon has a robust Government SME/MBE Funding Program.
What are your Contract Financing Options?
It is a fairly simple process for even a startup to get funding against their accounts receivables. However, what financing options are available if you have just a signed contract or purchase order in hand and you need Contract Financing?
Key Points of Your Specific Funding Situation and Review Your Contract Financing Options:
1. Do you provide a Product or Service?
This is probably the most critical question. A contract or purchase order is a nice piece of paper until you live up to it. How can both you and your funding source mitigate the risk of the invoice not getting paid by your creditworthy customer because of quality, quantity or timeliness issues?
2. Does your Product Need Installed?
If the terms of your purchase order from your customer require installation from either you or another contractor, this adds another layer of complexity to your contract funding choices. We recommend that you have all your production and delivery steps laid out in a legible timeline so any lender can understand both your process and timeframe. Also, show us your product expertise and skillset.
3. Your Customer Type?
The creditworthiness of your B2B or B2G customer and their desire to help you and work with both you and your funding source is paramount. In addition, PO Funding can provide your customer with a Letter of Financial Capability to allay any fears they might have about your financial strength and how that might affect your ability to deliver on the contract or purchase order.
4. Do you Pre-Bill?
Contract Financing is transaction driven unless your balance sheet is strong enough for bank financing. For PO Funding to help fund your contract, the transaction must stand on its own merits. What do we mean by the transaction must stand on its own merits? Your margins, your customer’s creditworthiness, and product needs must be attainable and the contract has to be good for your business. Too low on margins or impossible demands make a contract unfinanceable.
5. Do You Bill Progressively?
Progress Billing is another variable that needs to be discussed. Again our goal is your goal, a satisfied customer. Your customer (the account debtor) makes the rules and it is difficult to ascertain their ultimate satisfaction until a job is at the completion stage. As mentioned above, please have all the job steps mapped out completely and make sure they match the contract’s language and your customer’s vendor agreements.
Why Choose Contract Financing with Us?
PO Funding has deep experience in contract financing. When strong balance sheet based traditional lenders, SBA lenders or traditional banks underwriting won’t provide business credit, PO Funding is there with a financial solution. Not only are we familiar with all the different types of contract finance, but we have funded in almost every industry.