Asset-Based Finance

DEFINITION of 'Asset-Based Finance'

A specialized method of providing structured working capital and term loans that are secured by accounts receivable, inventory, machinery, equipment and/or real estate. This type of funding is great for startup companies, refinancing existing loans, financing growth, mergers and acquisitions, and management buy-outs (MBOs) and buy-ins (MBIs).

BREAKING DOWN 'Asset-Based Finance'

An example of asset-based finance would be purchase order financing; this may be attractive to a company that has stretched its credit limits with vendors and has reached its lending capacity at the bank. The inability to finance raw materials to fill all orders would leave a company operating under capacity. The asset-based lender finances the purchase of the raw material, and the purchase orders are then assigned to the lender. After the orders are filled, payment is made to the lender, and the lender then deducts its cost and fees and remits the balance to the company. The disadvantage of this type of financing, however, is the high interest typically charged - which can be as high as prime plus 10%.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Acquisition

    A corporate action in which a company buys most, if not all, ...
  2. Management Buyout - MBO

    A transaction where a company’s management team purchases the ...
  3. Asset Base

    The underlying assets giving value to a company, investment or ...
  4. Merger

    The combining of two or more companies, generally by offering ...
  5. Corporate Finance

    1) The financial activities related to running a corporation. ...
  6. Asset

    1. A resource with economic value that an individual, corporation ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    Will Corporate Debt Drag Your Stock Down?

    Borrowed funds can mean a leg up for companies or the boot for investors. Find out how to tell the difference.
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What Are Corporate Actions?

    Be a savvy investor - learn how corporate actions affect you as a shareholder.
  3. Stock Analysis

    Dow Chemical: An Activist Investment Analysis (DOW)

    Read about how an activist hedge fund demanded changes at Dow Chemical. Learn about deal structure of the proposed merger between Dow and DuPont.
  4. Term

    What's a Vertical Merger?

    A vertical merger occurs when two companies that produce goods or services for the same finished product merge operations.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    4 Reasons Small Cap Companies Are Actively Engaged in M&As

    Read about the reasons why smaller-cap companies actively take part in mergers and acquisitions (M&As). In addition to new synergies, they also access new markets.
  6. Entrepreneurship

    5 Boston Startups That Emerged This Century

    Learn why Boston is a hot market for startups, and familiarize yourself with a few of the top startups that have emerged from the city.
  7. Stock Analysis

    Staples: An Activist Investment Analysis (SPLS, ODP)

    Learn about Starboard Value LP's investor activism with Staples Inc. Find out what strategies were encouraged by Starboard and if the activism was successful.
  8. Stock Analysis

    5 Big Tech M&A Deals in 2015

    Read about five of the largest M&A transactions by total value in 2015, and learn a little about how the companies involved might fit together.
  9. Stock Analysis

    5 Big Food Industry M&A Deals in 2015 (KHC, KO)

    Read about some of the most important M&A transactions announced in the food sector in 2015, including one of the most talked about deals in any industry.
  10. Markets

    The Biggest M&A Deals of 2015

    Here is a summary of 2015 M&A activity and a look ahead at 2016.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How long does it take to execute an M&A deal?

    Even the simplest merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are challenging. It takes a lot for two previously independent enterprises ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are some common accretive transactions?

    The term "accretive" is most often used in reference to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). It refers to a transaction that ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are some ways to make a distribution channel more efficient?

    While there are many ways to make a distribution channel more efficient, the three high-level ways to increase the efficiency ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How is a tender offer used by an individual, group or company seeking to purchase ...

    A tender offer is made directly to shareholders in a publicly traded company to gain enough shares to force a sale of the ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How does a company record profits using the equity method?

    A company that invests in another company and has majority control of it would record profits using the equity method. This ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How does horizontal integration allow companies to share resources?

    In a horizontal integration, a company either acquires another company or merges with that company. This allows the resulting ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  2. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  3. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  4. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
  5. Ponzimonium

    After Bernard Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme was revealed, many new (smaller-scale) Ponzi schemers became exposed. Ponzimonium ...
  6. Quarterly Earnings Report

    A quarterly filing made by public companies to report their performance. Included in earnings reports are items such as net ...
Trading Center