May 19, 2020

The 'Wisdom' of Borrowing for Small Business

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business growth
money matters
Business Banking
Bizclik Editor
5 min
The 'Wisdom' of Borrowing for Small Business

Written by Victor Green

Borrowing money is often a necessity for a growing and expanding a new business, but it’s also one of the least understood parts of business management. So, what is the best way to go about it?
 
First, use some common sense. (Unfortunately, the first lesson you’ll find in business is that “common” sense is often rare.) Only borrow money that is well within the means of the business. In other words, can you afford the repayments and the interest over the length of the loan? It may seem obvious, but it’s an important consideration to take.
 
Once you’ve decided to take a loan, maximizing on your assets and taking the largest loan possible is not the way to go! Here’s why: let's assume you have assets of $1 million and you borrow 70 percent ($700,000) against this. This heavy leverage will require a large repayment schedule.
 
All well and good - but only if you can more or less guarantee that you have, and will continue to have, continual cash flow into your business, and are making profits that will last the length of the loan. Today no one knows this for certain so let’s look at the risk of this loan situation.
 
For the sake of this exercise, let's say the interest rate is 6 percent, fixed over 10 years. The interest will be $42,000, plus capital repayments of $70,000 over the 10-year period of the loan. Capital repayments, plus interest in year one is $112,000 or $9,333.00 each month. (In reality, the interest payments will decrease each year because of the annual reductions of capital, but these figures are a good starting point.)
 
If your planned business expansion – the reason for borrowing this money – is good and if you increase sales and profit using this loan you should be able to afford the repayments. However, that’s two big ifs. There is always a danger when you take a large loan and get stretched by the repayments.
 
The other downside to this loan scenario is that you have maxed out on your assets, and collateral, and have no financial movement. To me, this could be a slow, self-inflicted punishment of an over optimistic businessman.
 
I would prefer to utilize a smaller amount of my assets and make the business grow within my control. This way, I would not be putting all of my eggs in one basket. If I had $1 million in assets, I would use $250,000 against a loan, still leaving me with some assets to use if needed. If things do go wrong, you can you handle it with the remaining equity and the business you still have. Keep your cash flowing into your hands, not those of the lender!
 
When you are maxed-out, the rates offered by the banks are usually off the chart. The bank will pressure you into reducing your debt and you will be forced to sell an asset when the market is low. You will achieve a price less than you expected.
 
When one of my businesses failed, and I was indebted to the bank, I could demonstrate that I had a way of paying them back, even though it was over a longer period. No big deal for them, as they got more interest. The point was to convince the bank that I could meet the commitment to them. How did I do this?
 
Having your assets free of loans, or with small loans against them, gives you better borrowing power. Being able to offer a mortgage free building against a loan, or one that has little debt, puts you in the driver’s seat. If you have a valuable asset, you can go to any bank and negotiate. Much different to being told, “This is our offer, take it or leave it.”
 
Some final tips:
  • Try to build up as many tangible assets as possible. Real estate, for example: get it paid off or with a minimal loan. You then have something to use when you need cash to expand and grow your business.
  • Don’t make the tax deduction carrot the reason to borrow and get in debt. For me, paying tax is a treat. The more I paid, the happier I was!
  • If you use up all of the equity in your property, you lose leverage and control of your assets and become vulnerable where someone else can ring your bell.
  • Above all else, remember that borrowing money does not make a bad idea a good one!

Sure, fortune favors the brave. I believe success in business is about taking risks – but only ones that you can calculate. Make sure you assess the risk of borrowing carefully and consider the full extent of financial problems if things go wrong. When in doubt, invest in tangible assets and remember: having a business heavily mortgaged is like driving a car with the brakes on. Many smart people have ruined a good business because they are over geared.

About the Author: Victor Green, author of How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying, has a long record of founding and growing businesses in a variety of industries. Now retired, he lectures and mentors small business owners and new entrepreneurs in conjunction with SCORE and the US Small Business Administration. Above all else, he encourages his clients to 'invest in common sense.' For more information, visit: www.howtosucceedinbusiness.com.

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May 3, 2021

Dell to sell cloud-based iPaaS Boomi in US$4bn deal

Dell
Boomi
Cloud
Acquisition
Kate Birch
3 min
Francisco Partners and TPG Capital agree to acquire Boomi – provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service – from Dell Technologies for US$4bn
Francisco Partners and TPG Capital agree to acquire Boomi – provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service – from Dell Technologies for U...

Global investment firm Francisco Partners and private equity platform TPG Capital have entered into an agreement with Dell Technologies to acquire cloud-based integration platform as a service provider Boomi in a cash deal valued at US$4bn. The deal is expected to complete this year.

“Boomi has flourished as part of Dell Technologies, growing exponentially since we acquired them in 2010. This proposed transaction positions Boomi for its next phase of growth and is the right move for both companies, our shared customers and partners,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Dell Technologies.

“For us, we're focused on fuelling growth by continuing to modernise our core infrastructure and PC businesses and expanding in high-priority areas including hybrid and private cloud, edge, telecom and APEX. All designed to help organisations thrive in the do-from-anywhere economy.”

Dell’s Boomi sell-off follows VMware spin-off

This announcement comes just two weeks after Dell said it would spin-off its 81% equity ownership of VMware to form two standalone companies. This would result in an expected US$9.3bn cash dividend payment to Dell, which says it will use those funds to pay down debt.

When Dell acquired Boomi in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, Boomi offered the industry’s only pure SaaS application integration platform, powered by its revolutionary AtomSphere technology. Dell saw Boomi as addressing one of the top barriers to cloud adoption at that time, which was managing and integrating cloud-based applications with existing applications and databases.

Now, Boomi has more than 15,000 customers globally and is still seen as a leader when it comes to organisations connecting applications, processes and people across a range of locations and devices – a process that can take weeks rather than months.

“I am incredibly proud that through innovation, passion and relentless execution, the Boomi team has created a unified platform for the modern-day hybrid IT landscape that thousands of customers worldwide depend on to digitally transform their business,” said Chris McNabb, chief executive officer of Boomi.

“By partnering with two tier-one investment firms like Francisco Partners and TPG, we can accelerate our ability for our customers to use data to drive competitive advantage. In this next phase of growth, Boomi will be in a position of strength to further advance our innovation and market trajectory while delivering even more value to our customers.”

Francisco Partners has invested in more than 300 technology companies since its launch 20 years ago and has more than US$25bn in assets under management.

“The ability to integrate and connect data and workflows across any combination of applications or domains is a critical business capability, and we strongly believe that Boomi is well positioned to help companies of all sizes turn data into their most valuable asset,” said Dipanjan Deb, co-founder and chief executive officer, and Brian Decker, partner, at Francisco Partners

Nehal Raj, partner, and Art Heidrich, principal, at TPG Capital added: “The need for automation and data integration across applications has never been greater. Boomi's cloud-native platform enables enterprises to streamline business processes and is essential for driving digital transformation.”

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