SCF DECODED: How Supply Financing Can Change the Way SME Get Financed
Know Benefits of Supply Chain Finance for SMEs.
An increasing number of Indian businesses are putting their faith in a relatively new credit financing method that promises to optimise working capital flow while allowing them to focus on growth. As a result, Supply Chain Finance, abbreviated SCF, has enormous potential for closing the large gap between invoice generation and settlement. It can assist small businesses in the post-COVID market in addressing cash flow uncertainty and strengthening supplier relationships. Sahil Arya, Co-Founder and Director at Fat Tiger, DECODES How Supply Financing Can Change the Way SME Get Financed.
Benefits of Supply Chain Finance for SMEs:
1) Improves liquidity:
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"Extended credit lines of up to 120 days have been necessitated by the severe cash crunch being experienced by businesses on account of COVID-19. If the buyer faces a working capital shortfall, SCF can relieve the pressure on their accounts payable, helping them to focus on top-line growth," explains Sahil Arya.
2) No collateral required:
"With SCF, SMEs are no longer restricted in their ability to secure credit financing due to a lack of collateral. The pending bill serves as collateral for the bank's release of funds. Until recently, small business owners had to offer their personal assets as collateral to meet the lender's requirements. This improves small businesses' ability to overcome one of the most significant obstacles to running normal operations, particularly in the post-COVID scenario," he further said.
3) Lower cost of borrowing:
"In India, the average interest rate on working capital loans ranges from 12% to 16%. While such loans are significantly less expensive than traditional moneylender financing, high EMIs can strain SMEs, especially when business is slow. In comparison, supply chain financing has interest rates ranging from 2-4%, making it the clear winner when it comes to gaining quick access to working capital. When demand-supply cycles are uncertain, it is a much more sustainable form of business finance," he explained.
4) Provides strategic flexibility:
"SME buyers can use SCF to source low-cost products from suppliers and increase their profit margins. Cash discounts offered by suppliers for prompt payment can also be substantial. Buyers can foster an ecosystem of preferred suppliers by providing financing assistance, thereby increasing their competitiveness in a volatile pandemic-affected market. Cash flow disruption is perhaps the most significant challenge that SMEs face today, making timely credit access even more critical. SCF enables businesses to shorten the sales cycle and pursue growth opportunities more aggressively. For lenders, it can play a critical role in restoring market confidence, resulting in increased credit volumes - and growth - across the board," he concluded.
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