Working Capital to fund the growth of business

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Hermes Capital provides Asset Based Loans to businesses in transition.

“Asset Based Lending” is commercial financing to a business with up to two components: a revolving working capital facility supported by accounts receivable, and; a term loan facility that potentially doubles the availability of funds, and is secured by plant and equipment, and or real property (usually via a first or second mortgage).

This month’s case study demonstrates how Hermes fills the gap left by the banks and other institutions in the SME market for commercial finance.

Transitional Situation

A food manufacturer needed to finance a new filling machine in order to fulfil new contracts it had won with two major supermarket brands.

Its credit however, was marred by court action against the business brought by the estate of a recently deceased shareholder.

The estate refused to consent to the new financing required, and the client’s bank, aware of the dispute, also refused to consent.

As a result, bank finance was not available for the purchase of the machine.

Asset Based Lending Solution

The cost of the new machine was $400,000. There was also a working capital requirement to fund the growth in the business that would result from the significant increase in sales the new contracts would bring.

Hermes negotiated with the bank and was able to arrange release of the bank’s security in return for Hermes paying out the bank’s overdraft.

Hermes then negotiated with the estate to obtain its agreement to the financing and introduced an expert lawyer when that became appropriate.

The gap in the market for commerical finance

Hermes provided a term loan, secured by property and the machine being acquired, to fund the purchase of the machine and the payout of the bank overdraft.

A debtor finance facility for another $500,000 was provided by Hermes to fund ongoing working capital.

The key elements for success in this matter were Hermes’ unique ability to structure the asset based loan that was a necessary adjunct to the debtor finance facility to make the deal work.

Hermes was also able to use its extensive network of professional services providers (in this case the right lawyer) necessary to negotiate the final outcome.


The client has now acquired the machine and is well funded to grow the business and make the most of the opportunities presented by the new contracts.