1. Capital Preservation Leasing lets a company
conserve its working capital, allowing it to allocate cash funds for other purposes.
Cash tied up in fixed assets is no longer available to finance important profit
generating areas such as inventory, production, marketing, research and development,
etc. In addition, with a lease, Sales Tax and other Taxes are not paid up front
at the time the asset is acquired; but rather are remitted with the monthly
payments over the life of the lease.
2. Credit Preservation All businesses have
access to limited credit lines at their bank. Operating Lines, Demand Loans,
Mortgages and other term facilities must be kept within the bank’s total exposure
limit for that business. By using a third party leasing company to finance equipment
and machinery acquisitions, you are effectively opening new credit lines – credit
lines which normally require no down payments, and no outside collateral – while
preserving your existing (and future) bank borrowing ability. Top
3. Easier Budgeting Lease terms, payment streams
and purchase options can be tailored to meet most budgets. Skip leases, Step-Up
or Step-Down payment leases are also available to match a business’ seasonal
or anticipated cash flows. In addition, because most leases are based on fixed
rates the customer is not at risk due to interest rate fluctuations.
4. Financial Efficiency The revenues (or cost
savings) generated by the use of new equipment and machinery can be used to
pay the lease payments. Expenses are matched to the generated revenues – a sound
business management principle. Top
5. Flexibility In addition to tailored payment
streams, leases can be designed with different types of purchase options. Moreover,
leasing your business assets often facilitates easier upgrades, add-ons and
6. Tax Deferral Leasing may provide certain
tax benefits for a business. Consult your tax and legal advisors for advice
on the potential tax benefits of leasing. Top
7. More Purchasing Power Leasing can actually
give a company more purchasing power than when using either cash or bank loans.
Here’s how: by purchasing equipment with cash or borrowed funds, sales and other
taxes are generally paid up front. Thus, if a company had $100,000 available
cash or bank loan, they could only purchase approximately $88,496 worth of equipment,
as the other $11,504 would go towards payment of taxes (assuming a sales tax
rate of approximately 13%). Further, in the case of bank loans, generally the
bank will only finance a fixed percentage of the total cost of the equipment;
requiring that the business provides equity into the transaction, in the form
of a cash down payment towards the difference.
8. Financing of “Soft Costs” Freight, installation,
initial set-up costs, computer software, and many other initial costs associated
with an equipment or machinery acquisition can generally be included in the
cost of a lease, subject to certain limitations. This helps to significantly
reduce your initial cash outlay.