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Receivables Discounting: Things You Need To Know

Receivables Discounting: Things You Need To Know

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Brian Tsang

What is receivables discounting?

Receivables discounting is when you use your accounts receivable as collateral to borrow money.

The loan amount usually ranges between 80% and 95% of the receivables value, which you will pay back with interest and fees to the lender upon maturity. 


In receivables discounting, you are not selling your accounts receivable. You simply use them to collateralize a loan. Therefore, you still own the receivables and are responsible for collecting payment from customers.


Here is an example of receivables discounting.


Receivables discounting example


  • You sold $20,000 of goods to your customer on credit.
  • You then secure a 85% loan using the $20,000 receivables as collateral.
  • You will repay the loan (with interest and fees), ideally after collecting payment from your customers.


In this receivables discounting example, you will be given $20,000 x 85% = $17,000 upfront. This amount plus interest and fees will be repaid on or before due dates specified by the lender.

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