The Business Acquisition Bridge Loan

Business Acquisition Loan

Have you attempted to purchase a business and you had a decent down payment but, could not qualify for financing? Is your seller motivated, and would they allow financing based on business assets? We may have a financing option for you. The business acquisition bridge loan is not based on your credit and your collateral, it is based on the cash flow of the business you are buying. This bridge loan helps you to buy and operate your business today while you build your financial profile to qualify for conventional long term financing.

Business Acquisition Bridge Criteria

These are the main factors the underwriter will review in our Business Acquisition financing.

  1. Down Payment – You must have at least 20% of the acquisition costs as a down payment. The funds are not sourced or seasoned, but are simply verified prior to closing.
  2. Experience – You must have at least 5 years in related experience. For example, if you are looking to purchase a restaurant, you should have had 5 years in the management or ownership of a restaurant.
  3. Seller Second – The seller is willing to carry a note for up to 60% of the purchase price.
  4. Cash Flow – The Bridge loan is based on the cash flow of the business. In reality it is a revenue advance not a loan. In essence the current owner is acceting as partial payment for their business future earnings ofsaid business.

The Terms of Bridge Loan

The amount of the advance and term of the advance is based on the financial strength of the borrower and the cash flow of the business. Therefore, every business will not get the same amount for a similar purchase price and credit profile. This is a matching loan program, and the purchaser can qualify up to the amount of their down payment assuming the cash flow of the business can support the payment. This is short term financing. The term is usually for three to six months. At the end of that term, if you need to you may qualify for additional financing.Optimally the business will qualify for long term financing.

Who Could Benefit From The Business Acquisition Bridge Loan

This is a niche program for business owners who want to sell and the buyer can not qualify for conventional financing immediately. Therefore, there are many situations and people whom the bridge program will help. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Seller Ready to Retire
  • Seller Ready to Relocate
  • Seller to Family or Friends
  • Seller to Business Partner
  • Buyers with Down Payment, but not perfect credit.
  • Employees who wish to purchase the company.

These are a few situations where the Business Acquisition Bridge Loan Program would be an means to finance the sell a successful business.


Stated Non Conforming Commercial and Investment Real Estate Loans Nationwide

Non Conforming Real Estate Loans

Will lend from $50,000 to $5,000,000 on commercial and investment real estate nationwide at competitive rates and terms. If your project does not qualify for bank financing but you do not want hard money terms this could be the program for you.  Typically to qualify for bank financing there is a minimum loan requirement, a minimum credit score, a minimum debt service coverage ratio, as well as other minimum requirements that you just barely did not meet. With make sense underwriting you can qualify for good rates and terms. This lender deals with commercial mortgage brokers nationwide.

Minimum Loan Amount

The minimum loan amount is $50,000. For commercial real estate this is very aggressive. Most banks have a minimum loan amount of $250,000, $500,000 or even $1,000,000 or more. Many agency programs start at $2,000,000. Therefore, many borrowers looking for small cap commercial funding will have a hard time acquiring the financing they need. With the low minimum requirements this fund is able to finance many borrowers that are otherwise left out. This is a great option for commercial mortgage brokers to add to the programs they offer.

Minimum Credit Score

The minimum credit score is 580. There often is a misconception by borrowers in that they believe that if there credit score meets the minimum they qualify for financing. This is rarely true. Rarely! The minimum credit score is only used to deny a loan, rarely to approve a loan. What is most important is the actual credit profile. A client with a 720 credit score and only one tradeline for $300 that is as an authorized user is not more credit worthy than someone who has a 580 score with ten accounts all maxed out yet they have a perfect payment history for the last 2 years. With that said the the fundability of any project is based on the toatal package. A project where; the loan to value is low (the equity is high), the debt service coverage is high, the property is fully occupied and has been for years with long term leases, and the borrower has substantial experience owning and managing these property types will most assuradely be financed in this program, even if the borrowers score is below 600. Likewise, that same borrower with no management or ownership experience, maximum loan to value project with low debt service coverage will not qualify. Most Commercial mortgage brokers understand the opportunity for their clients with less than perfect credit.

Minimum Debt Service Coverage

1.25% debt service coverage ratio is pretty standard in the industry. This program adheres to that for projects where the borrower has low credit scores. But if the borrower has good credit and experience owning and or managing the property type, the property could be vacant with no immediate debt service coverage and the project could qualify for financing.

Stated Income

Many programs require the borrower to verify their income. These programs often have a “global” debt service coverage ratio. This means tha in addition to the property generating enough income to service its mortage and cover all debts associated with it plus make a profit, the lender will review the income and expenses of the borrower plus all of the prooperties they have financed. The total income and expenses of all the borrower owns will be analyzed to determine if there is suffifient income to cover all expenses plus make a profit. Because this is a steted income program the only thing the underwriter reviews is if the property has an acceptable debt service coverage ratio. No tax returns are required in most cases. In the event they are it is just for post closing loan commitment for the file. Mortgage brokers like this option.

Property Types

Most property types considered. Any properties owned or being purchased for business and investment purposes are considered. This includes non owner occupied residential one to four unit properties, multifamily, mixed use, single and multiuse properties. Hospitality, churches, and funeral homes also are acceptable. Excluded projects are land, fix and flips, gas stations and any property with environmental hazard.

Other Underwriting Considerations

There are many other items that go into an underwriting decision such as down payment amount, cash reserves, borrowers ownership and management experience and property considerations . The good thing about this program is that given the entire picture there is flexibility to make exceptions for compensating factors. An example of this was an individual who was co owner of a home with his son, that he let pay the mortgage but the son was regularly 30 days late and sometimes more. The borrower was in insurance executive who made over $200,000 annually plus had liquid assets that were greater than $3,000,000 and he was looking to borrow $1,000,000.00. We could easily see that the problem was the son as all other debt was paid as agreed. No brainer even with the low credit score.


If you are a commercial mortgage broker and have a project that you need stated income, non conforming commercial or investment real este financing that offers bankable terms for the un bankable borrower.


Venture Capital Business Loan No Credit No Collateral

Business Loan With No Credit

Would you like to have access to capital to fund your small business based on your business plan regardless of your credit and with no collateral. You must just prove your ability to repay the loan with a solid business plan, financial projections and the expertise or experience to execute said plan.

Funds are available from private equity lenders and venture capitalist to finance a viable business based on a solid business plan with a projected revenue to service your loan and become profitable. There is no minimum credit score. There is no collateral needed. There is no need to be in business for two or more years with proven cash flow track record. All you need to do is sell the private investors on your business plan and you can be funded.

Debt or Equity Financing

There are two types of financing available. You can choose debt financing which is just a loan. Or you can choose equity financing, which requires you to give the private equity investor a share of your company. This is simply selling stock in your company. In the short term debt financing is much more expensive. The costs is relative to the risks. If you are seeking capital from a corporation that does not evaluate your credit, requires no collateral and does not demand a proven track record, you must understand this loan will be very expensive.

On the other hand if you give an equity position to your company you owe nothing in the beginning, but in the long run when you are successful you will pay much more for an equity partner.

In either case the venture capitalist is betting on your success. Many people fail. Banks and traditional financing sources have a very low tolerance for risks and therefore their reward (costs) are relatively low.

Therefore, if you have a viable business plan that can be very successful with the right infusion of capital, consider venture capital or private equity investment into your company.

The Costs

As an example of the potential costs a business might pay a private investor 33.33% of the loan amount the first year and a smaller interest rate (like 10%) for a five or ten year term. Those terms sound absurdly ridiculous and at first glance most businesses would reject that type of financing even with no other options. But, if you analyze the benefits and determine the profit far outweighs the costs you might consider this option. For example, I recently encountered a business plan that the owners needed to borrow $100,000 and would net $300,000 in year one and over $1,000,000 annually thereafter. Is $50,000 too much to spend to become a millionaire? If I could I would do that 10 times a week.

The Solution

So weigh your options. Venture capital financing and private equity are expensive financing alternatives. Will your company be profitable enough to afford these options? Will your business qualify for any other means to raise capital? Only you can determine that answer. This is not the right option for everyone. Is it right for you?