COVID-19’s unfortunate and accelerated spread, has impacted the entire state of New York and in many different ways. West Star Capital is located in Nassau County, Long Island, NY.
There is currently a strictly mandated self quarantine, folks are to work from home (or not at all) and social distancing protocols have been implemented, to hopefully stop the spread of this very contagious virus. As a result, we are witnessing first-hand, local businesses that are either forced to close or struggling to simply stay open or pay employees.
We understand this course of action was put in place to protect everyone from getting and/or spreading this virus and to save lives. Of course, this is goal #1 for our government, slow the spread. However, seeing our neighbors struggle at a time like this, is deeply disheartening. Honestly, it’s heartbreaking. In my 16 years here at West Star, on many occasions I have heard many of my customer’s refer to their business(es) as their “baby.” I’ve come to learn and know so many inspiration traits common in small business owners / entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur’s are passionate about what they do. Entrepreneurs put all their sweat, tears and enthusiasm into their business(es). Entrepreneurs are hurting right now.
Ray and I were trying to think of a way we could help our community and donate our time to those in need. Well, Ray and I aren’t doctors (lol), so we cannot help out the community in that capacity, but we do have a lot to offer in terms of finance! That is what this blog post today is all about. We would like to donate our time to the local business community, whether you’re an existing customer or not. Ray has over 40 years experience in the financial sector. West Star Capital has been lending for twenty+ years. We are confident that our expertise and guidance will be of great assistance in these times of uncertainty.
As it says above, we are all in this together!!
So, if all the recent goings on are leaving you perplexed about what steps might be best to take, please give us a call. All of the guidance and suggestions we might offer, speaking with you is completely free of charge.
We want our community and neighbors to thrive! We are all in this together!
At West Star Capital, we take a lot of pride in what we do. We are customer service driven. We are blessed to work with some of the best people in their respective industries and we are now finishing our 20th year in business.
One plus in doing business with West Star Capital – is that our loans do not have any loan covenants, and this is extremely important to us and to YOU, our customer.
What does this mean?
West Star Capital Equipment Loans do not:
Take a lien on your home like the SBA (see June’s blog post for more information)
Require Maintenance of: Cash Flow Coverage, Working Capital,Minimum Net Worth of the Company, Limit on Capital Expenditures and Taking on Additional Debt!
Require Commitment Fees
No Loan Covenants
With other lending institutions, breaking any of the above could result in a default of your loan and place you and your business in a precarious position.
For more info, give us a call – or shoot me an e-mail! 516.799.9191 or Lauren@weststarcapital.com
Often lost in most Lender’s “FINE PRINT” are a BEVY of NEFARIOUS loan covenants that can severely restrict your organization’s financial well being and future growth.
Commitment Fees: Paying for the privilege of a bank
giving you a loan approval??
At West Star Capital it is our privilege to provide an approval without a fee.
Big Banks are huge profit centers who are experts at
masking your cost of borrowing. When a
lending institution gives you what appears to be a “skinny” rate on your
equipment loan but charges you a commitment fee (1-2% of the loan upfront),
they are in point of fact, increasing your cost of borrowing. The banks are aware that upfront fee income
is money “out of your pocket”
and into theirs!
It’s pure profit to the bank’s bottom line (It’s what they
You would be better served by
borrowing less or utilizing,
West Star Capital and our Zero Commitment Fee
Limitations on Distributions: You’re an entrepreneur for a reason, right? You are a hard worker; you have a strategic vision and you want to see it come to fruition. The majority of lenders seek to limit your distribution to further secure the security of their loan… Are loan documents, UCC filings, Corporate and Personal Guarantees not sufficient?
At West Star Capital, we don’t want to count your earnings and in effect control your wallet! We have confidence in our borrower’s business acumen and as a result, we do not require limitations on shareholder distributions. Your money earned is your money earned.
If in fact your bank is capping
your distributions, you may want to consider paying off that loan(s).
No lender should have that kind
of power over your company. A lender, bank or finance company should be your
finance arm, not your business partner controlling you and your organization.
Performance Ratios: Throughout the term of your loan, some lenders require Performance
Ratios. By way of example: Debt Service Coverage, Debt to EBITDA,
Debt-to-worth, Global Cash Flow Coverage, etc.
to measure various aspects of your company’s performance throughout the
term of your relationship. #BigBrother,
Furthermore, failure to adhere to
these kinds of requirements will put you in “Technical Default” of your loan facility, even if you’re
paying perfectly. Being in default of a
loan covenant (s) can really hinder your future borrowing needs as broken
covenants have to be disclosed on your financial statements (Audited or
Reviewed), or when another lender calls for a reference.
This is not an environment you want to be in with any lending
Tying Up Your Company: What we mean by this is that Banks have a “belt and suspenders”
mentality and more often than not will attempt to “tie up your company” and restrict your future growth
and expansion as an organization, to protect their outstanding loan(s).
I personally cannot tell you how many borrowers we meet who would like to get a loan for a second or third location, and to their chagrin, they find out they can’t move forward with their business plan as they had intended. This is due to their previous lender placing a restriction on the borrowing entity, inhibiting the company from guaranteeing any future loans or being part of any other projects. This is a terrible position to be in when you have an active ADA and need to adhere to a pre-ordained expansion plan.
In these instances, the lenders
are taking the place of a “parental
figure” basically saying you cannot drive your own car without their
West Star Capital does not make these kinds of demands on our borrowing entity or guaranteeing entities.
You have the freedom to move
forward as you would like.
So, we would like to take this opportunity to say, as
boldly as possible, no fine print, that:
DOES NOT CHARGE COMMITMENT FEES.
DOES NOT REQUIRE LIMITATIONS OF YOUR DISTRIBUTIONS.
DOES NOT REQUIRE PERFORMANCE RATIOS.
WILL NOT TIE UP YOUR COMPANY AND HINDER YOU FROM FUTURE EXPANSION.
West Star Capital is so pleased to be working with such a wonderful franchise like Planet Fitness. We were extremely happy to support the Planet Fitness Independent Franchisee Association (PFIFA) again in San Antonio this year.
Ray and I truly enjoyed the “face time” with our existing PF clients and also enjoyed all of the new Franchisees we met out there! We look forward to building upon an already fantastic relationship!
Since 2008, we have been a huge supporter of this excellent platform and to date are happy to say that we’ve successfully loaned $90 MILLION to PF Franchisees.
Shoot Ray or myself an e-mail or give us a call! We’ve got some great programs out there for our Planet Fitness Franchisees!