Action on Climate Change Boosts NY Construction - Scope explained by Capstone

Action on Climate Change Boosts NY Construction

21:33 15 March in Blog

Action on Climate Change Boosts NY Construction - Scope explained by CapstoneNew York State has experienced much warmer temperatures over the past thirty to forty years, and the sea level along New York’s coast has increased about 12 inches over the past 100 years. Though past trends do not necessarily predict future trends, New York officials are indicating with their investments that a real threat exists.

The threat of rising sea levels has stimulated construction and infrastructure investment across the world, but nowhere has that investment been greater than in New York. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal cited a University College of London study that found New York City outspends all other megacities in countermeasures to rising sea levels, with $2.2 billion alone in the last year.

The predicted challenges of climate change would affect many sectors including water, energy, communication, and transportation—and this means that New York construction firms, contractors, and subcontractors would be a key part of the solution.

Infrastructure Challenges and Construction Opportunities in New York

The Responding to Climate Change in New York State report (ClimAID) published in 2014 identifies numerous transportation, water, and architectural challenges that could impact New York. It also identifies solutions to these challenges—and all of them suggest a significant increase in construction investment in the coming years.

Infrastructure Challenges

• Increased strain on road surface materials
• Stress on electricity grid
• Delays in railroad schedules
• Sagging of large bridges
• Decreased clearance on waterway bridges
• Traffic and public transportation delays
• Reduced building lifespan
• Increased impact of ships and barges

Construction Opportunities

• Convert water managers to handle large variability
• Install more pumps, water tanks, and filters for water supply systems
• Install leak detection systems, low-flow devices, and rainwater harvesting systems
• Upgrade combined sewer and stormwater systems
• Relocate aging infrastructure out of flood-prone areas and construct levees and berms
• Replace old transformers and wiring with heat-resistant models
• Increase seat length of expansion joints on bridges and lengthen airport runways
• Increase capacity of drainage systems and culverts
• Invest in permeable road surfaces and regrade slopes to direct runoff away from roads and tunnels
• Move communication cables underground

What Does it Mean for You?

New York is directing around $20 billion of local, state and federal funding to complete numerous long-term construction projects designed to mitigate the effects of climate change. Half of that money will go to coastal protection and urban drainage projects, which means huge opportunities are on the horizon for general contractors and subcontractors.

Single Invoice Factoring for Qualified Subcontractors

For qualified subcontractors, Capstone provides single invoice factoring for work performed under contract with a creditworthy general contractor. Capstone has highly experienced construction professionals on staff to facilitate the purchase of construction-related accounts receivable. For more information, read our blog, visit Capstone Capital Group homepage, or contact us today.

Purchase Order Factoring

Is Purchase Order Financing Good for Business Loans?

21:37 22 September in Blog

Even if you don’t qualify for a traditional business loan, there are options out there. Purchase order financing is just one of them. As you’ll see, certain kinds of businesses might want to make purchase order financing their first choice. We’ll tell you what it is, how it works, and what kinds of businesses should make it their first choice for lending.

What is Purchase Order Financing? 

Let’s say you’ve got an interested client, but you don’t have the funds to fill their order. For growing businesses, that first big order is incredibly exciting. It’s the kind of thing that can propel you from startup territory into a stable business. If you don’t have the money to fill the order when it is placed, purchase order financing is what you need.

Purchase order financing is an advance that allows business owners to make an important transaction, fill a shipment, or deliver a service. And a contract guarantees that the business owner will use part of the returns from the transaction, shipment, or service to repay the advance.

How Does it Work?

Here’s what you’ll need to do to qualify for purchase order financing.

1.    Obtain a verified purchase order or contract from the customer.

2.    Estimate the amount it will cost you to fill the customer’s order.

3.    Present the verified purchase order or contract to Capstone as collateral

4.    If approved, you’ll receive a contract from Capstone and get the funds to fill the order

5.    Once the goods or materials are delivered, and the customer has paid, you repay the premium and any pre-arranged interest.

Below are benefits of purchase order financing and examples of businesses that tend to use it instead of traditional minority business loans.

Benefits of Purchase Order Financing 

●    Technically, purchase order financing isn’t a loan, meaning it will not appear on your company’s balance sheet.

●    Your supplier will be paid, and your customer will receive their goods when they need them.

●    Purchase order financing allows small businesses to fill lucrative orders and establish working relationships with large customers.

●    Purchase order financing does not require A-1 credit.

What Businesses Benefit from Purchase Order Financing?

Some companies will find purchase order financing incredibly convenient and profitable. It is popular with manufacturing and shipping businesses with credit-worthy customers who have large orders to fill. The expected profit margin from the order should be at least 20 percent.

If purchase order financing sounds like the right fit for your business needs, visit the Capstone website. If you’re interested in any other kind of loan, check out our blog.

Benefits of Trade Financing

Four Undeniable Benefits of Trade Financing

18:14 17 September in Blog

The trade financing market is valued at around 10 trillion dollars. The question is: how do you align your business to profit from it? More importantly, what is trade financing, and how does it work?

What is Trade Financing? 

In today’s global economy, having an international clientele can mean the difference between business success and business failure. Trade financing is a kind of loan that provides the credit needed to fund international trade.

Here are a few examples of how it works. Let’s say you identify a growing market for your product in Europe, but don’t have the funds to fill orders there. A trade financing agreement will allow you to do it. What if you find a cheaper supplier in Asia, but the shipping costs are too expensive? Trade financing solutions will allow you to start buying the goods right away and repay the loan with the earnings from your new international partnership.

Other Benefits of Trade Financing

1.    Flexibility

Nothing is worse than seeing an opportunity and not being able to take it. Trade financing gives your business the breathing room it needs to grow when the opportunity presents itself. As such, payments can be made to the supplier in their local currency. And repayment is also tailored to the borrowers’ needs. Some agreements call for repayment in 30 to 60 days, while others allow up to four months.

2.    Convenience

Unlike a traditional bank or business loan, trade financing requires very little documentation. Trade financing contracts are clear-cut and straightforward, so you won’t end up getting surprise fees at the end of the transaction. When you work with Capstone, we focus on providing a convenient, excellent experience.

3.    Security

Making transactions with foreign companies may be outside your usual scope. Capstone has years of experience connecting domestic and international businesses, and we’ll be able to give you all the guidance you need.  Both you and your client will have the peace of mind of working with a security guarantee from a renowned financial institution.

4.    Transaction Flow

Funds are available almost immediately, which means you can improve your transaction flow. You’ll be able to keep your inventory or stock without having to pay large amounts upfront. The trade financing credit can be maintained on your books as working capital, not as debt.

For more information on alternative business loans and commercial financing, visit the Capstone homepage. Our previous blog entries have more industry news and analysis.

Bank Loan or Invoice Finance

Bank Loan or Invoice Finance: What’s Best for You?

21:53 04 September in Blog

Bank Loan or Invoice Finance

Here is the situation: unexpectedly, you receive a huge product or service order. Besides the huge profit you’ll net by filling the order, you’ll also be establishing a business relationship with a desirable client. There’s just one problem: you don’t have the funds to buy the materials or pay your workers to complete the order!

Do You Really Need a Loan?

It’s in situations like this that business owners don’t hesitate. Nobody likes the notion of going into debt, but small business owners know that it’s part of the formula for success. The order is more important to the business’s future than going into debt. Taking calculated risk is what sets them apart from less enterprising individuals. The question is, should you get a bank loan or a get funding from personal invoice financing?

Bank loans are probably more common, but that doesn’t make them better. Until recently, taxis were the only way to get from point A to point B if you didn’t have a car, and hotels and motels were the only place to stay if you were in from out of town. There was a need in the market for alternatives, and Uber and Airbnb filled the niches. The same is true with single invoice finance.

Though bank loans are more common, single invoice finance offers some distinct advantages that you should know before making your decision.

Advantages of Single Invoice Finance

• Receive funding immediately
• Bank loans can take several weeks for approval, whereas single invoice finance can get you funds within 24 hours.
• Repayment is made by your customer
• Less paperwork
• Use only the invoice you are factoring for collateral
• Fewer fees
• Your credit is not important, your customer’s credit is important
• Once your customer pays the invoice, the contract is terminated.
• Won’t show on your balance sheet

Selling an invoice is selling money that technically belongs to you. It’s your asset, and therefore it doesn’t have to be noted on your balance sheet.

Get in touch with Capstone Capital Group and get in the game with factoring, funding, and financing. For more industry insights, read our previous blogs.

Invoice Factoring

Understanding Invoice Factoring

18:42 20 May in Blog

Invoice factoring is a common practice that enables businesses to receive immediate payment in exchange for selling accounts receivables at a discount to their face value. Once an invoice is“ “Factored” and it is time for the customer pays for a product or service, the payment is forwarded to the factoring company. One of the most significant advantages of factoring is that businesses can receive immediate cash flow with no additional debt that appears on balance sheets.  Therefore Factoring is an off balance sheet transaction. Factoring can also be advantageous for businesses looking to obtain initial working capital without having to demand immediate payment from their customers.

The Invoice Factoring Process

Factoring is a rapid process that usually takes less than 24 hours to complete. The factoring process starts after a business delivers a product or service and sends an invoice to their customer. A copy of the invoice is then sent to the factoring company, which will purchase the invoice in exchange for an immediate cash payment. Most factoring companies offer up to 80 percent of the invoice value with the balance going into a reserve account. Once the purchase of the invoice has been completed, businesses can have the money, minus nominal fees, sent directly to their bank account.

Advantages of Factoring

Many businesses choose to use factoring because it can provide a predictable, immediate revenue stream than can be used to fulfill an order. While many businesses request prompt payment, they can rarely expect it in the real world. Even when discount incentives are offered, many customers will still choose to pay later. These problems can be especially challenging for newly established businesses that struggle to convince customers that they can deliver. Businesses that use factoring can receive immediate revenue without having to demand upfront payment or incur excessive risks.

Additional advantages of factoring with Capstone include:

  • Insurance against customers that fail to pay.
  • No penalties for failing to meet a minimum invoice sales volumes.
  • No contractual restrictions on how funds can be used.
  • Practically unlimited financing that scales with business growth.
  • Additional working capital with no additional debt.
  • Take advantage of supplier discounts by paying early.
  • Add more value to customers though attractive payment terms.

How Factoring Affects the Bottom Line

Factoring fees are an average of about two percent, which many business owners argue can add up to a lot of money in the long run. In reality, most businesses that use factoring can earn several times more than the factoring fees that they pay. Studies indicate that a majority of businesses can scale their production capacity by more than 25 percent without increasing fixed costs. Since limited capital is the primary constraint for most businesses, immediate payment can enable businesses to operate at full capacity and earn several times more than the factoring fees.

Business Requirements for Factoring

As with any other credit service, businesses will need to be pre-qualified. Factoring services are only available to legal business entities that sell business-to-business services to governments or other companies. Businesses will need to have customers with good credit to qualify for a factoring service.   It is also important to have no outstanding invoice leans. Most businesses that meet these basic requirements can be approved to take advantage of invoice factoring services.

Why Policy Dictates the Economic Outlook

Why Policy Dictates the Economic Outlook

17:52 12 February in Blog

Why Policy Dictates the Economic OutlookLast year, small businesses made capital investment decisions over “whether an expiring tax provision, Sec. 179—which allowed for $500,000 of accelerated depreciation for equipment purchases—would be continued, or whether a scaled-down version with a much lower threshold of $25,000 would take its place,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

In December, Congress reinstated the larger Sec. 179 deduction for 2014, meaning that small businesses were pushed to make decisions surrounding equipment purchases before knowing what the tax provision stated. On the first of January, the deduction dropped back to $25,000.

Such temporary tax and budgetary policy making creates roadblocks for consumers and business to plan and invest in the future.   Comprehensive tax reform and annual federal budgets are a necessity for businesses to plan their capital investment and capital expenditures budgets.  Inevitably, legislation creates economic ambiguity. In order to improve the economic outlook, more stable laws are vital.

Capstone Capital Group, LLC helps clients build sturdy outlooks for their economic future by providing robust services. For years, we have helped organizations get the immediate cash they needed without the typical red tape that most banks require. For more information about our business funding solutions, Single Invoice Factoring, give us a call today at (212) 755-3636 and speak to a representative.

Here Comes the Surcharge: Big Banks Dealt another Regulatory Blow by the Feds

21:09 20 November in Blog
Here Comes the Surcharge: Big Banks Dealt another Regulatory Blow by the Feds
In another effort to reduce the risk of “too big to fail” banks and financial institutions, the Federal Reserve plans to hit the largest of U.S. banks with an expensive new regulation.  Accordingly, Federal regulators intend to impose a surcharge on the largest U.S. banks requiring them to maintain a fatter cushion in order to protect them from potential losses. The version of the surcharge proposed by the Feds will be tougher than the one international regulators agreed to. 
Additionally, when determining the size of the new capital surcharge, the Fed will penalize those banks that heavily rely on volatile forms of short term fund, such as overnight loans.  By implementing these measures, some of the larger U.S. banks may need to increase their capital cushions beyond those of their international rivals.  The move has led some to wonder if Washington is putting U.S. banks at a competitive disadvantage.  The exact amount of capital needed by big banks has yet to be determined.
Banks have added substantial capital since the financial crisis and, at present, are currently subject to many new regulations. The exact range for their capital surcharge hasn’t been settled on by the Fed.  However, they are considering a range that extends a few percentage points higher than the top range of 2.5% of risk-weighted assets imposed by international regulators.  It’s quite possible U.S. banks could face surcharges as high as 4.5%.
According to regulators, by raising the capital requirement amounts for firms that pose the greatest risk to the U.S. financial stability, the Fed intends to improve these firm’s resiliency.  What is at issue is the requirement that the world’s largest financial institutions hold an additional layer of padding in case of another financial crisis.  While the details of the Fed’s proposal on specific banks are not yet clear, firms with large broker-dealer operations, like Goldman Sachs Group, could potentially face increased capital charges under the Fed’s plan.  This is because such firms rely on large short-term loans to finance client activities.
Firms like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley count such short-term liabilities as more than one-third of their liabilities. Both firms have indicated in regulatory filings that they are maintaining enough capital to meet international surcharge requirements.  The U.S.’ plan to enact a higher surcharge shows the latest move by Washington to boost the banking system by requiring Wall Street to protect themselves against losses. As a bonus, regulators adopted additional rules requiring banks to hold safe assets that they can sell for cash if they need to. 
It is not clear how many U.S. firms will be required to raise additional capital to comply with the United States’ tougher surcharge requirements, and some of the larger banks declined to comment. However, it is clear that larger U.S. banks will argue the surcharge is putting them at a competitive disadvantage. 
As the Feds continue to further regulate the banking industry, loans to small and midsized businesses become increasingly more difficult to obtain.   Capstone Capital Group, LLC can assist you.  We have been assisting small to mid-sized businesses in obtaining the required working capital they need to grow and thrive, and have been doing it for many years.
Capstone specializes in Single Invoice Factoring (“Spot Factoring”) for businesses in need of immediate cash. For more information about our Spot Factoring product and how we can help your business grow, contact us today at (212) 755-3636, or visit our website at www.capstonetrade.com.
 

Let the Borrower Beware

20:38 29 May in Blog
Capstone Capital Group, LLC prides itself on providing funding for its clients that run viable businesses but are in need of working capital and will grow as a result of funding.  Unfortunately, there are new lenders who pop up every day to take advantage of the latest trends in high yield lending that do not always have their client’s best interests at heart.

 

The most recent trend is called “Merchant Cash Advance”.  This segment of the lending industry dates back to the early 1990’s, but did not hit widespread acceptance until about five years ago.

 

When the Merchant Cash Advance business began, it was a method of providing liquidity to retail businesses that did not have significant assets that could be pledged to a bank in exchange for a line of credit.  The idea was to make an advance to a business in exchange for an assignment of the credit card receipts that were typical for the business.  For example, if a restaurant had monthly sales of $500,000 and needed $300,000, the Merchant Advance lender would structure a payment of $15,000 to $17,000 twice a week for 12 to 16 weeks.  These payments did not starve the company of its cash flow and as long as business was consistent and stable, the business owner who could not get a loan anywhere else had access to a willing lender.  If all went well, the lender would be paid back and the restaurateur could return to the lender at a later date and borrow again.  If the lender was not paid back, the company would be pursued by the lender to the extent the lender thought it prudent. With this method, more than the entire portfolio losses on one account could be covered by gains on many other accounts.

 

18 years later the business has now morphed into a high risk high return lending process with full recourse.  In the Sunday Bergen Record, the newspaper highlights the trials and tribulations of borrowers who fall prey to unscrupulous lenders in this market.  Like all businesses, there are those who operate ethically and those who are only in it for the money.  The Bergen Record article highlights what the pitfalls are of getting in bed with the bad apples of the industry. The article also explains why so many companies are entering the space and what their backgrounds might be.

 

Capstone Capital Group, LLC prides itself as a factor whose objective is to help its clients grow.  Unlike the merchant cash advance companies, we are able to factor sums from millions to hundreds of thousands with no personal guaranties or the pledging of real property, automobiles, etc.

 

Capstone specializes in Single Invoice Factoring (“Spot Factoring”) for firms in need of immediate cash. Single Invoice Factoring provides flexible, no contract invoice selling in exchange for working capital from Capstone Capital Group, LLC.

 

The next time you are looking for business funding solutions, be careful.  Our process may take five business days while theirs only takes one hour, but we will help you grow your business through our funding process.  Depending on whom you contract with in that business could mean the end of yours.

 

 
For more information on how Capstone can help, please email [email protected] or call (212) 755-3636 to speak with a representative today.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Bronx

20:40 15 May in Blog
Claritza Wilshire, Business Development Officer at Capstone Capital Group, LLC attended the Sixteenth Annual Bronx Banker’s Breakfast.  The meeting was hosted by the Business Initiative Corporation of New York (BICNY) and BronxBorough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
The meeting focused on revitalization of the Bronx’s economic activity and financial projections. The event was part of the several ceremonies commemorating the 100thAnniversary of the Bronx.
Capstone Capital Group, LLC attended with the following institutions: Citibank, Popular Community Bank, Rite Check, Capital One Bank, Hudson Valley Community Bank, Bethex Federal Credit Union, JP Morgan Chase, Ponce De Leon FSB, Spring Bank, Webster Bank, Wells Fargo, Apple Bank, Flushing Savings Bank, M&T Bank, Signature Bank, IDS Corporation, Monroe College, US Small Business Administration, SBDC at Lehman College and SCORE.
Capstone Capital Group, LLC is committed to supporting the development and redevelopment of Bronx infrastructure projects thru its funding programs.
Subcontractors who are winning bidders can rely on Capstone Capital Group, LLC factor programs to assist them in meeting their contractual obligations, working capital needs and supplier credit facilities.
Is it time for your company to partner with Capstone and arrange a factoring facility for your working capital needs? Call us today at (212) 755-3636 or visit our website at www.capstonetrade.com.
View our photos from the Sixteenth Annual Bronx Banker’s Breakfast:
Marlene Cintron, President of BICNY and Claritza Wilshire, Capstone Business Development Office
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Claritza Wilshire, Capstone Business Development Office
Madeline V. Marque, VP of BICNY, Claritza Wilshire, Capstone Business Development Office and Ruben Diaz, Sr.

1st Quarter Self Assessment – Business Goals and Objectives

16:47 27 March in Blog
The end of the first quarter of 2014 is upon us. It’s time to evaluate your business goals and objectives against actual performance.If you wrote your goals down as was suggested in Are You Better Off Today Than You Were A Year Ago?, you have the means to objectively analyze where your business stands and what you achieved over the first three months of 2014.
If you exceeded your goals, analyze why:
  • Were you too conservative when you established them?
  • Did you line up your resources properly and did everything else fall in place?
  • Did you get lucky?
Fun fact: do you know what the definition of Luck is?
Laboring Under Correct Knowledge – people make their own luck by being prepared!
We advised on hiring retired executives to assist with growth plans, using temporary employees to fill gaps upon receiving that larger contract and lining up financing or funding through a company like Capstone Capital Group, LLC.With these three tools at your command, you should have met or exceeded your goals.

Reasons Why You Didn’t Reach Your Business Goals

For those of you who have not met your goals for the first quarter of 2014, let’s analyze why:
  • Were you overly optimistic about the establishment of your goals?
  • Did you line-up the proper resources to succeed and to accomplish the goals?
  • How close or far away were you from achieving your goals?
  • Did you line up the staffing and funding to support your growth for cash flow?
The key here is NOT to get discouraged but to be honest with yourself and fix the obstacles that are holding you back immediately.
Today Capstone received a call from a subcontractor, and we would like to share the story here:
Back in October 2013 when Capstone first met this subcontractor, we discussed the establishment of a funding facility through accounts receivable factoring to support his growth. He was anticipating the award of a few government contracts.This subcontractor was successful in obtaining the contracts and started the jobs however he has unfortunately run out of cash.
Part of this subcontractor’s strategy is the exact formula for success – he probably worked for several years to convince the general contractors to develop confidence in his ability to deliver. The contract awards were received and there was appropriate staffing for the project however he failed to line-up a funding facility.
Now, guess what his next move was? He called the office in a panic and asked how quickly Capstone could put a funding facility in place using his accounts receivable to factor. Capstone will move as quickly as possible to support him, but it’s more important to take a look at the added stress this subcontractor has taken on because he did not plan properly.
Construction and Professional Services jobs are leading the economic recovery. Many of Capstone’s clients are taking advantage of this growth. Where do you stand?

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