Vendor funding of business sales – a substitute for bank borrowing?

The market for company sales is slowly picking up after five long years of slow activity. A measure of confidence is back as the Euro crisis fades from the headlines. There is pent-up demand from sellers and buyers. Investors with cash are looking for a return, and equity markets are booming when other investments look unattractive. Companies are looking for a strategy that takes them beyond the defensive mindset of recession.

The major obstacle to mergers and acquisition activity remains the lack of funding from the banks. There is no likelihood of that changing, so parties to deals are looking for other ways to finance deals. Top of the list is vendor funding, by deferring payment of the price.

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