Asset refinance

You can secure a loan with e.g. commercial property, equipment or vehicles. The amount will depend on the type of the asset, its condition, age and the percentage you own.

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Asset refinance

What is asset refinance?

Asset refinancing is essentially allowing lenders to look at the equity (share) you currently have in an asset and based on that evaluation you will receive a loan. For example, if you purchased equipment on a hire purchase agreement and have some money left to pay (to the hire purchase provider), you can still raise finance against this (partially owned) asset. The new lender will usually pay off your original lender (in this case the hire purchase company) and give you a lump sum based on the equity you have in the asset. 

One advantage of refinancing is that you don’t need to own the asset(s) outright, because lenders will base their offer on the equity you currently hold. Refinancing is always limited by the value of the asset(s) on offer — you couldn’t borrow £10,000 secured against an asset worth £5,000 — but with enough equity in an expensive item, you could still unlock a sufficient amount of cash for your requirements.

That means that if you’ve equipment through hire purchase, for example, you could raise finance against it even with money still to pay off to the hire purchase provider.

How does asset refinance work?

Let's take a quick example to show how asset refinance works in practice. Joe’s construction firm has a machine worth £10,000. He got it on a hire purchase agreement, and only has £1,000 left to pay. That means he has £9,000 of equity in the item — or to put it another way, Joe’s company owns nine-tenths of the machine, and the hire purchase provider owns the other ten percent.

In this situation, provided it’s the right kind of machine, Joe could refinance it up to the value of about £6,000 (so 70% of the item’s overall value) — the refinance lender would pay the hire purchase firm the remaining value of £1,000, take the charge over the asset, and lend Joe £6,000 based on its value.

Equity is key to refinancing

In the above example, this arrangement would work in a similar way if Joe owned the asset outright, but in that scenario, he’d probably be able to raise more money against it. In the first example, Joe effectively owns an asset worth £9,000 because he has 90% equity of £10,000; in the second case, he owns 100% of it, so his equity is worth the full £10,000.

You can apply the same logic to any asset that a lender will accept as security — for example, if Joe owned a commercial property worth £500,000 and had £200,000 of a commercial mortgage left to pay off, he effectively owns an asset worth £300,000 and might be able to refinance and get a loan based on that value.

Joe Morley
Joe Morley

Head of Unsecured Lending

Joe has worked in the alternative lending space since 2015. During this time he has helped hundreds of SMEs access millions in essential funding ranging from long-term asset-backed lending to short-term unsecured revolving credit lines and beyond. In his role, Joe manages and supports a large team of Credit Finance specialists.

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