Financing for the retail industry
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Financing in the retail industry
Worsened payment terms
For many small and medium-sized retailers, payment terms have deteriorated. In addition, it is becoming more common for suppliers abroad to require advance payments, which can be a challenge for many companies. If your business has a fluctuating liquidity requisite, you can easily access capital through Krea.
New sales channels and e-commerce
The transition towards e-commerce and digital platforms has changed both the customer journey as well as the actors' position on the market. New sales channels require investments in both digital platforms and new processes. Krea helps both traditional retailers and new e-commerce players to gain access to capital for continued growth.
Increased sustainable demands
The increased societal demands for sustainability require major adjustments for the retail industry. New investments will be required, and the need for external financing might increase.
Tailored financing solutions for retail businesses
Business loans up to 30 million SEK
We collaborate with the most lenders
Free of charge and non-binding
Offers within 1 day
Receive up to 99% of the invoice value
Free of charge and non-binding
Offers within 1 day
Financing up to 100 million SEK
Borrow up to 80% of property value
Offers within 2 days
We compare offers from the most banks and lenders on the market. This ensures that you will find the best possible solution for your business.
You do not need to apply at 30 banks individually. We provide you with a quick overview of available financing solutions.
Get easy access to liquidity before your next purchase e.g. for inventory.
We have helped thousands of retail companies
Mullsjö Alpin AB
We saw a decline at the end of the season due to the Corona crisis and needed to improve cash flow. Received an offer for a business loan from Krea where the application was smooth and easy and the whole process went faster than at my primary bank. It is now possible to keep up the liquidity and invest in the next season.
SMX Sports Göteborg AB
Good tool that helps companies grow, good that you get offers from several lenders and when you need faster financing.
Sweden's most satisfied customers
Good service and the staff are customer friendly. The company is customer friendly and the staff is very service-minded.
I recommend. Very smooth and good service which was of great benefit to us.
For the loan application process, I am really satisfied with good service and quick responses.
Super smooth. You just fill in an application and good follow-up.
Questions and answers
Krea exposes more than 30 banks and lenders to competition for business financing. The following actors have the opportunity to give you offers on financing on our platform.
Marginalen Bank, Froda, Svea Bank, Aros Kapital, Capcito, CapIQ, Capitalbox, Corpia, DBT, Euro Finans, Fedelta, FINQR, FundingPartner, Kameo, Leasio Finans AB, Mynt, OPR, Qred, SBL Finans, Svensk Företagsfinansiering och Treyd.
Ikano Bank, A.B.S Global Factoring, Svea Bank, Invoier, Alfa Finans, Billecta, Capcito, CapIQ, Euro Finans, Finansia och FINQR.
Real estate loans
SBP Nordic, Kameo, Svea Bank, Froda, Aros Kapital, Corpia, DBT, Euro Finans, Froda, FundingPartner och IMH Finans.
We cooperate with Nordic Finance and Marginalen Bank, among others.
For larger financing solutions, Krea collaborates with all relevant banks and lenders, including most larger banks, for example Nordea and SEB.
To apply for financing with Krea you are required to have signing rights for the company. That means that you need to have a leading role in the company, such as a CEO or board member. The company also has to be registered and active in Sweden.
Should you not have signing rights but have an economic or other role in the company, you can always contact our customer service, email@example.com for assistance with your application.
Private individuals cannot apply and neither can shell corporations, shelf corporations or branch companies.
Yes, newly founded businesses can apply for business loans.
Since a newly started businesses have limited historical data, you can attach the company's business plan, annual budget and / or an installment plan for the business loan. In addition to this, it is possible to share information from your accounting system or bank account with the lenders. This can indicate your business' repayment ability although the company has no financial statement ready.
If you are interested in factoring, there are less requirements that the company have been active for a certain period of time. Banks and lenders will assess the creditworthiness of the invoice recipient primarily and if the recipient is an established company, you are more likely to be able to sell your invoices.
Limited companies ("aktiebolag"), sole proprietorships ("enskild firma"), general partnerships ("handelsbolag") and limited partnerships ("kommanditbolag") can apply for financing.
The interest rate is individual for each loan and is based on historical data from your business, current prerequisites and future ability to repay the business loan.
How much the monthly cost will be is also depending on what amortization plan you choose for the loan - longer repayment time means a lower monthly cost but usually a higher total cost. In order to estimate the total cost, it is important to consider eventual fees (such as starting fees and early settlement fees). When you receive proposals from lenders with Krea, we will help you compare the total cost through providing you with a "comparable interest rate".
You can improve your application by adding more information and thereby improve the interest rate that you are offered. According to our analysis, the most important information is collaterals as well as your profit- and loss statement and balance sheet, especially for the current year. We also offer you the opportunity to add information from your bank account in order to give the lenders a perception of your business current repayment ability.
You can also add collaterals as such guarantors, property- and floating charges in order to receive better terms.
By comparing business loans you will receive several alternatives to choose from. At Krea, we are here to help you find the best choice of financing for your business.
Factoring solutions usually has no interest rate. However, a commission is deducted from the invoice value.
If you sell an invoice for SEK 100 and the commission is SEK 2 - you get paid SEK 98 and the rest can be considered the cost of the service. In addition to this, there are usually handling fees per invoice and start-up fees. It is also important to think about possible costs for reminders and debt collection that you need to pay if the invoice recipient does not pay on time.
To compare costs between factoring and business loans, we also show a “comparable monthly interest rate”. Factoring, however, has some advantages that are not visible in the comparable interest rate. For example, with factoring, you can sell the credit risk to the bank or lender (if you sell invoices without recourse), and the buyer takes care of all administration - so you do not have to do so.
You can choose to sign an invoice discounting agreement where the invoices are sold with or without recourse.
Invoice discounting without recourse means that the buyer takes over the entire credit risk after the invoice purchase. As a seller, you can expect to always get paid regardless of whether the invoice recipient is late or does not pay the invoices.
Invoice discounting with recourse means that unpaid invoices are returned to you under certain circumstances. There is usually a time limit, commonly 30 days, when the bank or lender tries to collect the debt unless the invoice has been paid. The bank or lender also verifies the process with you as an invoice discounting customer and ensures that the relationship with the end customer continues to be good.
At Krea, you can compare business loans completely free of charge. For every mediated application through Krea, we receive a commission from the lender. This means that there will be no extra cost for you as an applicant, as the lender carries the cost.
To apply for a business loan is non-binding and we do not receive any payments until you have found a business loan and received the payout on your account. We are on your side in the negotiations until your business has found the right business loan.
At Krea, you can apply for a business loan and factoring up to 4 million SEK. Our lenders examine your application to learn about your company's financial situation and to assess the company's future ability to repay the business loan. Based on this, each lender decides what loan amount they can offer, as well as other loan conditions such as the interest rate and repayment period.
Most often, companies are able to borrow 10% of the annual turnover (another rule of thumb is 1x to 4x of operating profit). If you want to borrow more, it is important to add the right information that will allow the lender to assess your repayment ability.
For factoring, the options depend on the value of your accounts receivable (invoices) that you can sell. Lenders can in most cases buy your entire invoice stock, except in some cases where the invoice recipient is not creditworthy enough.
Yes, it is usually possible to repay the whole business loan or parts of the business loan in advance. Usually it is free of charge, but sometimes our lenders issue a small fee.
Information about early settlement conditions will be clearly stated when you receive the business loan offers.
Yes, even though more than 20 banks and lenders are presented with your application only 1 UC credit report will be registered on your business and on any personal guarantor to the loan application.
You can receive multiple letters that inform you that a credit check has been made on you or your business. Despite that, only 1 credit report is registered as Krea is cooperating with the Swedish credit agency (Upplysningscentralen - UC). This ensures that multiple lenders can take part of the same report.
Some lenders retrieve additional information through other institutions (such as CreditSafe or Bisnode), but these do not affect your or your company's creditworthiness with UC.
A credit check is registered on the company you are applying for, as well as for each personal guarantee you state in your application.
If only one credit check is made, the creditworthiness of the guarantor or your company is not affected.
However, if multiple requests are made during a short period, it can affect the guarantor's or company's creditworthiness. Our lenders take part of the same report that was issued by Krea, and do not make their own. This ensures that your business is not negatively affected by multiple credit checks.
Payment remarks do not have to be a hinder for your business to be granted a business loan. A few remarks do not necessarily mean that your business does not have the ability to repay a loan.
Each lender will do an individual assessment of your business repayment capacity, and the offers you receive depends on the type of remarks you received.
If you apply for factoring, the decision whether your invoice purchase application will be approved will also be based on the creditworthiness of your customers and not solely on yours.
Creating an application with us only takes about five minutes. When you create your application, it is sent to the banks and lenders in our network. You will see the offers on business loan or invoice purchase within 1-2 days.
Once you have found an offer for a business loan or invoice purchase that is attractive, you can get in touch with the lender. Depending on the size of the financing and if additional information is needed, the time until the payment is made to your account may differ slightly.
If you have been offered a smaller amount and the lender has received all information they requested, the funds can be disbursed to you within 1-2 days. For larger and more complex financing requests, you will receive the funds within approximately a week.
We recommend you to include as much relevant information as possible when you are creating your application.
The more relevant information that lenders receive, the more accurate the risk assessment they can make, which facilitates for them to provide the best proposals.
Examples of information that is interesting for lenders are:
- Balance sheet and income statement for the last 12 months.
- Additional collateral in the form of, for example, a property mortgage or an object (car, machine, etc).
- Invoices that can be sold.
- Unused floating charges.
- Guarantors, where you can state yourself or an outside person. In order to report an outside person you have to add that persons social security number and email adress.
- Additional guarantors. In order to report an outside person you have to add that persons social security number and email adress. It is recommended that the person is a board member, however is it is not a requirement.
- Business plan, here you can find a template for creating a business plan.
- Budget, here you can find a template for creating a budget.
- Repayment plan, where you present your planned income for the next 12 months and how much of these you can use to repay the business loan.
Yes, applying for financing to buy another company only requires that you meet the basic requirements for receiving a business loan.
Financing a company acquisition can be more complex to assess for banks and lenders. It is therefore of extra importance that you describe your goals and assumptions in, for example, a business plan for the business you intend to buy.