What do we do?
How do we finance?
Would you like to finance your growth plans?
When looking for growth financing, you may reach the limits of your own bank. The bank may find it difficult to finance (international) growth, for example because of the company’s limited collateral. In addition, as a shareholder you can have limited capital or the company has a broad shareholder base with different interests. This can lead to complex discussions about valuation and dilution.
A mezzanine loan can provide a solution. This type of financing offers entrepreneurs liquidity and flexibility to realize their growth plans. Due to its subordinated nature, the collateral remains available to the bank, strengthening the guaranteed capital and simplifying the discussion between shareholders.”
Are you thinking about succession or having management participating as a shareholder?
Usually, a management buy-out transaction is financed with a combination of debt and equity from (new) shareholders. By using an ideal level of debt shareholders can realize attractive returns. The most common (and cheapest) form of debt financing is provided by the bank, however banks do not provide unlimited financing. The remainder has to be financed by other sources. Not all situations are suited for inviting a private equity investor, as they for example require a majority stake in these types of transactions.
A mezzanine loan can offer a solution. It is a type of debt that works as capital. The principal amount is subordinated to bank financing and provides additional leverage so you as shareholders can remain in control.
Are you planning on doing an acquisition and are you looking for the ideal financing structure?
To finance an acquisition you can make use of several sources of financing. Usually this is a combination of debt and equity. Bank financing is the cheapest form of financing.
However, the bank is not an unlimited source of financing, so you need to attract other sources of financing. The funding power of shareholders might not be sufficient enough to fully finance this remainder. Also it may be the case that shareholders sometimes have different interests.
A mezzanine loan can be a good addition to bank financing while financing an acquisition. By making use of leverage, the transaction becomes more attractive for shareholders.
The most important characteristics of a mezzanine loan are:
Minimum loan amount is € 2.5M
Maturity depends on type of transaction and varies between 2 – 7 year
Grace period for loan repayment
Compensation structure consists of fixed interest coupon and variable component (Equity Kicker or Closing End Fee)
Why a mezzanine loan?
A mezzanine loan has multiple advantage and offers you as an entrepreneur flexibility.
A mezzanine loan has many advantages and offers flexibility for entrepreneurs. We are happy to share our thoughts regarding your financing proposition. In addition, we have short lead times and usually closing of a financing transaction takes place within 4 – 6 weeks after we have reached agreement on the terms and conditions of a mezzanine loan.
An overview of the most important advantages:
- Subordinated to bank debt, therefore guaranteed equity is increased and financing options at the (principal) bank are improved
- No collateral required (meaning all collateral remains available for principal bank)
- No threat to current relationship with principal bank (everything remains as is)
- Grace period for loan repayment
- Interest payments and financing costs are tax deductible (as opposed to dividend)
- No dilution for existing shareholders (only the effect of the Equity Kicker) and no exit pressure
- Limited to no changes in shareholders agreements and existing governance structure
- Standardized documentation combined with limited ‘due diligence’ results in a short