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Business Loans

Banks take a risk-based approach when assessing your application

Loans to kick start or grow your business

Looking to start your own business or expand your existing venture?

A business loan can give you funding you need!

To qualify, your loan application and your business must be strong.

How do banks assess business loans?

With business loans, banks are generally less strict with their lending requirements.

That’s because they aren’t regulated by the National Consumer Credit Protection (NCCP) Act.

Your application will be ranked in a letter system to reflect the risk of the loan. Each bank has their own ranking system.

For example, a bank may rank your business loan application anywhere from A to D. Here, A may be low risk while D is high risk.

Each business is also graded from 1 to 15. This is based on different factors such as their strengths, ratios and how long they’ve been running.

For example, a business that has lasted 20 years with profit may be scored a 3 or 4. A new business may be scored an 11 or 12.

With the above examples, a 1A rating would mean a very strong application. A 15D application may not be approved. Please note though that business loans are always assessed on a case by case basis.

How do I qualify for a business loan?

When assessing business loan applications, lenders will consider a number of factors. These include how much money you’re putting into the deal, your business experience, the type of business and your security property.

You’re more likely to qualify if you’re an existing business operating within a lower risk industry where financial failure is less likely.

Lenders are more conservative towards businesses within high risk industries such as housing, mining and construction. They also consider government risk.

However, please note that there are no set guidelines to qualify. Business loans are always assessed on a case by case basis.

An inexperienced person who wants to start up a restaurant would likely be declined even if his loan is secured. That’s because it’s a tough industry and he has no experience.

On the other hand, businesses operating for a long time with very strong income can get over a million dollars in lines of credit.

How much can I borrow?

The amount you can borrow generally depends on the lender, the loan product and their assessment of your application.

Typically, you may be able to borrow anywhere from $250,000 to $50,000,000 with a business loan. However, business loans over $5 million to $50 million have stricter lending criteria.

Our mortgage brokers understand which banks assess business loans more favourably.

You can call us on 1300 771 900 or fill in our free online assessment form to find out if you qualify and how much you can borrow.

What loan features are available?

Almost all standard home loan features are available on business loans. However, some lenders may not offer certain features so applying with the right lender is key.

Once you’ve assessed your loan needs, you can consider making use of business loan features such as:

Please note that fees and charges are applicable for some of these features.

How do I get approval to my business loan application?

Even if banks are more flexible towards business loans, your application may be declined. You’ll need to prepare yourself before applying in order to increase your chances for loan approval.

Lenders will want detailed information about the financial history of the business. You can prepare yourself by creating a detailed business plan with a profit and loss budget and cash flow forecast.

Loan approval depends heavily on how well your business loan proposal is researched and presented. If you’re considered high risk, your application may be declined despite having a strong business.

What to consider before applying for a business loan

As a general rule, you can consider the following before applying for a business loan:

How can I prove my income?

Some of the common ways to prove your business income are by using:

If you don’t have enough evidence to support your income, you may apply for a low doc business loan instead. However, you’ll need to have a large amount of equity to qualify.

A guarantor can improve your chances!

Even if you can prove your business income, some lenders may need you to have a guarantor. This is because a guarantee basically ensures that the business loan will be repaid. If you’re unable to make your repayments, the guarantor will have to pay the guaranteed amount to the lender.

Business loans FAQs

Lenders may not always advertise their best interest rates. This is even more true when considering business loans because each application is assessed case by case.

Business loan interest rates are also negotiated depending on the loan size, equity position as well as the strength of the loan application.

However, we’ve published the best interest rates from our panel of almost 40 lenders all over Australia so it’s easier for you to shop around.

To find the best rates for business loans, you can check out the business loan interest rates page.

Additionally, you may qualify for a better interest rate if you take out a business equity loan.

You can consider refinancing your business loan every two to four years. This way you can always remain in a competitive interest rate and reduce your repayments.

Please note though that it all comes down to your objectives. Refinancing is essentially taking out a new business loan. This means you’ll be applying for a mortgage all over again.

It may be a bad idea to refinance in certain situations. For example, if you’re on a fixed rate you may have to pay expensive break costs when switching lenders.

There are many reasons to refinance your mortgage, especially if you have a bad credit business loan. However, also consider all of the costs that may be applicable when refinancing such as borrowing costs, loan application fees, valuation fees and discharge fees.

Yes, there are franchise loans available to buy different business franchises such as Oporto franchise and many more.

Business loans are generally profitable so banks and lenders prefer these customers. The loan amounts are also higher in most cases, which also signifies higher risk.

However, loan approval largely depends on the strength of the business as well as the applicant.

We can help you get a business loan!

Unlike standard residential home loans, business loans can be a lot more complicated.

However, we have business mortgage brokers that have many years of experience in the industry and specialise in business loans. We can help you qualify for a better deal just by choosing the right lender for your business loan needs. We can also help you to manage your business finance.

You can speak with one of our mortgage brokers by calling us on 1800 771 900 or by completing our free online assessment form.