We’ve closed several commitments for lines of credit, term loans and mortgage loans for equipment and real estate. When reviewing your term sheets or commitment letters, after you go through the borrower, loan amount, rate and fees, collateral and guarantor section, you’ll end up at a section called covenants.
So, you took out a line of credit, but you forgot about the 30 day annual payout requirement on the line when you signed the commitment letter. You don't have the cash to pay the line in full. So, what's next? Maybe you took out a term loan for a piece of equipment. Cash flow is really good and you're thinking about prepaying the loan to save interest expense. Good idea or bad idea? Well, it depends.
Bankerese is a language understood by bankers, but is a foreign language to most business owners. Communication is happening, but the business owner doesn't understand what's being said or the implications it has for his or her business. Often, we step in and interpret. Here are three of the most important ones to know: