Friday 20 August 2010

Managing demands for extra credit via the customer's bank…

As retailers extend their credit periods, some are offering access to their banks to enable suppliers to present invoices for immediate payment.
This helps your cashflow, great! (But at what cost?)

However, given that banks are not in the free-lunch business, they will presumably take a discount off the invoice for the privilege.
Suppose you present an invoice due for payment in 60 days, and the bank takes 1% off-invoice, you are in fact paying 1% for 60 days money.
Given there are 365 days in a year, this 1% translates into a rate of 6% per annum for the money, i.e. 6 x % off invoice…..
In the same way, a 2% off-invoice = 12%, a 3% off-invoice = 18%, etc.

The above chart shows how to calculate the annual interest cost on different off-invoice rates and different payment period savings.
Each line represents a different off-invoice rate, and the left-hand axis gives the equivalent annual rate for the money.
Simply select the off-invoice rate being charged by the bank, then follow the line to where it crosses the line representing the number of days of the invoice, on bottom axis.
Then read the annual rate on the left-hand axis. This tells you the annual rate you are paying for the privilege of getting paid early.

This off-invoice charge thus becomes an additional cost of dealing with the customer, thereby unbalancing the status quo, the fair-share negotiation principle with your trade partner….
You owe it to yourself to really understand the money….

Have a 'get real' weekend, from the Namnews Team!

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