Whati is meant by 'Factoring' in accountancy/finance?

geek84
geek84 Trusted RegularMAAT Posts: 567
Hi Folks

Could someone be kind enough to tell me what the term 'Factoring' is in accountancy/finance?

Thanks

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  • Nps
    Nps Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 782
    If you have lots of trade receivables, you have lots of money owing to you, but it's no good to you until you actually receive it. If you had cash flow problems, you could 'sell' those 'debts' to a factoring company and they would pay you a percentage of the debts up front, then chase the debts themselves (I say debts, but it doesn't necessarily mean the payments are overdue). This is factoring. Depending on the terms and the price paid for the debts, the factoring company may keep all the proceeds or pass some of them back to the original company.
  • geek84
    geek84 Trusted Regular MAAT Posts: 567
    Thank U
  • blobbyh
    blobbyh Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,415
    Just think of it as being like Wonga.com only for cash weak companies instead of individuals...
  • stuart-elmes
    stuart-elmes Registered Posts: 6
    This article explains how invoice finance (factoring is one form) works.

    http://www.mycreditcontrollers.co.uk/Articles/invoice-financing-factoring-explained.html
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