Orange County Business Journal article by Smith Dickson: “Obtaining Bank Financing in Difficult Situations” (April 10, 2017)

Obtaining or renewing bank lines of credit or loans isn’t always a simple process. A business may be declined credit and not have a clear answer as to why it was refused the financing it needed. Banks consider the “Five C’s of Credit” (capacity, capital, collateral, conditions and character) in extending financing, which can be difficult to evaluate from a typical commercial applicant’s perspective. On top of those criteria, other factors can play a key role when credit is not approved, such as lack of preparation, poor records, and the bank’s level of risk aversion for certain types of loans or industries. It is in these more challenging situations that a qualified CPA firm can prove to be particularly helpful.