Debt problems affect thousands of businesses every year, resulting in winding up orders and liquidation for many. Your company may have entered a period of financial difficulty for a range of reasons. Whether your sales are down, profits aren’t what they could be, a poor economic climate squeezing all profitability out of your company, or something else, don’t worry; you’re not alone.
To prevent your business from entering any further into a downward spiral of financial uncertainty, take a proactive stance. A business turnaround plan will need to be set out as soon as possible to give your business renewed direction.
If your business requires a turnaround plan, you’re almost certainly experiencing financial difficulties. Finding a source of funding to boost a turnaround will be difficult in such a scenario, therefore, you will need to:
First stabilize your business to allow your company to survive the initial crisis.
Next, refinance in order to fund re-growth and future success.
It’s unlikely that you will have much confidence from your lenders, due to the company’s current financial position. It will be difficult for you to make any financial forecasts appear feasible given the recent history of your business.
It will be important that you:
Try to raise funds from within the business.
Raise funds through asset-based lending. The value of the security you have available will be appealing to asset based lenders. You may have to resort to selling some, or all of the business, to a specialist turnaround investor.
Once you have a business turnaround plan, clearly and meticulously set out, you should contact your bank or alternative lenders to explain how you intend to overcome the current difficulties.
You will need to gain support from your creditors, so make sure you can convince them that your plans are clear, concise and robust. You will need to determine whether further financial support is required.
Communication with lenders is key at this stage, as if they lose confidence in you or your business, your situation will become a lot more difficult.
Ultimately, your creditors will want you and your business to succeed. If your business results in entering liquidation or receiving a winding up order, your creditors are unlikely to see a large amount of their loan ever again, so it’s in everybody’s interest for your company to continue to operate.
It’s highly advisable that if you are seeking a business turnaround, you contact a business recovery expert to discuss your situation, your options, and ultimately, your plan of action.