Film Financing in Canada Via Tax Credit Loans

Film financing in Canada (we’re including television and digital animation productions) has significantly benefited from the Canadian government’s very aggressive stance on increasing tax credits, which are non-repayable.

Unbelievably, almost 80% of U.S. productions that have gone outside of the U.S. to be produced have ended up in Canada. Under the right circumstances all these productions have been, or are eligible for a number of federal and provincial tax credits which can be monetized for immediate cash flow and working capital.

How do these tax credits affect the average independent, and in some cases major studio production owners. The reality is simply that the government is allowing owners and investors in film, television and digital animation productions to get a very significant (on average 40%) guaranteed return on the production investment. This most assuredly allows content owners of such productions to minimize the overall risk that is associated with entertainment finance.

Naturally, when you combine these tax credits (and your ability to finance them) with owner equity, as well as distribution and international revenues you clearly have the winning potential for a success financing of your production in any of our aforementioned entertainment segments.

For larger productions that are associated with well known names in the industry financing tends to be available through in some cases Canadian chartered banks (limited though) as well as institutional Finance firms and hedge funds.

The irony of the whole tax credit scenario is that these credits actually drive what province in Canada a production might be filmed. We would venture to say that the overall cost of production varies greatly in Canada depending on which province is utilized, via labour and other geographical incentives. Example – A production might receive a greater tax credit grant treatment if it is filmed in Oakville Ontario as opposed to Metropolitan Toronto. We have often heard ‘follow the money’ – in our example we are following the (more favorable) tax credit!

Clearly your ability to finance your tax credit, either when filed, or prior to filing is potentially a major source of funding for your film, TV, or animation project. They key to success in financing these credits relates to your certification eligibility, the productions proper legal entity status, as well as they key issue surrounding maintenance of proper records and financial statements.

If you are financing your tax credit when it is filed that is normally done when principal photography is completed.

If you are considering financing a future film tax credit, or have the necessity to finance a production prior to filing your credit we recommend you work with a trusted, credible and experienced advisor in this area. Depending on the timing of your financing requirement, either prior to filing, or after you are probably eligible for a 40-80% advance on the total amount of your eligible claim. From start to finish you can expect that the financing will take 3-4 weeks, and the process is not unlike any other business financing application – namely proper back up and information related directly to your claim. Management credibility and experience certainly helps also, as well as having some trusted advisors who are deemed experts in this area.

Investigate finance of your tax credits, they can province valuable cash flow and working capital to both owner and investors, and significantly enhance the overall financial viability of your project in film, TV, and digital animation. The somewhat complicated world of film finance becomes decidedly less complicated when you generate immediate cash flow and working capital via these great government programmes..

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How to Achieve Franchise Financing Success in Canada

Franchise financing is an integral part of the Canadian entrepreneur’s challenge of obtaining and building a success Canadian franchise. As most Canadian business owners quickly discover, franchisors do not provide direct or indirect financing in the Canadian marketplace. This leaves the business owner essentially on his or her own to generate the capital they need from chartered banks, finance firms, and other institutions.

It goes without saying that the budding entrepreneur needs to first make a significant investment in general franchise knowledge – i.e. the pros and cons, as well as of course focusing on financing the franchise.

Franchises in Canada are product and service related. When you purchase the franchise you should have strong level of confidence that the concept is proven and successful, as you will be trying to replicate that success based on the products, services and brand awareness of the franchisor.

Franchisees are encouraged to do a proper level of due diligence based on that availability of information with respect to the business success of the franchisor. If you are considered a franchise that is owned and run by a large well know public company – think McDonalds! You of course have the ability to carefully review the financial statements and management commentary that is available to anyone by virtue of the companies listing on the public stock exchanges.

The good news about franchise financing and the risk that the business entrepreneur takes is that there is a significant amount of disclosure required by law to you as a franchisee. In Canada, as well as the United States you should have the ability to get a copy of the franchisors financial statements. If you don’t feel qualified to read and interpret a financial statement you should use the services of a trusted franchise financing advisor, or even your accountant or lawyer would be good choices.

Many franchisors in Canada will of course gladly give your franchisee references, and you should clearly talk to other franchisees about financial performance with respect to what you hope to achieve based on your personal investment and borrowed funds. When we say ‘ financial performance ‘ we of course mean general business basics such as sales, profits, working capital challenges, leverage ( how much debt do you need to take on ), etc.

In financing a franchise you clearly want to understand how much debt you are going to take on – this is also directly commensurate with what you need to put into the business as your own investment. Most business owners today fully realize that a franchise can never be 100% OPM. OPM= Other Peoples Money!

Our experience in Canadian franchise financing is that the financing of your newly acquired business has is a combination of your own investment, as well as borrowed funds. Franchise financing success in Canada is most commonly achieved by your utilization of the CSBF program, which is one of Canada’s best programs for small and medium sized business. This program provides up to 90% financing of leaseholds and fixed assets. When our firm structures a franchise financing we supplement the CSBF program with a combination, as required, of lease financing, and in some cases a cash term loan if in fact that is required.

In summary, by carefully selecting your franchisor, understanding your overall financial risk, and carefully putting together a financing package that fits your needs, you will have a very strong chance of being successful in your franchise venture.

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Equipment Financing In Canada – 2010 – Optimism For Your Business Financing Prospects!

The lease equipment financing industry in Canada has a self governing body called the CFLA – Canadian Finance and Leasing Association. Its U.S. equivalent organization recently put out a report on business financing availability and optimism – Let’s look at some of the key highlights of the report and try and put some Canadian flavor to them!

The equipment lease financing industry in Canada finances hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment and capital expenditures every year, in the U.S. that number is of course in the Billions. The Canadian Finance and Leasing Industry is a major driver in the Canadian economy! Overall confidence is increasing in business owners minds around:

1. The decision to acquire and finance new capital expenditures/equipment

2. The ability to get that financing approved!

Confidence in business financing seems for the first time to be increasing slowly and steadily from the rock bottom lows the world experienced in 2008 at the time of many financial implosions.

Most business owners are feeling that business conditions overall is improving, only a small minority feels things are trending downward. However, close to half of the respondents in the U.S. survey (and we feel it’s the same here in Canada) feel that the overall business environment will generally be ‘the same’ for the next half year or so.

Those companies that do have a demand for lease financing and equipment loans to fund their growth in capital expenditures believe that leasing continues to be an attractive alternative to other forms of debt. 30% of the U.S. business owners felt that lease financing demands will in fact increase.

Many business owners, both in the U.S. and Canada are still concerned about overall access to capital – that thought transcends all businesses, small and large, as the ability to get working capital, bank, and term financing in the last year or so has become increasing difficult.

Canadian business owners are clearly more optimistic than they have been in the last year or so, but we would strongly believe that the overall Canadian economic environment can best be reported as ‘fair ‘.

Putting the business owner and the customer aside for a moment, the leasing and equipment financing industry it has its own transitions and challenges going on. The leasing industry in Canada has historically been dominated by a number of different types of entities that provide equipment and lease financing to Canadian business. Many lease companies have exited the market, some have re focused their businesses on only their core competencies, and all lease firms have had to in general raise rates and tighten credit conditions. The majority of the industry is financed via banks, life insurance firms, and securitization firms in Canada. The trickle down theory kicked in, and as these three lynch pins of financing in Canada had their own problems this of course affected the lease co’s.

We would appear to have a classic stand off in the works – banks and lease companies are waiting and looking and focusing on more profitable transactions, and small and medium sized firms are not yet 100% comfortable that financing and growth and profits are around the corner. Let’s stay optimistic that both sides can meet on comfortable territory!

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Financing a Franchise in Canada

Clients who are contemplating purchasing a new or existing franchise in Canada are always asking how financing a franchise works in Canada. The Canadian franchise industry is of course huge and covers almost every type of business in Canada. Certainly the majority of franchises seem to be in the Hospitality and QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) industry, but in actuality every type of business has some sort of franchise model attached to it. The franchise concept is many an entrepreneurs’ answer to the Canadian dream of growth and profits through business ownership and self employment.

It should not come as a surprise to Canadian entrepreneurs that there is no one single option of solution for financing a franchise in Canada. The reality is that a number of possibilities exist, and in some cases you must use a combination of these sources to complete the financing successfully.

The main source of financing in Canada for franchising is a government ‘subsidized’ and ‘guaranteed ‘loan from the Federal government. The program has two names, the CSBFL, and the BIL. These are acronyms for the government’s formal name for the program.

We firmly believe that this is the best program, bar none, for rates, terms, and loan structures in Canada. While the program is available and applicable to all Canadian businesses the majority of businesses in Canada that are franchised fall under this program.

That’s the good news, the less than good news is that in many cases you cannot totally complete your business franchise purchase with this loan financing on it own. Why is that? Simply because the program is structured and has limitations on what can be financed.

What can be financed under this program? The answer is 3 items only-

Equipment
Leaseholds
Real Estate

So if your acquisition of a new franchise involves anything other than these three items additional financing sources are needed. Those additional financing sources tend to come from your own personal resources, other structured term loans, and in some cases a vendor take back from either the franchisee you are buying the existing business from, or potentially the franchisor itself. Don’t focus too much on the latter because in case you haven’t guessed by now, franchisors or master franchisors are interested in selling you a franchise so they can build another franchise unit into their network! They aren’t in the finance business per se.

The benefits of the franchise loan structure of the BIL/CSBFL program are significant. For a starter they carry only a 25% personal liability, and secondly the rates (3% over prime) (In 2010 Canadian primes continues to be very low!) are excellent. Under the spirit of the program the loan finances 90% of your eligible expenses. But don’t think that only a 10% equity or personal investment by yourself is going to get you approved. You should in general be thinking of anywhere between 25%+ as your own personal contribution to the business.

In summary, financing a franchise in Canada is a unique specialty type of financing. You don’t want to do it wrong the first time and endanger your prospects of success by poor planning and mis information. Speak to a trusted business financing advisor who has credibility, experience and background in this area of Canadian business financing. With proper planning and assistance you will be on our way to achieve the Canadian dream of business ownership through the franchise model.

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SR&ED Tax Financing – New SR&ED Loan Strategies

SR&ED tax Credits continue to be a strategic method in which Canadian business can both stay competitive and at the same time take advantage of the governments non repayable grants. Most parties agree this is probably the most beneficial grant program in Canada, bar none.

Not only is the program applicable to almost every industry in Canada, but at the same time business owners and financial managers can compound the power of this program by financing their claim. Get cash for my SR ED claim now? Asks Canadian business. The answer is an unqualified yes.

Let’s recap some of the key aspects of the program as they relate to your ability to ‘monetize ‘your tax credit into real cash flow and working capital now. Also, let’s recap and focus on some current issues in your ability to access and maximize your SR&ED claim.

If you aren’t filing a SR&ED claim you certainly can’t finance one. The Canadian government, both federally and provincially reimburse billions of dollars annually to Canadian business in all industries. A few industries seem more tailors made than others for SR&ED claims, example: Software and information technology. But the reality is your firm can be a commercial bakery, a sign company, or an industrial manufacturer. The bottom line is that almost every industry is eligible in some manner.

Government grants SR&ED dollars in its own interest to allow Canadian companies to become more competitive and profitable.

Your claim of course needs to be prepared by a knowledgeable third party. In Canada this essentially is an accountant who is proficient in SR&ED or a third party commonly called a SR&ED consultant. In many cases some consultants specialize in only certain industries, which is a plus.

Recently changes in the entire SR&ED process can both help and hinder your firm in maximizing your total SR&ED credit. Naturally the larger the claims the more amount of cash that you can finance under a tax credit financing.

Canada Revenue Agency has instituted new forms for the claim. Forms are found online at the government website, and in some cases have dramatically simplified your ability to file and explain and back up your claim. For example, the new online from limits the overall technical description of our claim to only 1400 words.

In general almost 75% of claims are not fully audited, and are therefore approved and somewhat fast tracked for refund.

How do some of the new forms and rules affect your ability to finance your claim? When it comes to financing your SR&ED claim it is critical to work with an experienced, credible, and trusted third party. Claims are generally financed at 70% of their overall value. Therefore your ability to have your claim fully document, prepared by a credible third party, and fast tracked into the ‘non audit ’75% of all claim range is a solid SR&ED financing strategy.

Naturally just because your claim might undergo a SR&ED audit does not mean it is not financeable. The reality is that your claim if it is strong and supportable will be approved and therefore can be financed.

We referenced that claims are financed at 70%. That simply means that the larger your claim you can receive immediately, on financing approval.70 cents on the dollar for your claim. You of course still receive the rest of the claim, less financing costs, when your claim is approved and funded by Ottawa

The entire SR&ED tax credit financing process is very similar to any other business financing. You should not approach it unlike any other financing your firm might contemplate – there is a basic application, which is of course supported by your actual technical claim. The SR&ED loan is collateralized by your claim, as we have stated. Typically a financing can be completed within a couple of weeks, which allows time for application, any due diligence that might be required, as well as documentation and registration of the claim.

If you are filing SR&ED claims in Canada you are among the 15% of businesses that are eligible for this non repayable grant – why not compound the power of that government benefit and consider financing your claim. Accelerate your cash flow and working capital and utilize those funds for any general corporate purpose. A recent firm we worked with chose to finance their sr&ed claim simply because they had seasonal cash flow – they didn’t want to wait for many months for their cheque – and intend to utilize those funds for general business growth and working capital.

So whats our bottom line? Its simply that you should take advantage of the funding under the program, and you may wish to consider monetizing your grant into cash flow now. That’s innovation in both your product and services, as well as your financing strategy! Utilize your funding to accelerate more research and use the cash flow for further growth and development.

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Cheap Insurance Companies and Their Services

To some people, cheap insurance companies are merely a myth, to others a reality they do not ever want to acknowledge, but one fact remains the same. Cheap insurance businesses are a commodity most people do not avail for different reasons. Some are scared that they might end up paying more than advertised others just do not want the extra expense.

It is true that there are quite a lot of insurance businesses out there on the internet that are not cheap at all, as well as insurance companies that are cheap and offer the best service. Then there are also cheap insurance businesses that are not just cheap with awful service (these are the ones you would want to avoid). If you want to save money while spending yet at the same time get the best service you will have to do some search into various cheap insurance companies.

There are two ways to find a good insurance company; online and by roaming around, but there is only one way to get a cheap insurance from a company i. E. Search the internet. The reason is simple, where an insurance company caters to clients across the state or just in your area, an online insurance company caters to people across America, and more business means better competition, which ultimately leads to cheaper and lower rates.

Keeping the above equation I know you will agree that the best deals are to be found online, however if you up and want to do business with the most advertised of insurance dealers, you are surely in for a heart-break. These companies in order to compensate for the high costs of advertisements offer some pretty high rates to their customers.

If you truly are looking for a cheap and reliable rate for your insurance, it would be wise for you go for the moderate kind of insurance businesses. These companies could be anywhere after the first ten or so search results. You can also choose to narrow down your results to your city, state, or even by using your zip code if you are searching for a company locally.

Remember to check on the bare minimum of insurance prerequisite in your state and then go forth with negotiating the essentials before negotiating the rates. Almost every state has some sort of bare minimum for their citizens insurance policies these days and it is entirely up to you to convert this slight problem into a blessing that does the most good for you.

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All About Insurance and How to Find Cheap Insurance

Insurance is very important. The way that insurance works is that a whole lot of people pay a small amount of money into an insurance pool. This pool of money will protect these people against some sort of risk, such as the risk of your car getting stolen. Because many people pay money into the pool, the pool becomes rich and full of money. Then if one person who has paid money into the pool gets their car stolen, then the insurance company will give them money out of the pool. The insurance pool can pay out much more money than that individual person had by himself.

The only reason that insurance works is because the problem that is the risk isn’t so big that it happens to everyone. Just think if everyone who invested money into the insurance pool had a car that got stolen, the insurance company wouldn’t be able to pay everyone out lots of money. Insurance companies spend huge amounts of money paying risk analyzers to work out how much risk is in place. They also pay an effective legal team to stipulate good terms and conditions so that clients don’t take advantage of the insurance company by making false claims.

Of course the bigger the company and the more clients it is, the more likely it is to be able to offer cheap insurance to the buyer. The more people that pay money into the pool, the bigger the pool of money becomes.

Well known companies are also able to offer cheap insurance, because they have a far bigger marketing budget, so they can reach more people and potential clients. It s also good to go with a big company, because they are more likely to be able to pay you out. They have a reputation to uphold.

On the other hand, big insurance companies have very good legal teams, so they might have to get out of paying you, by referring to small print in the contract that you may not have seen. So whenever you buy cheap insurance be sure to read the small print.

It is easy to find cheap insurance nowadays. Many companies are offering great deals. And a simple internet search will have you face to face with insurance quotes in no time at all.

Insurance is available in all sorts of areas. You can get insurance for your possessions such as your house, car or boat. You can also get health insurance or travel insurance. Some Insurance companies offer cheaper insurance packages to women. Some health insurance companies will not cover you if you have pre-existing medical conditions. You also get cheap life insurance or funeral plans.

Some people may want to insure their body parts, for example a hand model may insure her hands, because if she no longer has them she cannot work. You can basically find someone to insure you for just about anything. When you make a deal with an insurer, you are basically saying, in exchange for paying you a small fee, you will take financial responsibility for me if the stipulated event occurs.

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Compare Cheap Insurance Quotes – Save Time and Money by Comparing Cheap Insurance Quotes

How does your decision to compare cheap insurance quotes on the internet help you save precious time and money? The insurance market has become so competitive that it is impossible to identify a single insurance company as the best one around. There are many variable factors including the type of insurance that one wants, income and lifestyle of the individual, the asset that one wants to insure and the amount of premium that one is prepared to pay. In such a scenario, one cannot blame an individual for opting to compare cheap insurance quotes instead of entering the confusing world of insurance analysis.

How do you save money when you compare cheap insurance quotes? If you opt for quotes comparison, chances are very high that you will quickly identify the cheapest and most beneficial insurance policy for your life, car, home or any other asset. You will get a clear tabular analysis which will tell you how much one has to pay for each and every policy under consideration. If you do not compare cheap insurance quotes, you will have to prepare a comparative statement manually. This is next to impossible considering the fact that the average individual is rarely, if ever, conversant with how insurance policies work.

Another reason why one should compare cheap insurance quotes is that it helps save a lot of time. Getting quotes online helps you get all the information you want in a jiffy. You need not visit each and every insurance company’s office just to compare cheap insurance quotes. You need to state the amount of coverage you want and the amount of premium that you will have to pay will be flashed on the screen instantly. You can also get quotes through the telephone. In either case, a lot of time and effort shall be saved. If one considers the gas that one saves by avoiding visits to numerous insurance offices, the benefits of these free insurance quotes become even more significant. Never again will you have to take time out of your busy schedule to complete insurance related paper work. The web will help you take care of all that.

It is important to compare insurance quotes before getting signed up with an insurance policy. When you compare insurance quotes you can rest assured you are saving both time and money because you are guaranteed to get the lowest insurance quote.

Given the current recession it is important to make sure to prioritize your money and compare insurance quotes online. A good place to state would be an online website that actually allows you to compare insurance quotes online for free.

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Compare Cheap Insurance Quotes – Save Time and Money by Comparing Cheap Insurance

Before the invention and wide accessibility of the internet, people had to call around to compare cheap insurance quotes. They could spend hours of their lives on the phone only to find out that the best policy for them was the first one they called. They would then have to call the office back and go through the explanation again. Once they did they still had to go down to the local office and sign paper work and make a payment before they were insured.

Thankfully, times have changed and people don’t have to spend hours on the phone just to find the best rate. Logging on and going to your prospective insurance company takes a lot of time too. So how do you compare cheap insurance quotes to get the best deal on your car insurance? Just go to your favorite search engine instead.

By doing a search to compare cheap insurance quotes you will find a list of sites that offer multiple comparisons right on their site. Generally, these sites are not affiliated with any specific insurance company so you can be assured an accurate comparison.

It’s simple to compare cheap insurance quotes this way. All you have to do is input your information one time. Set the restrictions for coverage type and deductibles and hit the compare/search button. Within seconds a listing of all the major insurance companies will be appear on your screen. You can scroll through them and find the one that has the best coverage at the best price for you.

Often these sites will allow you to purchase insurance directly from them and offer discounts for doing so. By comparing cheap insurance quotes on line through one of the sites will save you time and money.

If you prefer spending endless hours on the phone just to get the best rate go right ahead. Using the internet can take the hassle out of buying car insurance. Who needs another headache when all you’re looking for is the best coverage in your price range?

It is important to compare insurance quotes before getting signed up with an insurance policy. When you compare insurance quotes you can rest assured you are saving both time and money because you are guaranteed to get the lowest insurance quote.

Given the current recession it is important to make sure to prioritize your money and compare insurance quotes online. A good place to state would be an online website that actually allows you to compare insurance quotes online for free.

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Comparing Cheap Insurance Quotes – The Best Trade Off Between Premium and Deductible

Shopping in general involves a lot of decision making. You have to be even more careful and use more analysis when buying insurance irrespective of the type of coverage you are looking for. You have to get an affordable deal that offers sufficient coverage. The best way in which you can do this is to collect as many cheap insurance quotes as possible. You can get this job done in no more than half an hour if you use the services of an online provider that gives you a bunch of offers from different insurers for free.

The more difficult part comes next. You will have to compare the different cheap insurance quotes you have obtained. It is essential for you to look for the most affordable of all deals. Apart from analyzing the rates you should check whether the insurance company offers any discounts that you might be eligible for. More importantly, you have to decide on the trade off between the premium and the deductible you will have to pay. Setting these two costs correctly will allow you to save a lot of money and to manage your budget more efficiently.

The premium is basically the fee that you have to pay annually or monthly for the coverage you get. In case you make a claim on your policy and the insurer approves it you will have to pay a deductible. It can be a set sum, but in most cases it is a percentage of the cost of the claim. You should also keep in mind that with health insurance plans the deductible is fixed and has to be paid once a year. Generally, the higher the deductible is the lower the premium is and vice versa.

You can save a lot by increasing your deductible. This is particularly beneficial when you buy auto and home insurance policies since you will have to incur this cost in an event that may never actually happen. At the same time everything is possible. Thus, it is best for you to set a deductible that you can afford to pay it at any time. You have to decide on how much you would want to increase this cost depending on a number of factors.

The main one is the premium. Generally, the experts recommend to any buyer to accept as high premium as they can comfortably afford. You should do some calculations in order to decide how much of your monthly income you can set aside for insurance. At the same time you have to take into account your savings. They will allow you to determine how much you could afford to take out of your pocket if you made a claim today. If this sum is not very large, you may think twice before setting a way too large deductible.

Overall, it is up to you to decide on the best trade off between premium and deductible. This is an individual decision that you have to take when comparing cheap insurance quotes. You have to make your choice by taking into consideration all relevant factors.

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