Finance for Engineering Equipment
High quality engineering means high cost equipment. Discover the solutions that can make it affordable.
- Spread costs over 6-60 months
- Rates from 6%
- We can often undercut ’0%’ deals from equipment suppliers
- Balloon payment options - reduce monthly outgoings
- No capital requirement
- Acquire any type of equipment
- Asset refinance available
- No upfront costs
Large scale investment
- Equip entire factory
- Raising funds with a commercial mortgage
- Mezzanine funding
- Equity funding
Whether you are setting up an engineering production operation, getting the right tooling and machines is essential.
The cost of basic engineering equipment such a lathe run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Adding ancillaries, setting up, and integrating everything into an efficient production line can run into millions, even before you start looking at providing computer control and robots.
The costs are made all the more challenging because you will need to have every asset in place before production can begin. Raising the necessary funds through loans may be possible, but costly.
Acquiring production assets
You may be able to set up a basic assembly-based manufacturing business with little more than basic hand tools. But if your plans are more than a screwdriver operation you will need machine tools, and the larger your operation becomes, and the more processes you bring in house, the more production tools you will need.
The needs don’t stop with tooling. Conveyors and handling equipment will be needed for virtually all modern quantity production operations. Robots and custom-built automated production equipment will be necessary as your business grows. The equipment you need will depend on your plans. While a single basic CNC machine can cost just a few thousand pounds, a full automated assembly line for a small appliance will cost several million.
Your funding options
Only the largest engineering operations have the cash reserves to equip a full production operation outright.
Fortunately, there is a range of funding options which can help you finance the equipment you need.
- Asset Finance
- Mezzanine Finance
- Commercial Mortgage
Asset Finance - Hire Purchase and leasing - can help put virtually any type of production equipment within your reach.
Hire Purchase – buying your equipment
Hire Purchase offers a straightforward way to spread the cost of equipping your production operation. You pay a fixed rate of interest and agreed monthly payments, making budgeting simple and easy. You will need to put down a deposit, typically between 5%-25% of the total price, and repay the remainder, together with the interest, over an agreed period of up to 60 months. Smaller items, such as workbenches or basic tools such as pillar drills and bench grinders, may be suitable for Hire Purchase.
You may also have the option to structure your payments to fit your projected cash flow. For example, you can reduce your regular payments by agreeing to pay a final lump sum, known as a balloon payment, when your production is fully operational.
Lease – avoiding capital costs
Leasing operates like a rental agreement. With a lease, your production equipment is hired to you by the finance company. It remains their property, avoiding the need for capital expenditure and ensuring that you need never be left with obsolete equipment. Monthly payments and interest rates are fixed for the duration of the contract. You may also be able to choose a lease which gives maintenance and repair back to the finance company, helping reduce your risk.
You can pay for your equipment from the income it generates each month.
When equipment becomes obsolete, or your production process changes, you can simply return it to the finance house at the end of the lease. This makes it simpler to adopt the latest technology - helping your business maintain a competitive edge.
Pay less than with suppliers finance
Equipment manufacturers and dealers will often offer HP arrangements. These can sound very attractive, and can even include 0% finance options. While these can look attractive, at Rangewell we have found that there can actually be hidden costs. You may be able to save money by arranging finance yourself.
See how we can help you beat 0% finance deals.
Helping you raise cash for a deposit
Problem with raising cash for a deposit for an HP deal - or for other business purposes? An Asset Refinance agreement can let you release the investment you have already made in existing equipment, and re-use the funds.
It works by letting you sell existing assets to a finance company, who will provide you with a cash payment which you can use as you wish. You will then make monthly repayments to buy them back.
You can continue to use the equipment while you are repaying. You can also use Asset Refinance to replace an existing funding agreement - allowing you to reduce monthly outgoings.
Find out more about Asset Refinance.
Mezzanine Funding for large-scale needs
To acquire a complete factory or fund a large production line, you may need a scale of funding that many lenders will simply not be able to provide.
Equity funding could be one way to provide the scale of funding required. There are no repayments to make, because you are selling a share in your business. However, it will mean sharing all future profits with your investors and could mean losing control of your business.
Mezzanine Finance can provide a solution. A lender will provide the funds you need, secured on the future of your business.
This means that they will offer a high level of funding, but you will need to repay their debt and interest charges - if you fail to repay, they will have the right to take an agreed proportion of equity interest in the company.
Find out more about how Mezzanine Finance can offer a high level of funding.
It may be possible to simply borrow funding for individual machines.
There are two types of basic business lending, which can be used for any business purpose and can provide a simple way to funding for. Unsecured business loans can be suitable for smaller items and usually allow you up to 5 years to repay.
Secured loans are ‘secured’ because the lender will require security in case you cannot pay the loan back. This could be your home or your business premises. They can be used to borrow large sums, and payback can be arranged over 10 year plus terms.
WHAT WE CAN DO
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Find funding for vehicles that undercuts the 0% deals offered by dealers
Raising funds with a Commercial Mortgage
If you own your factory or other business premises, you may be able to use them to raise the funding you need for a production facility. By taking out a Commercial Mortgage on the property, you can raise a large sum which you can use for any business purpose. Repayments can be over 20 years or more.
Find out more about raising funds with a Commercial Mortgage.
How we help you capitalise engineering manufacturing
At Rangewell, we work across the entire lending industry. and our finance experts have personal experience of different business sectors, including the engineering industry.
Their expertise works for you. They know the lenders who specialise in finance for production machinery, and those who understand your business sector. It means that we can help you find the most competitive rates for all types of finance solutions.
We put this knowledge to work for you, finding the most competitive deals for the equipment you need, from a single machine to a complete line.
As well as conventional finance products, we can help you find Alternative Funding, using new loan providers and styles of funding. We know the lenders who can offer the most competitive rates for the sector. Whether you have a straightforward finance need or require a complicated ‘Jigsaw’ funding plan made up of a combination of lending types, we can provide the answers.
Helping you build your profits
Funding tailored to your businessAt Rangewell, we can help set up jigsaw funding to fit your various business needs. Working capital finance, asset finance and other types of lending can be tailored for different funding needs.
Spread the cost of equipmentEquipment costs can be spread over months or years. You may not even need a deposit with some types of asset finance.
Helping you grow your businessFunding can keep pace with your needs as you scale up your business.
Leasing reduces ongoing costsLeasing can avoid the maintenance costs associated with large machinery.
Avoid depreciation costsWith a lease you avoid depreciation. You don’t own equipment that is falling in value.
Low fixed-monthly paymentsYou need to keep your monthly outgoings under control. We can help you match payments to your budget.
Download Rangewell’s free and detailed guide to finance for Engineering Equipment
How you can work with equipment you can’t afford to buy
What are the types of finance - which is right for you?
How to find the right provider - why they are not all the same
Are there downsides to finance?
How to arrange asset finance
What paperwork do you need?
Key terms explained
Getting the right funding arrangement is essentialGetting the most appropriate type of finance for your particular needs is essential to keep costs under control.
The costs of asset financeInvesting in new machinery with asset finance will mean repaying from month one. Turnover may not increase immediately, which may leave you with a cashflow issue.
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