Short-Term Business Loans

​Growing your small business on your own can be very difficult without access to additional business funding. One of the most common ways to raise working capital for your business is through a business loan. banks-business-loans

At Microplus Capital, we want to help you and your small business thrive and can provide you with access to small business loans with funds sent in as quickly as two business days.*

What makes small business loans through Microplus Capital Unique?

Microplus Capital is the market share leader in alternative small business finance. We work hard to get your business approved for funding because we know how important it is for you and your small business.

Furthermore, Microplus Capital can provide you access to the capital you need quickly. Not only can you complete the entire loan application online in 10 minutes or less, but your business can have funds sent in as little as two business days*. Finally, we provide such great service that over 70% of our eligible customers renew with Microplus Capital.

Basic Requirements for Approval

Your business may qualify for a loan if:

Your business has a monthly gross revenue of $4,500 or more.
Your business’s monthly revenue is relatively stable.
Your business has been in operation for at least 4 months.

How much can my small business get?

Microplus Capital can help you access very small to very large small business loans: from $2,500 up to $150,000** for single location businesses and up to $250,000 for multi-location businesses. These loans also have a range of terms from 4 to 24 months. That means your small business can access a short-term loan for inventory, for example, then sell your merchandise and pay off the loan quickly. Or, you can get a longer-term loan and take your time paying back what your business borrowed.

​How fast can my small business get a loan?

Microplus Capital provides access to fast business loans. Our end-to-end online business loan application is quick and easy and business funds are sent in as little as 2 business days upon approval. Get prequalified for a business loan online or over the phone in ten minutes or less!

What can my small business use the loan for?

You have the freedom to use your small business loan for almost any business related need including but not limited to:

Assets: inventory, tools, equipment, vehicles, and technology
Improvements: research and development, business expansion, renovations, and general upgrades
Regular Expenses: payroll, inventory, taxes, accounts payable and advertising

​ Regardless of what you choose to do with your small business financing, you’ll find a few big benefits through Microplus Capital:

No checks! A small, fixed amount is automatically deducted from your business bank account each weekday.
No personal collateral needed.
Approval is based on your business’s strength.
Funding is fast enough to cover unexpected expenses.

Indicative CMBS Conduit Loan Rates – 10/13/2015

10-Year Fixed-Rate Loan Term (25/30 Yr. Amortization)
LTV/DSCR/DY Spread Range (1) Swap Rate Range (2)
Multifamily 75/1.25/8.5 250 275 1.98% 4.48% 4.73%
Commercial (3) 75/1.25/8.5 250 275 1.98% 4.48% 4.73%
Hospitality 70/1.40/11.0 270 300 1.98% 4.68% 4.98%
Self-Storage 70/1.35/9.0 250 275 1.98% 4.48% 4.73%
10/13/2015 10-Yr Swap Rate: 1.98%
http://ycharts.com/indicators/10_year_swap_rate
(1) Spread and Rate Lower for Low Leverage (50%) Loans > $10 million (approx. 25 bps)
(2) Rate Locked at Closing, Fixed for 10-Yrs (Early Rate Lock Available)
(3) Retail/Office/Industrial
7-Year Fixed-Rate Loan Term (25/30 Yr. Amortization)
LTV/DSCR/DY Spread Range (1) Swap (2) Rate Range (3)
Multifamily 75/1.25/8.5 285 340 1.71% 4.56% 5.11%
Commercial (4) 75/1.25/8.5 285 340 1.71% 4.56% 5.11%
Hospitality 70/1.40/11.0 310 360 1.71% 4.81% 5.31%
Self-Storage 70/1.35/9.0 285 340 1.71% 4.56% 5.11%
10/13/2015 7-Yr Swap Rate: 1.71%
(1) Spread and Rate Lower for Low Leverage (50%) Loans > $10 million (approx. 25 bps)
(2) 7-Yr Swap Rate is Interpolated
(3) Rate Locked at Closing, Fixed for 7-Yrs (Early Rate Lock Available)
(4) Retail/Office/Industrial
5-Year Fixed-Rate Loan Term (25/30 Yr. Amortization)
LTV/DSCR/DY Spread Range (1) Swap Rate Range (2)
Multifamily 75/1.25/8.5 320 400 1.41% 4.61% 5.41%
Commercial (3) 75/1.25/8.5 320 400 1.41% 4.61% 5.41%
Hospitality 70/1.40/11.0 345 425 1.41% 4.86% 5.66%
Self-Storage 70/1.35/9.0 320 400 1.41% 4.61% 5.41%
10/13/2015 5-Yr Swap Rate: 1.41%
http://ycharts.com/indicators/5_year_swap_rate
(1) Spread and Rate Lower for Low Leverage (50%) Loans > $10 million (approx. 25 bps)
(2) Rate Locked at Closing, Fixed for 5-Yrs (Early Rate Lock Available)
(3) Retail/Office/Industrial
LTV: Loan Amount Divided by Appraised Value.  A full-narrative MAI appraisal ordered by
a CMBS conduit lender from a nationally recognized firm (i.e. CB Richard-Ellis)
DSCR: Annual Underwritten Net Cash Flow (w/vacancy & reserves) divided by annual
mortgage payment based on estimated interest rate and amortization schedule
Debt Yield: Underwritten Net Cash Flow (w/vacancy & reserves) divided by Loan Amount

Dell buys EMC for $67 billion

http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2015/10/12/dell-emc-merger.cnnmoney/
In the biggest tech deal of all time, Dell announced Monday that it has agreed to buy corporate software, storage and security giant EMC for $67 billion.
The deal completes Dell’s transformation from a consumer PC business to an IT solutions provider for companies. That process began when Dell bought Perot Systems for $4 billion in 2009 and went full throttle in 2013 when company founder Michael Dell took the business private.

EMC is a behemoth of a corporate IT business. It is among the largest providers of storage hardware in the world. It also makes servers and owns security company RSA, which is known for its hard-to-crack SecurID tokens. And its most prized possession is its 81% stake in VMware — the company that rules the world of virtualization software that allows businesses to run various operating systems on their devices.

“The combination of Dell and EMC creates an enterprise solutions powerhouse,” said Dell in a prepared statement. “Our new company will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next generation IT.” Yet both Dell and EMC have struggled lately as new technology trends have largely passed them by (namely: the cloud).

EMC made its name selling companies storage systems for their data centers. Now, cloud companies like Amazon can store all of a company’s stuff for cheaper. It’s no longer in vogue for businesses to operate their own data centers.

Meanwhile, Dell, the world’s second-largest server maker, is facing the same conundrum. As businesses offload their file storage to Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), many are letting those companies handle their email and Web serving too.

Dell in particular has struggled lately — it was the only top five server maker with falling shipments in the second quarter, according to tech consultancy Gartner.
Both companies have invested heavily in the cloud, but each has encountered a rocky transition. EMC’s stock sunk earlier this year, and it faced an activist shareholder revolt that failed to break up the company. Dell was forced to go private in a (very) leveraged buyout including large amounts of borrowing.

Dell said the company will remain private — for now. The complicated EMC deal will be financed with a significant amount of debt, while VMWare (VMW) will remain publicly-traded.

Whether the two companies will be better off together remains to be seen. But the merger certainly bucks the recent trend of large tech companies getting smaller instead of bigger.

Rival Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Tech30), for instance, is about to split into two: a consumer PC-focused business and a corporate IT solutions business. EBay (EBAY) jettisoned PayPal earlier this year.

The EMC-Dell merger is remarkably huge. It’s nearly twice as large as the proposed $37 billion tie-up between Broadcom and Avago, the next-biggest tech merger, according to Dealogic.

Source: CNN Money

 

World Bank Raises USD 5.25 billion

The World Bank (IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a dual-tranche transaction raising a total of USD 5.25 billion through USD 4 billion 3-year and USD 1.25 billion 7-year global benchmark bonds.

The transaction was significantly oversubscribed with 145 total orders across both tranches, a total final order book of USD 6.2 billion and strong official institution, bank treasury and fund manager participation. The joint-lead managers for this global bond are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets.

The 3-year tranche carries a semi-annual coupon of 1.000% and matures on October 5, 2018.  It offers investors a yield of 1.058%, which is equivalent to a spread of 14.7 basis points over the 1.00% U.S. Treasury note due September 15, 2018.

The 7-year tranche carries a semi-annual coupon of 1.875% and matures on October 7, 2022.  It offers investors a yield of 1.894%, which is equivalent to a spread of 14.15 basis points over the 1.75% U.S. Treasury note due September 30, 2022.

“We are delighted with the strong demand for this transaction.  The dual-tranche approach served us well, allowing us to raise a large amount to fund our development programs, offer our core investor base the 3-year maturity which is in very strong demand, and deepen our presence in the longer end of the yield curve with the 7-year tranche.  We appreciate the continued support from investors and comfort they take in World Bank bonds – especially during times of market volatility and uncertainty,” said George Richardson, Head of Capital Markets at the World Bank.

The present transaction is consistent with the World Bank’s longstanding practice of deploying its franchise as an issuer in the international capital markets to offer investor’s high-quality, liquid instruments.  This approach has direct benefits for World Bank member countries as well, since as a cooperative institution it is able to fund its activities as a provider of financial services to its members on highly attractive terms.

Investor Distribution of the USD 4 billion 3-year USD Benchmark:
By Geography By Investor Type
Europe
40%
Central Banks / Official Institutions
57%
Asia
33%
Banks / Bank Treasuries / Corporates
24%
Americas
25%
Asset Managers
19%
Middle East and Africa
2%

Investor Distribution of the USD 1.25 billion 7-year USD Benchmark:

By Geography By Investor Type
Europe
52%
Central Banks / Official Institutions
49%
Asia
28%
Banks / Bank Treasuries / Corporates
35%
Americas
20%
Asset Managers / Pension / Insurance
16%

Transaction Summary:

Issuer:
World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)
Issuer rating:
Aaa/AAA
Tranche:
3-year
7-year
Amount:
USD 4 billion
USD 1.25 billion
Settlement date:
October 7, 2015 October 7, 2015
Coupon:
1.000% 1.875%
Coupon payment dates:
April 5 and October 5
(semi-annual, short first)
April 7 and October 7
(semi-annual)
Maturity date:
October 5, 2018 October 7, 2022
Issue price:
99.830% 99.876%
Issue yield:
1.058% 1.894%
ISIN:
US459058ER04 US459058ES86
Listing:
Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Clearing system:
Fedwire, Euroclear, Clearstream
Joint lead managers:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets
Senior Co-lead managers:
BMO, Credit Agricole, Daiwa, Nomura
Co-lead managers:

BNP Paribas, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, FTN, Goldman Sachs, SEB, RBS, Wells Fargo, TD Securities

Joint lead manager quotes:

“Once again, the World Bank has employed the dual-tranche strategy to great effect. The issuer’s ability to access diverse investor bases across both tranches is particularly impressive in light of recent market volatility. The transaction is an ideal continuation of their USD Benchmark program for 2015-16,” said Adrien de Naurois, SSA Syndicate at BofA Merrill Lynch.

“IBRD has again demonstrated outstanding market access with this USD 5.25 billion dual tranche transaction. To achieve an issue of this size in these challenging markets is a phenomenal success and testament to the IBRD franchise,” said Philip Brown, Head of Public Sector DCM at Citi.

“The USD SSA marketplace has been challenging since the end of the summer, and it needed a flagship issuer like the World Bank to reinvigorate it with a textbook transaction. This dual tranche deal demonstrated the World Bank’s continued appeal to investors across the curve, as well as its ability to dynamically and proactively respond to market conditions and investor feedback. The success of this issuance further underscores the World Bank’s continued pre-eminent status in the SSA universe,” said Navindu Katugampola, SSA Origination at Morgan Stanley.

“Given the recent volatility we clearly needed that rare combination of high quality credit, precise timing and a bit of courage thrown in for good measure and the results leave no doubt as to the World Bank’s special ability to attract a high quality investor base – the World Bank team are to be congratulated for maintaining an amazing track record in the face of very uncertain markets,” said Jigme Shingsar, Head of US SSAs at RBC Capital Markets.

About the World Bank

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), is an international organization created in 1944. It operates as a global development cooperative owned by 188 nations. It provides its members with financing, expertise and coordination services so they can achieve equitable and sustainable economic growth in their national economies and find effective solutions to pressing regional and global economic and environmental problems. The World Bank Group has two main goals: to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. The World Bank (IBRD) seeks to achieve them primarily by providing loans, risk management products, and expertise on development-related disciplines to its borrowing member government clients in middle-income countries and other creditworthy countries, and by coordinating responses to regional and global challenges. The World Bank has been issuing bonds in the international capital markets for over 60 years to fund its sustainable development activities and achieve a positive impact. Information on bonds for investors is available on the World Bank Treasury website: www.worldbank.org/debtsecurities.

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Optimistic IMF forecasts could be undone by financial woes

THE developing world is catching up with advanced economies, but no longer as quickly as they would like. That has spooked investors. The slump in commodity prices and fears of an increase in interest rates in America led to 2015 being the first year since 1988 in which there will be a net capital ouflow from emerging markets.

The IMF’s new World Economic Outlook, published yesterday, offers little comfort. Some of the IMF’s headline projections seem relatively chirpy. Despite deepening recessions in Brazil and Russia, the BRICS economies as a whole are still growing at a decent speed of 4.8% this year, and growth is projected to rise to nearly 6.0% in 2020. Last month Citi warned that a global recession led by an emerging-market slowdown is on the way; the IMF are positively bullish by contrast. In 2016 the IMF expects China to steam ahead at 6.3% growth, and India at a whopping 7.5%.

But the IMF has been accused of over-optimism in the past, and they themselves admit that there are some big risks. One they highlight is the risk of a slowdown in emerging markets, coupled with investor panic. The IMF’s charts (see below) suggest what might happen in this scenario. A four percentage-point drop in investment would slash growth in the BRICS economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) from 6% to 4% by 2020. The IMF expects that the effects would spill over to the advanced economies, cutting growth by the end of the decade from 1.9% to 1.6%.

If investors yank their capital from emerging markets along with the slow-down, then, as shown in the chart by the difference between the orange and red lines, the IMF thinks that in the very short run everyone would suffer even more. In other words, an emerging market slowdown will be uncomfortable; if financial-market panic about the slowdown increases, things will be much worse.

Source: The Economist

We have no idea what we’re doing…

By PRIYA ANAND
CONSUMER FRAUD REPORTER

MW-DD618_invest_20150116125541_ZHOver the last four decades, the 401(k) plan has replaced the pension as the main form of retirement plan. About 31% of workers had so-called defined contribution retirement plans in 2008, up from just 8% in 1980, according to the Social Security Administration. That means many Americans are now managing investments on which their financial well-being depends—and doing it in their spare time.

Unfortunately, many lack the basic financial literacy to be any good at investing. In a 2012 study by the educational foundation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra), the brokerage industry’s self-regulatory body, the average U.S. adult correctly answered only 2.9 out of 5 basic financial questions about topics like risk, inflation, interest rates and mortgages. (Only 14% answered all five questions correctly.)

The average American doesn’t follow market news that closely, either—and when you don’t know what’s going on, it’s harder to make good decisions about your money. In 2013, the S&P 500 index rose 30%. When asked in a Gallup poll a few months later how the market had performed that year, however, only 7% of respondents recalled that it had done that well; 30% thought stock prices had either been flat or gone down.

Source: Market Watch

US businesses are doing just fine – Goldman

There’s much talk on Wall Street about US corporations struggling in the present global economic environment. But broadening the lens beyond public firms reveals a different picture.

Pre-tax profits at non-financial firms jumped at a 10.6 per cent year-over-year pace in the second quarter, according to a Goldman Sachs analysis of Federal Reserve data, which takes in more small businesses.

That compares to a drop of 11 per cent among companies listed on the S&P 500, led by energy firms.

The S&P 500 is made up of large American companies — those with a market value of at least $4 billion. For a sense of perspective, the US Census Bureau estimates there existed 5.7 million American firms with paid employees in 2012, of which only a little more than 18,000 employed more than 500 people.

Earnings growth is critically important for investors, as many economic models base a company’s value on its profits.

The New York-based investment bank reckons the divergence in the earnings picture is at least partially due to public firms’ greater exposure to moves in the US dollar and global economic demand.

The greenback has risen about 7 per cent against a basket of major world currencies this year. A rising dollar makes American goods more expensive to global markets. Oftentimes, larger multi-national firms, which often trade on public markets, are particularly impacted by such currency moves.

Meanwhile, economic growth in emerging markets has taken a hit this year. China, the world’s No. 2 economy, may see growth slow from 7.3 per cent last year to 6.8 per cent this year, according to an estimate from the International Monetary Fund. That could ricochet across the world.

Goldman said companies are still benefiting broadly from low interest rates, which have “helped release cash flow.” Indeed, net interest expenses continue falling on year-to-year basis, albeit at a substantially slower pace than even a year ago. That could be the result of firm’s taking on more interest-bearing debt.

Businesses are also making capital expenditures beyond the pace in which their current equipment is depreciating. Goldman estimates that on an adjusted basis, fixed capital expenditures net of depreciation and amortization equated to roughly 13.5 cents of every dollar of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

“To put this figure into perspective, this is a similar pace of capital expenditure to that last seen during the second half of the previous business cycle, i.e., around 2005-06,” Goldman said in a note to clients.

Goldman also notes companies are generating “abundant” free cashflow – a key indicator of corporate profitability – to the tune of about 22 cents for every dollar of EBITDA.

We note that the trend in free cash flow generation is down from the earlier part of the recovery; for instance, we calculate that free cash flow stood as high as 35 cents in the second half of 2009 and into 2010. That said, the latest figures remain very respectable. Average free cash flow in the 2001-07 cycle was 17 cents, and corporates have been clearing that mark consistently since 2009, while maintaining high levels of net capital spending.

Nasdaq plunges 3%, Dow loses 313 points

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Stocks tumbled Monday to kick off the new week in the red, as Wall Street reacted to fresh data showingChina’s economy is in slowdown mode, overshadowing a big deal in the hard-hit energy patch.

The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 313 points, or 1.9%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2.6% and the Nasdaq composite index plunged more than 143 points, or 3%.

Blue chips comprising the Dow temporarily ducked below 16,000 at one point, the first time the index has fallen below that mark since Aug. 25.

The U.S. stock market is still coping with its first market correction, or drop of 10% or more, since 2011.

The latest hit to investor sentiment was a continued drop in Chinese Industrial Profits, which fell 8.8% in August vs. the same period a year ago. This is just the latest data point out of the world’s second- biggest economy that suggests economic softening. Another headline putting investors in a risk-off mode are reports that Volkswagen’s ex-CEO is being investigated for criminal charges by German authorities as part of the investigation into the emissions-cheating scandal that has engulfed the carmaker in recent weeks.

Also adding to the market’s angst is a 20% plunge in shares of global commodity giantGlencore. In addition, CNBC reported that hedge fund manager and billionaire investorCarl Icahn is set to release a video tomorrow warning of danger ahead for markets, aruging that the Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy has led to bubbles in art, real estate and high-yield bonds and that the fallout could be severe.

The Fed, of course, opted not to hike interest rates at its meeting earlier this month, but Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated in a speech Thursday that the U.S. central bank is still on track to hike rates sometime in 2015. Those comments were echoed earlier today by New York Federal Reserve president William Dudley. Dudley is just one of four Fed speakers slated to comment on monetary policy today.

That negative news overweighed news that aluminum giant Alcoa will split into two separate companies as a way to spur growth and a deal in the energy sector, whereEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) is acquiring Williams Cos. for nearly $33 billion.

Alcoa (AA) shares ended up 5.7%, but its shares closed last night down nearly 50% from its 52-week high. Williams Cos. (WMB) shares were off 12.1% and Energy Transfer fell 12.7%.

U.S. investors also got some good news on the economic data front, with Augustconsumer spending rising 0.4% and personal income up 0.3%.

Shares were down again in Europe, hurt by China’s dour economic news and the continued crisis engulfing VW. The FTSE 100 in London was off 2.5%, the DAX in Germany was down 2.1% and the CAC 40 in Paris was 2.8% lower.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 1.3%.

Source: USA Today

European Stocks Drop …

The optimism that sent European stocks rallying on Friday was short-lived.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 2.2 percent today as growth concerns resurfaced after Chinese industrial companies reported profits fell the most in at least four years. Commodity producers slumped to their lowest levels since 2009, with a record plunge by Glencore Plc. Automakers, which had their worst week since 2011, fell a further 3.6 percent.

“The economic recovery is turning out to be a bit lackluster,” said Rosamunde Price, who helps oversee about $14 billion as chief investment strategist at Seven Investment Management in London. “People are worrying that global growth may have already passed its peak, plateaued, and is possibly turning down. Markets have just been so volatile, I’d recommend investors to shut up shop — the best thing now would be a moment of dullness.”

Bullishness swept through European markets on Friday, with the Stoxx 600 rallying 2.8 percent, the most in almost a month, after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled recent market turmoil won’t derail the U.S. recovery. Yet the gains weren’t enough to erase a second consecutive weekly decline. Europe’s benchmark measure has lost 18 percent from this year’s record in April and reached an eight-month low on Thursday.

Concerns over global growth have hit forecasts for corporate profits. Cuts to earnings estimates outnumber increases by the most in three years, and the pessimism could reach levels last seen during the financial crisis, based on an index tracking the changes compiled by Citigroup Inc.

In Spain, where equities entered a bear market last week, the IBEX 35 Index dropped 1.3 percent after earlier rising 0.8 percent. Catalan voters narrowly rejected the regional president’s plan to build an independent state and left him needing a deal with an anti-capitalist party that rejects the rule of law if he wants to govern.

Almost 550 of the Stoxx 600 shares fell. Glencore sank 29 percent and as much as 31 percent as Investec Plc warned that there was little value for shareholders should low commodity prices persist. Volkswagen AG plunged 7.5 percent to its lowest price since 2011, and Porsche Automobil Holding SE, which owns the majority of Volkswagen’s common stock, declined 6.9 percent.

Vodafone Group Plc fell 4.8 percent after saying talks with Liberty Global Plc about a possible exchange of assets have ended.

SBM Offshore NV surged 14 percent after being invited to participate in Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA tenders. SABMiller Plc gained 1.3 percent on speculation that Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is close to submitting a bid.

Source:   – Bloomberg

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