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The Role of the Credit Professional in the Commercial Leasing Industry by Lisa Moore CCP
December 15, 2009: civil servants in Ireland rally in reaction to the Irish government's vote in favour of a reduction in public sector compensation by 5-15%. The Republic of Ireland is claimed to be facing the deepest financial crisis of any advanced nation and it isn't over yet.
May 5, 2010: striking protestors in Greece, the undisputed pillar of ancient democratic civilization, jam the streets setting the finance ministry ablaze, killing three.
How can a supplier protect their interest in inventory shipped to a customer from banks and other creditors?
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/video/96Enjoy this complimentary Webinar
Overview of Proposed PIPEDA Amendments
On May 25, 2010, the Minister of Industry tabled amendments to the federal private sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA was introduced in 2001 and has been applicable to many private sector enterprises since 2004.
Court Declines to Approve Sale of Assets as Part of Proposal Proceedings
In the decision of Justice Cumming In the Matter of the Proposal of Hypnotic Clubs Inc. (“Hypnotic” or the “Debtor”) the court dismissed a motion by the Debtor for a sale of its assets pursuant to s.65.13 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (“BIA”).
CRA Trust Overrides Contractual Right To Set Off
In a recent decision involving the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and the Caisse populaire du bon Conseil (Caisse), the Supreme Court of Canada, (SCC) considered whether a lender’s contractual rights in respect of its customer’s term deposit account could be overridden by a deemed statutory trust in favor of the Crown.
The issue was whether the Caisse, by virtue of its contractual arrangement with its customer, Camvrac Enterprises Inc, held an iron clad security interest over the proceeds of its deposit account that could not be overruled.
Factoring Agreement: Security or Sale of Assets?
Lenders and other members of the factoring community should be aware of the potential impact of a recent ruling on a priority fight over the accounts receivable of a bankrupt company. One of the issues that the court had to consider was the application of a factoring agreement.
Demand Promissory Notes and the (New) Ontario Limitations Act
Hare v. Hare (218 O.A.C. 164), a December 2006 decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, has important ramifications for the use of demand promissory notes in tax planning. Legal and tax planners should be aware that standard drafting language used in promissory notes may bring about unintended consequences.
PPSA & Legislative Q's
Financial Ratios and Related Tools
A ratio by itself is an incomplete figure that could be misleading if analyzed in isolation. To perform an analysis, inter-related ratios should be examined and calculated over a period of time to see the trends, and then compared to ratios of industry or peers.
All About Choice
Experience has told us that when the economy turns bad, it’s time to expect more accounting shenanigans from public companies. This can happen in three ways.
Sometimes, a company has been using aggressive accounting for years, and a dismal economic picture makes it difficult to hide the old chicanery any further. Other times, a firm decides to use accounting tricks to mitigate the impact of poor operating results.
Financial statement simple analysis
In today's environment the obtaining of Financial Statements from a customer is becoming virtually impossible. A good credit professional needs to sell his customer on the benefits of supplying at least a common size balance sheet and income statement in order to justify a credit limit sufficient to meet both yours and the customer's needs.
Role of the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB)
The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) is part of Industry Canada. Their role is to ensure public confidence in the market place by protecting the integrity of the bankruptcy and insolvency system.
Credit application Terms
Here is a list of items that are commonly included in B2B credit applications.
Foreign trade differs from domestic trade with respect to the instruments and documents employed. Most domestic sales involve an open-account credit where the customer is billed and has so many days to pay. In international trade, the seller is seldom able to obtain as accurate or as thorough credit information on the potential buyer as with a domestic sale.
- current Ratio
- Acid Test
Debit - Equity Ratios
- Current Debt to Tangible Net Worth
- Total Debt to Tangible Net Worth
- Working Capital
- Net Worth
Credit Rules (Axioms)
If short-term credit suppliers are paid by asset conversions, then the primary interest should be centered on the balance sheet and their focus of attention should be liquidity.
PPSA Registrations - Is this the Weakness in Your Armour?
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This expression is particularly apt when it comes to secured creditors and their registrations under the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (the "PPSA"). Although "getting it right the first time" has always been the mantra of secured creditors, the economic roller coaster ride of recent months has heightened the need to ensure a properly perfected secured claim.
Risk assessment is a step in a risk management procedure. Risk assessment is the determination of quantitative or qualitative value of risk related to a concrete situation and a recognized threat (also called hazard). Quantitative risk assessment requires calculations of two components of risk (R):, the magnitude of the potential loss (L), and the probability (p) that the loss will occur.
Credit Risk Management
Credit risk is defined as the likelihood of loss resulting from a customer's failure to pay for the goods delivered. It is the responsibility a Credit Manager to verify that all customer files are complete and contain all the necessary information to protect the accounts receivable.
The Personal Property Security Act ("PPSA") is the name given to each of the statutes passed by all common law provinces, as well as the territories, of Canada. They regulate the creation and registration of...
Hypothec Definition: - Is a charge on property upon which an unpaid creditor may enforce payment of the debt. It is the right of a creditor to take a...
Construction credit is a unique and specialized form of mercantile credit. Although the field follows many of the same principles, practices and procedures as mercantile credit, there are a number of factors that make the practice unique. In order to be successful, the credit professional must...
Acceleration Clauses in the Event of Default â€“ Are they enforceable?
All leases have an acceleration clause when there is a default, however there is not a consistent approach as to what the damages will be. Some leases require the defaulted lessee to pay the balance of payments due without discount while others utilize a net present value formula applying a discount rate close to, but generally below, the interest rate implied in the lease. A few still use “the rule of 78’s” (but few under 50 know what that means). The recent case, Hav-A-Kar Leasing Ltd. v. Vekselshtein 2012 ONCA 826 (“Hav-A-Kar”) discussed this matter but may have not quite got it right.
Target Take Two
http://www.creditedu.org/files/pdf/webinarsTarget_Canada_Keynote_Russell_Bennett_13Oct15.pdfBack by popular demand, Russell Bennett will revisit the bankruptcy of Target and the fall out for its creditors. In May, when we first held this Live-Webinar, it generated a lot of interest from our members â€“ follow up questions continue to come in to the National office.
Insights for the Target Debtor Community
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/tool/172Our webinar on the Target Bankruptcy would be of great interest to companies who felt the financial pinch from Targets shutdown in Canada. Webinar participants found it very insightful.
US Construction Laws (US Bonds and Mechanics Liens)
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/video/179This seminar will be of interest to credit managers, sales managers and anyone else with interests in selling to the US or planning to sell to the US construction industry.
Already pinched, many Canadians anxious about higher rates
Is Client Service at Risk of Being Displaced by Technology?
Nowadays, money transfer services have taken on an entirely new complexion in the financial markets. For starters, traditional banks and the international money transfer services they offer to clients are no longer cost-effective, or efficient. In the United Kingdom, there are several ranking money transfer services used by clients, including World First and Transferwise. Contrary to popular belief, FinTech does not eliminate the face-to-face communication or human-voiced support of traditional international currency transfer services; it enhances the efficiency of the services to ensure a seamless experience for clients.
BMC's 3Q Net Doubles; Lumber Price Hikes Help Sales Grow 7.3%
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/page/222BMC Stock Holdings, corporate parent of the nation's second-biggest full-service lumberyard, reported today its net income doubled to $18.4 million in the third-quarter from a year-earlier $9.2 million on a 7.3% increase in net sales to $881 million.Operating income actually dipped 1.2% to $33.3 million. The big change in net income stemmed largely from the fact that the company incurred a $12.5 million loss last year on extinguishment of debt but didn't report any such action this year.
Cedar Creek Deal, Other Costs Push BlueLinx Into the Red
Fresh off of its acquisition of Cedar Creek, BlueLinx reported today a first-quarter net loss of $13.4 million, swinging from a $600,000 profit in the year-earlier period. Sales rose 2.1% to $437.5 million. Gross profit totaled $55.3 million, a 1.6% gain, the Atlanta-based distributor said. Gross margin was essentially unchanged at 12.6% of revenues.
How to Better Know Your Customers
As a credit manager, a critical part of your role is to identify who you can trust and to what extent you find their claims realistic. This is translated into knowing your customers well and defining whether they can pay you as agreed. Naturally, you may not have much information for new clients. The amount of credit awarded requires careful consideration when managing new and existing customers. Luckily, there is a method for evaluating how creditworthy they can be.
Q and A (1)
What action can be taken to address recessions?
Because recessions are often caused by decreasing demand, the financial engineers want to increase the demand by offering financial stimulants in the form of tax reductions, subsidies in the form of transfer payments or interest rate reductions to make credit easier to obtain. This slowdown is largely caused by a collapse of the debt structure resulting in many people declaring bankruptcy or being laid off. It is unlikely that easier credit is the answer. As the Sub Prime collapse really affected poor and middle-class families, a tax break is not about to put much money in their pockets. The solution may take us back to the 1930’s when the focus of Government had to be on creating real jobs. Fortunately, real jobs in Western Canada are insulating Canada from the full impact of the situation in the U.S., but there may only be a 3 to 6 month delay.
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/wiki/74A property interest held by one person at the request of another for the benefit of a third party.
https://creditedu.org/knowledgecentre/index.php/site/wiki/40A legal right or interest that a creditor has in the debtor's property, lasting usually until the debt that it secures is satisfied.