26 July, 2010
The recurring theme in my last few newsletters has been – “Where’s the money”
While it does seem like the credit markets are finally starting to ease up, the criteria for borrowing money is still tough. And banks continue to not only be hard on new clients but on existing ones as well. Sadly borrowers who have had all their finance with one bank are being squeezed to reduce their exposure. And selling down assets doesn’t always help the borrower as the equity released is sucked up by the bank.
Refinancing banks is a popular pastime now and we’ve been successful with most of those we have taken on. A third party negotiator can be quite handy at those times.
There are lenders out there including non-bank financiers who survived the financial crisis and new ones are starting to appear, including private lenders. I’ve referred to these in previous newsletters like the April GLOBAL UPDATE – to read click here
Equity participation and joint ventures
Last weekend there were a few newspaper articles on the lack of money here including two in the Herald “Surviving when the money dries up” and “Get used to foreign investors”. The first article points to the lack of cash and inability to access capital here, which gives foreign investors – especially those from Asia where the money is now – the opportunity to take stakes in New Zealand business. Click here to read
The second – quoting Westpac’s David McLean – says we have only ourselves to blame because “We haven’t got the money to put up ourselves because we haven’t saved it”. He blames the lack of interest in our sharemarket, a very important source of equity finance, on a lack of flow of funds into superannuation. Click here to read
And in the Sunday Star Times Rod Oram says we have to make a radical change in the way we do business. He quotes the examples of the Singapore company Olam making a full bid for New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay and China’s First Bright taking 51% of the downstream processing and marketing operations of Synlait “one of our most ambitious dairy companies”.
In Rod’s view these are typical of “the classic trap that bedevils our entire primary sector. We are good at growing and processing, but we have largely shut ourselves out of distribution, selling and downstream value creation. If you look at the entire value chain of our agricultural products, the bulk of profits are captured by the likes of supermarkets, distributors and end users overseas.” To read Rod’s article click here
These articles do refer to larger projects, but there are opportunities being missed in smaller ones too. And, as hinted in my last newsletter, new solutions to raise money are becoming available. It just takes a bit of lateral thinking.
Let’s look at some of them.
We can structure “joint venture” deals where the incoming investor is protected from previous liabilities incurred by the incumbents or takes a position in preference to them.
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