Well, it’s the Fall of 2011, Wall Street has been highly volatile as fears of a new recession and disarray in the Eurozone dominate the news.
As I talk with clients and friends, the discussion always comes around to the question “now what?” What if my company needs capital? Where can I go?
First, there’s debt.
The debt markets are open for business. Based on my experience, finance companies and banks are lending. The public debt market is open too.
A borrower’s projections may get more “stress testing” now but interest rates are historically low.
Second, there’s asset sales
In part because debt is available, buyers are active. If your company needs to raise cash, you might consider selling a business.
I know companies who’ve raised cash in this manner. They’ve gotten good prices for the businesses sold and are now deploying the money.
Third, large cash-rich corporations may be a source of capital for your company.
Sometimes these relationships take the form of direct equity investments into your company but many times they take the form of JVs, licenses, cash advances or even simple grants.
These deals work when the relationship benefits the large company’s business, even if indirectly.
Lastly, don’t forget equity.
You may wish for higher prices when selling equity but you should also be pragmatic. You should ask yourself “how critical is the having cash now? What is the investment opportunity? Does it justify the cost of raising equity now?”
Again, my name is Dennis McCarthy. I’m happy to discuss funding options with you. My contact information is below.