Project Finance

ALL ABOUT PROJECT FINANCE

A.    Project Finance:

A Project Finance is a lending agreement made between project owners and financial institutions for long-term financing of infrastructure and industrial projects. A project need capital, either to run operations or simply to start themselves up and begin turning a profit. Financial institutions are willing to give them the money in advance, so long as they pay it back on an agreed-upon schedule, with interest. Repayment terms can vary from 1 year to 5 years, depending on the type of loan and the lender.

 

B.    Purpose:

Project Finance is a form of loan that can avail by the project owner to meet the following needs rather than personal needs:

-  Startup costs;

-  Project expansion;

-  Improve cash flow;

-  Debt consolidation;

-  Inventory purchase;

-  Project acquisitions;

-  Equipment purchases;

-  Increase working capital;

-  Cover construction costs;

-  Overcome unpaid invoices;

-  Debt consolidation & refinancing;

-  Purchase real estate and expand operations;

-  Other financial requirement related to the industrial projects;

 

C.    Benefits:

-  Tax benefits;

-  No sharing of profits;

-  Multiple loan options;

-  Convenient and easy;

-  Higher enjoyable limit;

-  Working capital support;

-  Competitive interest rate;

-  Flexible enjoyable tenure;

-  Improved business credit;

-  Flexible repayment schedule;

-  Low processing fees & charges;

 

D.    Some Basic & Common Features of Project Finance:

Now a days, various financial institutions are offering most attractive features for the consumers, who wants to avail the Project Finance. Followings are some basic and common features of Project Finance offered by most of the financial institutions that need to be kept in mind:

 

       (a)   Who Can Avail?

              -  New Entrepreneurs / Businessman;

              -  Existing Entrepreneur / Businessman;

 

       (b)   Eligible Entity Type

              -  Proprietorship;

              -  Partnership Firm;

              -  Private Limited Company;

              -  Public Limited Company;

 

       (c)   Eligible Project Type

              -  New Project Setup;

              -  Existing Project Expansion;

 

       (d)   Eligible Project Nature

              -  Manufacturing;

              -  Agriculture;

 

       (e)   Applicable Areas

Any business viable area in Bangladesh.

 

       (f)    Entrepreneur / Businessman Age Limit

              -  Minimum Age     :  18 Years;

              -  Maximum Age    :  65 Years;

 

       (g)   Professional Experience

Required professional experience are varies based on project credential. In average cases, most of the financial institutions are referring following professional experiences for the consumers.

              -  Businessman     :  Minimum 2 years of business experiences;

              -  Professional       :  Minimum 3 years of professional experiences;

 

       (h)   Interest Rates

All Banks are currently offering 9.00% or below interest rate for Project Finance product. NBFI’s also offering Project Finance product against little bit higher interest rates with additional key features.

 

       (i)    Fees and Charges Related to Project Finance

Apart from interest charges, some additional fees & charges may also applicable to a Project Finance. Followings are the some of the most common fees & charges that should be kept in mind:

              -  Stamp duty;

              -  Processing fee;

              -  Late payment fee;

              -  Early settlement fee;

              -  Partial payment charges;

              -  Property valuation charges;

              -  Document verification charges;

              -  Other fees & charges;

 

       (j)    Loan Type

              -  Term Loan;

              -  L/C Facilities;

              -  Working Capital Finance;

 

       (k)   Loan Tenure

              -  Minimum       :  1 Year;

              -  Maximum      :  5 Years;

 

       (l)    Loan Limit

Depends on project credential. Most of the financial institutions are offering minimum 50 lac or maximum 70:30 Debt-Equity Ratio.

 

       (m)  Disbursal Time

Depends on project credential. In average cases, most of the financial institutions are completing the total procedure within 45 working days.

 

       (n)   Securities / Collateral

               As Project Finance is a secured loan product, followings are the properties is considered as security / collateral.

              -  Flat;

              -  Land;

              -  Building;

              -  Civil Construction;

              -  Capital Machineries;

              -  Personal Guarantee;

              -  Other Mortgageble Securities;

 

       (o)   Repayment Mode

Flexible repayment polity through Equal Quarterly Installments over a period of 1 year to 5 years.

 

E.    Project Finance Interest Rate and Calculating Method:

Interest rate refers to the rate at which interest is applicable on any amount borrowed from a financial institution. Interest rate is one of the most important factors that determine selection of a loan offer. Thus, one should always compare interest rates from multiple lenders before settling on a loan offer.

 

(a)   Interest Rates

In most of the cases, Project Finance interest rate set on fixed rate basis. In this case, the rate of interest remains constant throughout the loan tenure. Consequently, quarterly EMI amount also remains fixed throughout the loan repayment period.

 

(b)  Calculating Method (Quarterly EMI)

In our country, Project Finance interest calculation follows reducing balance method. In this method, as you pay off your quarterly EMIs, parts of the loan amount and the interest component are paid off. Thus, the principal loan amount keeps on decreasing with time and interest is calculated on this decreasing loan amount and not the total amount initially borrowed.

 

F.     Factors Affecting on Project Finance Eligibility:

Project Finance eligibility depends on many more factors. Most of the financial institutions are considering following eligibility factors before approving any Project Finance application.

-  Project age;

-  Project plan,

-  Project nature;

-  Project location;

-  Yearly turnover;

-  Feasibility analysis;

-  Entrepreneur’s age;

-  Repayment History,

-  Cash Flow analysis;

-  Banking relationship;

-  Business experience;

-  Collateral type & value;

-  Other loan burden (if any);

 

G.    Things to Consider before Applying for a Project Finance:

Before applying for a Project Finance, consumers should consider following factors.

-  Loan limit;

-  Interest rate;

-  Loan tenure;

-  Processing time;

-  Fees & charges;

-  Required documents;

-  Compare all financer’s rates & features;

 

H.    How to Improve the Chances of Availing a Project Finance:

As Project Finance is a secured loan product, lenders have a pre-decided set of rules (credit policies). Many loan applications get rejected as the borrower do not fulfil the basic set of rules of lenders for approval of the Project Finance. Hence, the borrower works on improving his or her chances of availing a Project Finance using some simple tips.

-  Proper project plan;

-  Identify the right lender;

-  Avoid negative balance;

-  Ensure healthy cash flow;

-  Include all sources of income;

-  Keep proper financial records;

-  Maintain clean past loan records;

-  Identify options for bad credit loans;

-  State the amount of loan exactly required;

-  Be honest and provide accurate information;

-  Maintain entrepreneur’s professional stability;

-  Avoid multiple loan applications simultaneously;

-  Apply for a loan amount based on repayment capacity;

-  Provide all required documents as of lenders requirement;

-  Build & maintain smooth & functional relationships with the lenders;

-  Try to keep a gap of minimum 6 months between two loan applications;

-  Provide totally clean / genuine and mortgage-free / problem-free collateral as of lenders requirement;

-  Prepare complete project finance proposal supported by all relevant documents as of lenders requirement;

-  Prepare project profile including market analysis data & feasibility study report along with technical & financial explanation;

 

I.      Required Documents:

To apply for Project Finance there are various types of information / documents are required. Proper documentation is the only possible way to avail the loan facilities. Most of the financial institutions are considering similar guidelines in respect to the documents required for Project Finance. A generic list of such documents has been provided below:

-  Complete loan application;

-  Complete project profile along with technical & financial explanation;

-  Proof of projects feasibility (technical, financial, business, banking);

-  Identity of project (all related permission. license, NOC, registration etc);

-  Proof of entrepreneur’s age, identity, experience, address, nationality, net-worth etc;

-  Securities (clean & genuine) related all documents as a collateral according to the lenders requirements;

-  Other information / documents related to the project according to the lenders requirements;