FAQ: business lending & business loans for business owners
Business Loans Frequently Ask Questions
About The Totara Vale Small Business Loans
Let me know about the Totara Vale Small Business Loans
Totara Vale unsecured loans offers the range of $5,000 to $100,000, with terms ranging from 3 and 24 month and cash flow-friendly repayments that are either daily or weekly.
How is what makes the Unsecured Loan different from an ordinary business loan?
You can apply for this Small Business Loan in under 10 minutes by phone. You will receive an answer within the same day and the money could be available in just 24 hours. Traditional business loans are based on an annual interest rate as well as other fees and charges. Our business loan is a pre-paid loan and you’ll know ahead of time the total amount to be paid, including any fees, interest or charges. This is then broken down into a daily or weekly payment amount.
What could the Small Business Loan be used for?
The Small Business Loan can be used for virtually any company reason, such as the management of cash flow, company remodels and marketing, to purchase inventory or new equipment, for general working capital, and much more. The loan cannot be used for personal reasons.
About larger Totara Vale Business Loans
What is the Larger Totara Vale Business Loan?
The Larger Business Loan is a larger loan size to support business growth opportunities. Loans range from $100,000 to $500,000 with a fixed-term that can last up to 36 months. Repayments are weekly or fortnightly depending on the flow of cash.
How is the Origination Fee determined?
A Larger Business Loan has an Origination Fee, calculated at 2.5% of the amount of the loan.
Am I eligible for the Larger Business Loan?
To be eligible for a credit that is this large, your business needs to have been operating for a minimum of 3 years, and have an annual income of $700,000. Your company must belong to a New Zealand Citizen (or Permanent Resident) with a minimum age of 18 years old, own a New Zealand company (with a valid NZBN/IRD) and be able of proving at least 12 months of trading.
What can I use the funding for?
A Larger Business Loan can be used for nearly all business need, including company renovations, purchase of equipment or inventory for general working capital, and much more. The loan cannot be used for personal reasons.
Is the Larger Business Loan a secured loan?
Asset security is required to access funding over $150,000. This is in the form of a charge on assets, and could be registered with the PPSR or the registration of as a caveat.
A personal or director’s guarantee is a guarantee to pay back a loan that is generally based rather than stating the security for a particular asset. The person signing the guarantee is personally accountable if the company the borrower fails to re-pay the debt.
The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a central, national online registry run by the New Zealand Government. It contains security interests which are registered with respect to personal property (including the assets or goods). The PPSR allows the priority of personal property assigned according to the date the registration of a security interest.
The caveat can be described as a formal document that is filed to offer notice of a legal claim against a property.
What is a pre-approval that does not require Credit Check?
If you’re seeking the Larger Business Loan of more than $250K, we may offer an initial pre-approval to simplify the process. We may be able to make this decision without a credit check and within 6 hours of your initial application. The pre-approval is based upon an initial evaluation that involves the answer to a series of financial well-being questions. It is neither an offer nor a guarantee of credit. A conditional approval is subject an extensive credit evaluation and any offer you are offered could be subject to different terms.
The application process
Do I have the right to receive funds?
You may apply for a company loan if you;
- are a New Zealand Citizen (or Permanent Resident)
- are at least 18 years old, have a New Zealand company (with a valid NZBN/IRD)
- must show at least six months of business (for you to qualify for unsecured loan $5K – $100K) or three years of trade (for the Larger Business Loan $100K - $500K)
How do I apply?
The application process is fast and easy. Just complete the online application within a couple minutes, and a dedicated business loan specialist will call you to assist you.
To be eligible for up to $100,000 you’ll require identification details (valid Driver’s License) along with a valid NZBN/IRD as well as at least 6 months of bank statements.
If you’re looking for loans with larger sizes, you’ll also need:
$100K to $250K: Information about the application including credit approval, 6-12 months of IRD statements, bank statements (if the loan is greater than $150K).
$250K to $500K: Application details including credit consent as well as 12 months of bank records, IRD statements as well as the two most recent years’ financial statements, plus interim current financial year financials, Aged Payables and Aged Receivables reports.
What speed will I be able to get an answer?
For an unsecured loan ($5K or more) we typically provide an answer in just one hour, provided you make your application during quality company times and you allow us to utilise the advanced bank verification system to instantly verify your bank details online. If you choose to upload copies of your banking statement, we’ll offer a decision in as little as an business day.
If you are applying for a Larger Business Loan ($100K or more) we may be capable of provide you with conditional pre-approval in around six hours. After you’ve signed the pre-approval, turnaround times are around 2-3 days for final approval. However, this may be quicker depending upon the circumstances for each application. Certain offers have been approved within 24 hours.
The fastest way would be to ensure you apply during standard business hours. You can also permit us to use the modern bank verification link to instantly check your bank’s information online. If you opt to send us documents from your account statement, it takes a bit longer.
What is the time frame to receive the funds?
For the Small Business Loan ($5K and up) we can often offer an answer in just one hour, provided you apply in normal business hours and allow us to utilise the advanced bank verification system link to instantly verify your bank’s information online. If you want to submit copies of your bank statements, we will be able to offer an answer in as little as 1 business day.
For Larger Business Loans ($100K and up) We may be likely to offer the conditional pre-approval within about six hours. Once you’ve signed your pre-approval document, you will require to wait around 2-3 days for final approval, however this may be quicker depending on the specifics of each application. Certain offers have been approved within less than 24 hours.
The fastest way can be ensure you apply during standard business hours. Also, allow us to use the modern bank verification link to verify your bank information online. If you send us the copies of bank statements, it will take a little longer.
What is the maximum amount I can borrow?
We offer the loan amount between $5,000 and $500,000. When you submit an application for a certain amount, we will consider a number of factors that determine your well-being of the company and the extent of repayments that your business is able to afford. The amount you receive from your loan will depend on the specific circumstances of your company.
When you submit an application for a set amount, we take into consideration a variety of elements to determine your health of your business and the extent of the repayments your company can afford. The amount you receive from your loan will depend on the specifics of your business.
Fees & repayments
What is the cost for an business loan?
If you decide to make an application for business loans with us company credit, we will assess the risk assessment of your company and offer you with a tailored offer that includes the loan amount, the terms and interest rates. This company loan is an upfront priced loan and you’ll know in advance the total amount to be paid, including any interest rates, fees or charges.
What is the factor that determines the price I am charged?
The interest rates on business loans rates vary due to factors including the amount of money borrowed, the company assets the money are used to purchase, the industry the company operates in, the long the business has been operating and what percentage of the company has sufficient cash flow to cover the loan, and also the general health as well as creditworthiness business.
What are the costs?
There are no hidden fees with our company loans, and you’ll know exactly how much you need to pay and when, from the first day. There’s no compounding and no extra fees (as long as you make your payments on time).
We don’t charge an Application Fee. You are able to apply for a loan with no upfront cost or any obligation to sign up.
The Origination Fee covers the costs associated in establishing and managing the loan. You are only charged this fee if you decide to take the loan. The Origination Fee for us is 2.5% of the amount of the loan.
Can I pay out the loan early?
You can repay the total amount of your loan early at any time.
If you choose to pursue this option, please contact our helpful business credit specialists. We will provide you with details on repayment and an early payment figure. It will be calculated using the sum of the principal remaining and accrued interest to the time of early payout and 1.5 percent of the principal remaining and any fees that remain unpaid.
How do you make repayments work?
To make sure that you don’t miss repayments and to fit in with your cash flow cycle we offer repayments that are either weekly or daily. These are automatically withdrawn from your business account.
Security & privacy
Will my data be secure?
Making sure that your information is secure, and making it clear the ways we gather the information we collect, use, share and secure your information, is of huge importance and is a crucial element of our relationship with you.
Is it safe to link my bank account to the platform?
Yes. We employ industry-recognised encryption protocols to safeguard your personal, sensitive financial information and our funders are ISO 27001 qualified for our dedication to customer security and security. We employ a highly sophisticated bank verification system that allows you to immediately confirm your bank account information online to offer quick responses.
About business loans
What is asset-based borrowing (a secured loan)?
Asset-based borrowing occurs when the company owner borrows from an asset they own to get a loan. The asset may be an individual property, such as the family home, or it could be a business property like a truck or piece or equipment.
The majority of lending institutions, even the major banks, prefer to secure loans against assets. If you’re struggling to pay back the loan, the asset could be transferred to the lender. In essence it is the process of securing new financing by taking advantage of the value of what you already own.
Should I need security for an business loan?
For loans up to $150K there is no requirement for asset security before you are able to access the money but we do need an individual guarantee. If you adhere to the terms of your loan (as detailed in the loan contract) Asset security will never be needed. For loans that exceed $150,000, generally, you can get personal guarantee and security that is in the form charges on assets.