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Credibly is Making Moves

June 14, 2022
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crediblyMichigan-headquartered Credibly has confirmed it acquired ProApprove, a specialty finance company offering home improvement financing solutions. The deal, which it said actually took place in 2021, is now front-and-center because of an agreement Credibly has secured with Castlelake, a global alternative investment firm, for the purchase of up to $350M in home installment contract receivables originated by ProApprove.

“Through conversations with contractors who obtain financing from Credibly, we identified a significant market opportunity in the home improvement space,” said Ryan Rosett, co-founder and co-CEO of Credibly.

“We are pleased to support the expansion of ProApprove’s home improvement financing program at a time when there is increased demand for financing solutions from homeowners across the U.S.,” said, Matt Little, Partner, Global Specialty Finance and Business Development & Capital Markets at Castlelake. “We believe that ProApprove’s parent Credibly has established itself as an experienced commercial lending platform with a keen focus on risk. We believe this transaction provides an opportunity to support a new product for Credibly in a historically underserved consumer market.”

The news follows the announcement that Credibly had secured a $50M credit facility for its core small business lending business. At the time, Credibly CFO Michael Seneski said of it, “The cost savings resulting from the refinance, coupled with the new financing facility, further solidifies our position as a leader in providing capital to SMBs and will be used to accelerate our aggressive growth trajectory.”

Credibly was founded in 2010.

What We Learned About Credibly From Credibly’s Securitization

November 29, 2018
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Today, Credibly CEO Ryan Rosett told deBanked that the company’s October securitization will be used, in part, to roll out its new Market Expansion Product (MXP), which will allow Credibly to service merchants with FICO scores as low as 500 and those that have been in business for less time.

“We believe the MXP will open up the funnel by allowing us to serve business owners that we previously couldn’t,” Rosett said.

Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigned preliminary ratings to three classes of notes as part of Credibly’s first securitization. Rosett said this securitization follows a large warehouse line of credit from SunTrust Bank which is also the primary underwriter, of the securitization.

In addition to the new MXP product, Rosett said that Credibly intends to launch a line of credit product in 2019. Currently, Credibly provides merchant cash advances up to $150,000, business expansion loans up to $250,000, with terms up to 24 months, and working capital loans up to $250,000 with terms up to 17 months. Rosett said that the company’s working capital loan is its most popular product.

In an interview yesterday with Benzinga, Rosett said that he has seen a strong increase in demand for Credibly’s products and that they are currently evaluating over 10,000 applications per month.   

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Source: Kroll Bond Rating Agency

2017 net revenue before provisions: $33 million

2017 earnings: $1.4 million

Total shareholder equity: $18.7 million

Lifetime funding volume: $700+ million

Raw # of fundings: 17,000+

Majority owned by: Flexpoint Ford

# of employees: 140

Notable deal: Acquired the rights to service BizFi’s $250 million MCA portfolio in August 2017

Provides: Small business loans (in 37 states and D.C.) and merchant cash advances

Founded: 2010 by co-CEOs Edan King and Ryan Rosett

Generates deals via: Brokers and inside sales

Credibly Selected to Service Bizfi’s $250M Portfolio

August 30, 2017
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Troy, MICH. (August 31, 2017) – Credibly, a leading findata small and medium-sized business (SMB) lending platform, announced today that the company is now servicing BizFi’s $250 million portfolio and 5,200 merchants.  Since 2005, BizFi had been a leading capital provider to SMBs and in 2016 was one of nation’s top three largest originators of merchant cash advances.  Numerous SMB direct lenders vied for the BizFi portfolio. Credibly was chosen due to their proprietary data science driven portfolio management strategy.

Credibly also announced that it has crossed the $500 million milestone in capital deployed to tens of thousands of SMBs across the U.S. This is separate from the $250M portfolio the company is now servicing from BizFi.

“Acquiring the servicing rights of BizFi’s portfolio is a testament to our data-driven approach and laser focus on the working capital needs of small businesses,” said Ryan Rosett, Credibly’s Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome our new customers and are committed to ensuring that their growth capital needs are met.”  

In addition to servicing the BizFi portfolio, Credibly is working with both sales partners and merchants to provide additional working capital to the businesses in BizFi’s portfolio. Credibly’s data science team has the ability to analyze BizFi’s twelve years of data and remittance history, which will allow Credibly to better service both the BizFi and Credibly portfolios. Further, BizFi’s data enhances Credibly’s risk management, scoring models, and portfolio management tools. 

The Small Business Association (SBA) estimates that traditional banks still reject approximately 90 percent of SMB loan applications. Since 2010, Credibly has emerged as a proven platform that leverages data science and analytics to provide SMBs with a simple and intuitive way to access critical working capital.  The company addresses the fundamental capital needs of SMB owners across a broad credit spectrum and through every stage of a business’s life cycle.
 
Main Street SMBs across a wide variety of industries that include restaurants, retail stores, salons, spas, dry cleaners, auto body shops, and doctors’ offices, all rely on Credibly to secure the necessary capital they need to grow.
 
Credibly has achieved widespread industry recognition for its risk management, data technology, and data driven approach. For more information on Credibly, please visit www.credibly.com.
 
About Credibly
Founded in 2010 and with offices in Michigan, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York, Credibly is a best-in-class Fintech platform that leverages data science and analytics to improve the speed, cost, and choice of capital available to small businesses in the United States. Credibly is dedicated to creating a superior customer experience that meets the needs of all small businesses, regardless of product need or credit profile.
 
Learn more at www.credibly.com. Follow Credibly @credibly360.

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Former CFO of Credibly Moves On to Western Funding

August 19, 2017
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Credibly’s former chief financial officer and product officer, Jim Murray, has moved on to become President of Western Funding, according to LinkedIn. Murray was with Credibly for 5 years, originally starting as the company’s chief operating officer.

Credibly Secures $70 Million Credit Facility Led by Suntrust Bank

February 2, 2016
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NEW YORK—February 2, 2016—Credibly, a tech and data-inspired lending platform that makes access to capital for small businesses simple and intuitive, announces the closing of a $70 million credit facility with SunTrust Bank, one of the nation’s largest financial services firms, and Alostar Bank of Commerce, a specialty provider of asset-based loans. SunTrust served as the structuring and administrative agent, committing $50 million, with Alostar coming in as the first participant with a $20 million commitment. The terms of the deal allow for flexibility to increase the committed amount by another $30 million, bringing the total facility potential to $100 million.

An online lending platform that delivers a broad range of short- and long-term capital to satisfy the entire SMB credit spectrum, Credibly has provided access to capital for more than 4,500 businesses in over 300 industries. In the past year, the company has increased revenue 100%, was recognized by Crain’s as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in New York, and made its second consecutive appearance on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America.

The new credit facility is consistent with Credibly’s three-prong financing strategy: on-balance sheet, whole loan sales, and securitization. The facility more than doubles Credibly’s onbalance sheet funding capacity, accelerating their ability to provide more small businesses with access to affordable capital, regardless of credit profile or life cycle stage.

“Being vetted and validated by a bank partner of SunTrust’s stature is one of our greatest milestones to date, and provides us with one of the lowest costs of capital in the industry,” said Glenn Goldman, CEO of Credibly. “The continued participation from Alostar – our first credit facility lender going back to 2014 – gives us increased flexibility in our product suite, which in turn provides better terms for borrowers and helps us execute on our core philosophy that all small businesses deserve access to right-sized capital.”

“SunTrust is pleased to work with Credibly to assist them in achieving their mission to fuel American entrepreneurship through access to capital,” said Tarun Mehta, Group Head, Financial Institutions Investment Banking at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

“The new SunTrust facility is a validation of the strength of the platform and team that Credibly has built. We remain extremely excited about our partnership with Glenn and his team” said Steve Begleiter, Managing Director at Flexpoint Ford, LLC, a private equity firm that added Credibly to its portfolio in 2014.

About Credibly

Founded in 2010 and with offices in Michigan, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York, Credibly is a best-in-class Fintech platform that leverages data science and analytics to improve the speed, cost, and choice of capital available to small businesses in the United States. Credibly is dedicated to creating a superior borrowing experience that meets the needs of all small businesses, regardless of product need or credit profile. All loans obtained through Credibly are made by WebBank, a Utah-chartered industrial bank and member of the FDIC. Learn more at www.credibly.com.

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial services organizations, is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for its clients and communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company serves a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $187 billion and total deposits of $146 billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. Learn more at www.suntrust.com.

About AloStar Bank of Commerce

AloStar Bank of Commerce, with $900 million in assets, is a specialty lender with extensive experience in providing Asset Based Loans to middle market companies. In addition, the bank provides value for depositors, small-to-medium-sized companies and community banks across the country through on-line customer service, and unique lending products and services. Learn more at www.alostarbank.com.

Credibly and BodeTree Announce Strategic Partnership

October 27, 2015
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Today, Credibly, an emerging Fintech platform that provides a broad range of tailored capital solutions to satisfy the entire SMB credit spectrum, announced a partnership with BodeTree, a leading cloud platform that provides small businesses with real-time access to all of their financial accounts and cash flow trends in one place.

The partnership provides BodeTree’s customers with streamlined access to Credibly’s full suite of business capital solutions. The collaboration will also allow Credibly to further optimize their service offerings, which provide customized funding and financial management options that best fit a small business’s unique needs.

“At Credibly, we believe all businesses deserve the right to access capital, and our partnership with BodeTree makes good on the mission of providing that access to as many entrepreneurs as possible,” said Glenn Goldman, CEO of Credibly. “The insights garnered from the BodeTree platform, coupled with access to funding through Credibly, will help BodeTree’s customers achieve their growth goals.”

To date, Credibly has provided over $200 million of funding to more than 4,500 businesses in over 300 industries. In Q3 2015 alone, Credibly provided small businesses with access to over $26 million, and in the last year, the company has grown revenue 100%, opened new offices in three states, and doubled the number of its employees to 120.

“The integration of BodeTree’s financial tools and Credibly’s efficient and equitable lending process equips even more small businesses with the resources and capital they need to thrive,” said BodeTree CEO Chris Myers. “The spirit of our partnership, and the shared vision of both companies, is truly about helping small businesses.”

BodeTree was developed to fill the gap in business intelligence and financial resources available to small businesses and startups. The company’s intuitive financial management system aggregates and organizes financial information, giving businesses a clear and actionable picture of business health, cash flow, valuation and options for capital.

For information on BodeTree, visit www.bodetree.com, and learn more about the Credibly Partner Program at partners.credibly.com.

About Credibly

Credibly is a best-in-class Fintech platform that leverages data science and analytics to improve the speed, cost, and choice of capital available to all small businesses. Founded in 2010, with offices in New York, Michigan, Arizona, and Massachusetts, Credibly is dedicated to creating a superior lending experience that meets the needs of all small businesses, regardless of product need or credit profile. To learn more, visit www.credibly.com.

About BodeTree

Founded in 2010, BodeTree is an online financial management platform for small businesses, and an alternative to costly accounting services and complex bookkeeping applications. The BodeTree app securely imports data from bank records to automatically generate financial reports, forecasts, and benchmark analyses so owners can confidently take steps to bring their businesses to the next level. For more information, visit www.bodetree.com.

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The Next Frontier: Financing the ERC

January 11, 2023
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Finance ERC“I have never sold a product that has no daily, no weekly, or no monthly payments,” said David Goldin. That is until now, he explained, because of the Employee Retention Credit from the IRS that’s sweeping the country. Goldin’s new company, Finance ERC, that he co-founded with Newtek co-founder Jeffrey Rubin, is buying the future ERC receivables of small businesses that have filed for it. A key feature? No payments.

“You basically drop off the money, they don’t pay you out of cash flow, we get paid when the checks arrive,” Goldin said. “It’s an amazing offering.”

Goldin is no stranger to the SMB finance game. He is one of the reasons that the MCA product exists today in the United States. A documentary about it was the second most watched in all of 2022, for example. And he’s still a busy guy. One of his other businesses, Capify, finances small businesses on two continents every day.

“I’m busy in the morning with the UK and I’m busy at night with Australia, but I had a lot of free time during the day,” he said about how he was able to pursue yet another venture. “I approached Jeff and we were seeing that there was a gap in the market that the checks don’t arrive.”

The ERC, a potentially generous tax credit available to eligible businesses, has recently enjoyed greater awareness since it was included in the March 2020 CARES Act. Businesses that qualify can amend previous returns to receive a refund. Folks in the small business finance industry, already in direct communication with businesses about their financial needs, have taken notice.

Finance ERC won’t do the filing itself for a business. They have to had filed already to seek out the funding, which can go up to $1 million at present. It’s the waiting game between filing and actually receiving the refund that leaves merchants in a crunch. Goldin said the wait time is “best case scenario three months, worst case scenario a year plus.” And there’s no guarantee that the claims will be paid. That’s a risk they bear.

The deals come in from a variety of sources, business loan brokers, MCA platforms, ERC filing companies and more. The funding amounts can be significantly larger than an MCA and with no payments to be made, is incredibly competitive. A number of other financial service providers are charging a fee just for helping the businesses file for the credit in the first place, which in itself can be lucrative, but Finance ERC sticks just to the funding.

“We work with the funding companies, we work with the brokers, the various ISOs, it’s a great product,” Goldin said.

But the life span of the ERC is purportedly capped. Some experts say that businesses can only amend their 2020 tax return through April 2024 and their 2021 return through April 2025 [dyor]. But then that’s supposed to be it, allegedly.

“That presumes the government is not going to offer any future tax incentives,” Goldin said. “What we’re building at Finance ERC is a platform to finance tax credits. [The ERC] is the first credit.”

The opportunity, he explained, is preparing now for what may repeat often in the future.

“We put together the right players and vendors,” Goldin said. “We’ve hired a super senior management team.” It’s a system that includes sales, marketing, operations, finance, underwriting and more, to be prepared to scale.

But even in the present, opportunity abounds.

“The best estimates I’ve read are 5-6 million ERC are still eligible,” Goldin said. “People in this industry call it America’s best kept secret.”

And thus as marketing of the ERC continues to grow all around, Finance ERC is ready to work with businesses, brokers, and filers going through the process. Businesses can even use the funding from Finance ERC to pay the fee to file in the first place.

“So now all of a sudden they put the risk to me which I’m happy to do for a file that we like, and I pay the filing company / the broker gets paid right away,” Goldin said.

Why Participating in Industry Events Matters

September 29, 2022
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Guest Post by David Roitblat, Better Accounting Solutions

Broker Fair 2021In just under a month, on October 24th, hundreds of members of the merchant cash advance community will descend on Times Square in New York City, at the New York Marriott Marquis, for deBanked’s Broker Fair event. Every aspect of the industry will be represented, from brokers and ISO shop reps to specialized lawyers and accountants.

I will be there representing my business, Better Accounting Solutions, and it will be the upteenth time I’ve attended this tremendous event. But attending industry pow-wows was not how I envisaged spending my working hours at the start of my career.

When I worked at entry-level jobs in accounting firms, I didn’t think attending these events was worth the time and financial investment, instead choosing to believe that if I put my head down and worked for the 24 hours that the events were being held, I’d be positioning myself better for my professional future. And when I opened Better Accounting Solutions in 2011, that attitude didn’t change, especially now that it was my own time and money on the line.

“I ATTENDED THAT FIRST CONFERENCE AND HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE”

This whole approach changed on the advice of a mentor a few years in. Hearing me explain how I thought the business could be scaling quicker than it was, he suggested attending, and participating, in an accounting conference that was coming up. When I pushed back with my familiar list of grievances, he didn’t attempt to refute them, instead repeating his advice, adding that how could it possibly hurt.

I attended that first conference, and haven’t looked back since.

All the elements of industry events that I had previously dismissed proved to be incredibly valuable and are an integral part of Better Accounting Solutions’ story, and how we got where we are today.

It’s why I encourage everyone that’s involved in the MCA business to shake off the headsets and get their heads out of the screens, and to take this opportunity to connect with real people.

Here are some of the key takeaways that I got out of that first experience that remain true to this day:

1. You never know who you’ll meet. Industry events bring together people from all different backgrounds and experiences, and you never know who you might meet and what kinds of connections you might make. Many of the people I met at these conferences, especially at Broker Fair once we had established ourselves in the MCA space, have gone on to be my mentors, advisors, supporters, clients, and friends.

broker fair 20212. It’s a great way to build your network. I came into the industry very green, feeling my way around by letting my work do the talking. But when I opened my own business, I needed to let my actual talking do the talking, and learn the art of networking. Networking is all about building relationships, and industry events provide an excellent opportunity to meet new people and start making connections that can help you in your career.

3. You can learn from others. When you’re working in your own space, it’s possible to inadvertently build a bubble around yourself, insulating yourself from current trends and happenings in the business. Industry events are a great way to learn from the experiences of others in your field and hear about the latest developments and advances.

4. It can help you find a job and advance your career. Sometimes, all you need is an opportunity to get your foot in the door, and events like Broker Fair are great places to find that chance. At industry events like these, it doesn’t take a lot to bump into industry figures and leaders, and if you connect with them and hit the right notes, these people just might be your next employer, mentor, partner or client.

As a token of gratitude for all that I’ve gotten from it over the years, Better Accounting Solutions is a sponsor of Broker Fair, a testament to our belief in this event. I’ve gotten tremendous value from Broker Fair, and it’s why I’m such an advocate for events like it.

“NETWORKING IS REAL WORK…”

We can’t let ourselves be held up by the reasons we think of to avoid attending, for a supposed lack of finances or time. Avoid naively thinking like I did, that you can grow in this business if you keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing until now, minimizing yourself in the very same circle. This is the best investment you can make in yourself right at this moment.

And once you take the plunge and make a firm decision to come, stop feeling guilty and that you should be contained in your office instead. Networking is real work, and can only come when you let go of that guilt and allow yourself to think bigger.

It’s at places like these where I met people that lent me their ears and gave me a chance, a major factor in Better Accounting Solutions earning our reputation as leaders in specialized accounting for the merchant cash advance industry.

It happened for me, and it can happen for you too.



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