Equity First Holdings – A Respite for BorrowersPosted on March 3, 2017
The ongoing financial hardships are forcing banks and other financial institutions to tighten their lending rules. Borrowing non-purpose capital is consequently proving almost impossible. However, one lender is lending non-purpose loans on the best terms possible: Equity First Holdings.
About Equity First Holdings
Equity First Holdings is a UK based lender that sets itself apart by accepting stock as collateral. The company is valued at about $1.4 billion and has registered over 650 major transactions. It works mostly with businesses and high net-worth individuals looking for large loans. It was founded in 2002, and while it initially operated only in the UK it now operates overseas in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, and other countries around the world.
How it Works
Borrowers are qualified for a loan from Equity First Holdings as long as they have stock for collateral. The lender evaluates the value of the borrower’s stocks and determines how much money he/she qualifies for. As such, complications associated with factors such as credit score are largely avoided, making the process easy and fast.
The terms for borrowers are also unbelievably friendly. To start with, the interest rate on loans is fixed unlike the case with banks. The rate ranges at about 4 percent, and consistency is guaranteed throughout the recovery period. Additionally, borrowers enjoy a high loan-to-value ratio as high as 75 percent; in contrast, banks and other lenders have a ratio of 10percent-50 percent. What’s more, there is almost no limit to the amount of money you can borrow as long as your stocks can cover it.
A loan from Equity First Holdings is also non-recourse in addition to being non-purposeful. The lender’s business model of holding stocks as security allows the borrower to walk back on the contract at any time. A default will not result in harassment from agents and embarrassing legal actions, but as a result the borrower will lose his/her stocks.