38% Growth in businesses using invoice finance to export

The latest asset based finance industry data published by UK Finance in Q2 2017 reveals that:

  • Total sales by businesses funding their export activity using invoice finance (factoring and invoice discounting) stood at £7.7 billion at the end of the quarter. This was up 36% on the same period in 2016 (£5.6 billion during Q2 2016).  The total for the first half of the year was up 38% on 2016 (£14.9 billion for H1 2017 against £10.8 billion for H1 2016).
  • Underpinning those sales, the amount of funding advanced to UK clients grew by 13% year-on-year and stood at £21.8 billion at the end of Q2 (£19.3 billion at the end of Q2 2016).
  • 46% of the client businesses supported by asset based finance have an annual turnover under £1 million (19,136 businesses). The industry was providing £1.3 billion in finance to these businesses at the close of Q2, an average of £68,500 per client business.

Commenting on the data, Jeff Longhurst, Head of Commercial, Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending at UK Finance, said:

“The sector provides vital support to businesses of all sizes, particularly small firms and larger corporates, with a 38% rise in businesses using invoice finance to export. Unlocking the value tied up in unpaid invoices and other assets can be a particularly effective way to release working capital.  It’s clear that invoice finance and asset based lending are increasingly seen as mainstream finance options.

“Invoice financing has its roots in facilitating international trade, and as this issue becomes ever more important, it is particularly encouraging to see the turnover growth in businesses using asset based finance to export.”

The data is available from the UK Finance website and was previously published by the Asset Based Finance Association – historic data is available here.

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