A mezzanine loan is a type of loan that is not well secured, and therefore, offers a better return to the lender. Many of our other types of loans may be classified as mezzanine loans. Sometimes mezzanine loans, in addition to an interest rate, offer options or warrants in a company to the lender. We’ve found that most of our borrowers don’t want to have the possibility of an outsider taking some ownership in their business. Our mezzanine loans do not take warrants or options. Our loans consist of a basic interest rate, plus the opportunity to earn a bit more interest (success interest) based on a formula, usually related to sales. Please see frequently asked questions for general terms.
Mezzanine Loans are Also Referred to as Mezzanine Funding or Mezzanine Financing
Mezzanine loans are made in a variety of situations. Banks tend not to be too keen on flexibility as non-traditional lenders like us. TABASFUNDING has the ability to read between the lines, to gauge market trends, measure up the business owners, their plan and their vision, and make lending decisions which sometimes transcend the tax returns and balance sheet.
We will consider most types of businesses for mezzanine loans. We have provided this type of loan for manufacturing, healthcare, restaurant, professional, business to business, service, child care, real estate, and other types of businesses. Mezzanine loans would be most appropriate for businesses that have a growth potential in excess of the general economy. From our point of view, if we are going to back business with strong growth potential, and if that business delivers, that can be a “triple bottom line”; the entrepreneurs do well, jobs are created in the community, and TABASFUNDING does well.
In order to consider mezzanine lending, principals will need to have “skin in the game”. Principals will be expected to guarantee. We try to work with entrepreneurs who have growth businesses. Often growth doesn’t come as quickly as planned, so we try to be patient. There are often additional cash needs. Sometimes we provide additional funding, or sometimes the borrowers go to other sources for cash. Sometimes we agree to subordinate, either to existing debt, or to future debt in order to help our borrowers to grow. Please contact us to discuss your situation.