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What types of companies is Revenue-based Finance best suited for?

Since most people are only now beginning to discover revenue-based financing they mistakenly assume that it’s an exotic new financing mechanism suitable for a only a small subset of companies. The fact is that it’s a form of financing better suited to the majority of businesses than traditional equity financing. Consider the fact that equity-based financing depends on a profitable liquidity event taking place, such as an IPO or acquisition by a deep-pocketed buyer, to make it worthwhile for the investors.  Then consider how unlikely either of those events really is for the vast majority of companies. The answer is highly unlikely. Continue reading

Revenue Royalty Certificate Financing

A fairly old, tried and true financing method for both startups and small businesses needing growth capital is generically referred to as revenue-based financing. It’s also sometimes referred to as revenue participation or revenue sharing funding.  The actual document used is typically called a Revenue Royalty Certificate (RRC) or Revenue Participation Agreement or some combination of the two.

I first learned about revenue based financing from one of the greats among angel investors, Arthur Lipper, who had a particular fondness for the instrument. This was back in 1985. Since then I have used it myself and seen others use it as well to both launch startups and provide growth capital to existing small businesses. Continue reading