The Sad & Expensive Truth about Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) Loan Rates


1.3 rate factor? Notarized COJ? What do these terms even mean? And more importantly, what is the real cost to you of a Merchant Cash Advance or MCA Business Loan? MCA loans are seen as bad credit business loans and are typically 4 to 10 times more expensive than Invoice Factoring with none of the protection. The MCA ACH Loan Rule of Thumb says, whatever the MCA Rate Factor dollar amount is over the payback period, your net profit should be more. If not, at the end of that period you will be that much closer to bankruptcy. For example, if the ACH loan cost is $30k and you are paying it back in 3 months and your net profits are less than $30k in those 3 months – DON’T DO IT!

Also, a merchant cash advance loan is a one-time event. You get $100,000 once, and then you hemorrhage cash via daily ACH payments from your bank account until it is paid off. With Paragon, you are rewarded for growth. The more sales you generate, the more working capital you receive based on your increased client billings. We have clients who grew from $50,000 to $1,000,0000 in sales per month and Paragon was with them for their entire successful journey with unlimited working capital and credit protection.

The only plus of an expensive ACH loan is you get your money a few days faster than from a reliable invoice factoring company like Paragon. However, the hidden negatives are so onerous that they could kill your company.

Example Rates & Fees: MCA/ACH Loan vs Factoring

$100,000 from a Merchant Cash Advance lender

MCA Rate Factor 1.6 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
1.5 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000
1.4 $140,000 $140,000 $140,000
1.3 $130,000 $130,000 $130,000
Months 3 months 6 months 9 months
# of Daily Payments 63 126 189
Daily Payment
Amount
1.6 $2,539 $1,269 $846
1.5 $2,380 $1,190 $793
1.4 $2,222 $1,111 $740
1.3 $2,063 $1,031 $687
MCA Loan APR! 1.6 423% 212% 142%
1.5 359% 181% 121%
1.4 294% 148% 99%
1.3 226% 114% 76%

 

Hypothetical $100,000 from Paragon Financial

Factoring $125,000/month with a 80% advance @ 1.5%/30 days

Monthly Factored Invoices $125,000
80% Advance $100,000
3 Months of Factoring Cost ($5,625)
versus 3 Month MCA Fees  ($40,000)
 Paragon Factoring Savings  $34,375!

Invoice Factoring from Paragon typically includes the additional value-added services of Credit Protection & AR Management, which means you receive even additional superior value versus any ACH/MCA/marketplace loan. You get so much more than just working capital from a good factoring company like Paragon.

Our invoice factoring calculator estimates both factoring’s benefits and costs to you and allows you to compare the cost of lenders who offer fewer services and versus the killer high rates of a MCA loan.

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