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Can My Business Afford an MCA Merchant Cash Advance?

Simple calculation to determine if your business can afford a cash advance.
See the 3 month average and 20% example below.

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How to figure out what your business can pay.

  1. Find the lowest deposit month of your last 3 checking account cycles.   Example, $50,000.
  2. Take that figure and multiply it times .20.  This is approximately the amount you should conservatively be taking for an mca merchant cash advance.
  3. Contact mca companies and apply.   If you are approved for more than your recommended safe amount,  do not take more unless you are sure you can make the payments.
  4. Close the cash advance and funds are deposited into your account.

How to calculate the amount

Below is an example of how to estimate a conservative funding amount.

  1. Look at your most recent (3) months business checking account statements.  Find and add the amount of your total deposits.  Most banks give you one amount and list it as “total deposits”.   Some banks will also have a separate entry for electronic deposits.  If your bank itemizes different deposit types, add them up.  Example figures are below.
    December total Deposits $25,000
    January total Deposits = $15,000
    February total deposits = $19,000
  2. The lowest one is January at $15,000 in total deposits.   Multiply $15,000 X .2 = $3,000.     $3,000 is a safe and conservative amount.   
  3. A more aggressive amount is $15,000 times .5 = $7,500.
  4. Figure out your daily payment.   On average, the term of an mca merchant cash advance is approximately 6 months.  For $3,000,  your daily payment will be approximately $3,000 X 1.35 % (6 x 21) = $155.77 per business day.    There are approximately 21 business days every 30 days.   The rate factor used here is 1.35.
  5. If you can handle this payment for 6 months, you can close the transaction.
  6. Look at the bank statement payback months from last year.  Can you afford the new payment if your sales are the same this year?
calculate how much of an mca merchant cash advance your business can afford. Get conservative and aggressive amounts.

Other factors that affect offer and approval amounts:

Depending upon other factors such as start date, average daily balances and amount of revenues, the funder may offer a much larger business loan or advance.    Larger funding amounts may be O.K..  The purpose here is to determine what is a conservative and safe amount.

More net income with higher deposits

Companies with higher gross deposits can often afford a much higher advance.

Case 1) Fixed total expenses of $7,500 out of $10,000 equal disposable income of $2,500.

Case 2) When gross deposits are $100,000 and fixed expenses are $75,000, then disposable income is $25,000.

Fixed expenses are 75% in both cases, but the company in cash 2 has a much higher net income.

Many businesses continue to take out merchant cash advances by renewing them once they are paid off, or before.    1st time taking out a merchant cash advance?   Try a lower amount first to make sure the cash flow is there to cover it.   If so, you can take out a larger amount in a second round.

FAQ, Frequently asked questions: Can my business afford an mca merchant cash advance?

How can I make sure I can handle the mca payment?

Use the formula above to figure out how much of a daily payment you can afford. Also consider if the amount per week and month fits into your company’s budget. Multiply the daily payment times 5 for the weekly total and times 21 for the monthly total. Daily mca cash advance payments should not be more than 20% of total deposits.

Can I lower the daily payment when my business has a slow month?

Take the average sales of your 3 lowest months per year. The cash advance approval you accept and close should be 20% maximum of the average and that will be affordable during the slow season.

How can we figure out if we can repay a merchant advance for our seasonal business?

Look at last years sales during the same months you would be repaying a new cash advance now. Take the average monthly sales during that time last year and multiply it times .20, which is 20%. That is the affordable approval amount a seasonal company can pay.