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Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance Course Overview

This Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance course dives into lending solutions for borrowers that don’t fit the target profile of a more traditional senior lender, like a commercial bank. Despite falling short of these requirements, many companies are still attractive borrowing prospects for alternative finance firms. This course shows how lenders assess these unique opportunities and structure non-standard credit by leveraging balance sheet assets as collateral to support riskier borrowers. We will also examine the differences between these solutions and more traditional forms of commercial financing.

The lending solutions we will be looking at in this course are: purchase order financing (PO financing), accounts receivable factoring (A/R factoring), asset-based lending lines (ABL lines), and sale-and-leasebacks.  

Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance Course Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Compare alternative lending structures, including purchase order financing, accounts receivable factoring, Asset-based lending (ABL) lines, and sale-and-leaseback transactions.
  • Differentiate between asset-based lending solutions and more traditional forms of commercial financing—like operating lines of credit.
  • Analyze the underlying causes of weak or deteriorating risk ratings and identify when a good lending opportunity may still exist.
  • Calculate credit needs for various borrowing scenarios.
  • Recommend the most appropriate lending solution based on important client characteristics like business type, lifecycle, and capital structure.

Who Should Take This Course?

This Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance course is suited for current and aspiring commercial lending professionals and credit analysts. Commercial bankers and analysts can work for many different types of financial institutions. It is important to understand the tools available for any type of lender to provide value to their borrowers. This course will prepare you with the knowledge you need to identify and apply these alternative financing tools and strategies.  

Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance

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Level 4

Approx 5h to complete

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Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® Certification
Asset-Based Lending & Alternative Finance is part of the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® certification, which includes 59 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial Analysis, Credit Structuring, Risk Management
  • Career Prep Commercial Banking, Credit Analyst, Private Lending

What our students say

Strongly recommended
Dear learners, I strongly recommend you to take this course for expanding the skills required in credit facility operation. In addition, it gives you a clear understanding of how to make a long lasting relationship with your borrower while maintaining credit return.

Atinafu Asefa

Super interesting course about alternative lending structures
I think these loan structures provide a wider spectrum of possible solutions for clients who need a quite urgent cash injection. However, traditional financial institutions cannot serve them.

Gabor Andras Koltai

It was a WOW!
It was an interesting course.

Adedeji Olagunju

A great course
CFI is the to-go institute for upskilling in finance

Vincent Njoroge

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