What Is Equity Investment?

Small Business loan

How the Debt-to-Worth Ratio Affects Your Loan Application

Strong equity with a manageable debt level provides financial resiliency to help your business maintain viability during tough times. In contrast, if your business has minimal or non-existent equity, the risk of default (failure to pay) your debts is increased.

  1. Strong equity investment shows a lender that you are fully committed to the business.

  2. Sufficient equity is particularly important for new businesses, to convince the lender that you are serious.

  3. Weak equity will make a lender more hesitant to provide any financial assistance. However, low equity in relation to existing and projected debt (your current obligations plus the new loan) can be overcome with a strong showing in all the other credit factors.

  4. Non-existent equity can make obtaining a loan almost impossible, as you have not shown commitment to your business by investing your own money or assets in it.

Assessing Your Company’s Suitability for a Loan

Determining whether your company’s level of debt is appropriate in relation to its equity requires analysis of the company’s expected earnings and the viability and variability of these earnings. The stronger the support for projected profits, the greater the likelihood that your loan will be approved. Applications with high debt, low equity, and unsupported projections are prime candidates for loan denial.

Our Small Business Development Counselors can help you get ready to apply for your small business loan.

Where to Find Us

Iowa Western Community College

2700 College Road

121 Ashley Hall (Park in Ashley Hall Visitor Parking)

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

712-325-3350

Sue Pitts - spitts@iwcc.edu

Michael Mitilier - mmitilier@iwcc.edu

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA