Falling interest: Economic uncertainty is expected to cause growth to slow in 2017-18

Factoring is a short-term financing option to increase businesses' liquidity. Operators also purchase accounts receivable and unpaid invoices at a discount in return for immediate receipt of money. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 3.4% over the five years through 2017-18 to £2.7 billion. Over the past five years, demand for factoring services has been propelled by difficulties in securing conventional loans, rising business confidence, and growth in the number of UK businesses. An increasing level of industry assistance and rising demand for UK-made goods has also contributed to the industry's expansion.However, despite the overall positive outlook, operators are expected endure slightly more difficult conditions through 2017-18...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£2.7bn
Annual Growth 13-18
3.4%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
5,708
Businesses
81

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growth is expected to slow in the current year as weak business confidence weighs on demand
  • Demand for export financing has also prompted innovative products and services
  • Rising business confidence is expected to support revenue growth in the latter half of the period
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The level of capital intensity is determined by comparing the human and capital equipment factors of production, using wages and depreciation costs as proxies. Comparatively high depreciation costs indicate substantial investment in depreciable assets, resulting in high capital intensity. Conversely, comparatively high wage costs indicate high labour intensity.The Factoring industry has a low level of capital intensity, with an estimated capital-to-labour ratio of 1:8.71 in 2017-18. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, £8.71 is spent on labour. Fac...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Factoring Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Factoring Industry are

  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Financial position of the company (as against financial structure)
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Number of businesses in the Factoring industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Factoring Industry?

    Firms in this industry specialise in short-term debt financing and invoice discounting. Factoring involves a company selling its accounts receivables or invoices to a third party as a means of accessing cash to finance further business activity without having to wait for their debtors to pay them. Operators generate revenue through factor fees, or the difference between the price paid for the invoice and money received from debtors.

    Industry Products
  • Domestic factoring
  • Invoice discounting
  • Asset-based loans
  • Other factoring and related services
  • Industry Activities
  • Factoring
  • Invoice discounting
  • Debt financing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Number of businesses
  • Official bank rate
  • Industrial production index
  • Business profit

  • Current Performance
  • Regulation and industry assistance
  • Increasing client base
  • Innovative solutions
  • Current troubles
  • Rising rates and impairment losses
  • Competition and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry growth
  • Downstream demand
  • Revenue restrictions
  • Improving profitability
  • Future challenges
  • Table: Factoring Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Factoring Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Pipeline Transport
  • Banks

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Financial and Insurance Activities
  • Tax Consultants

  • Products & Services
  • Invoice discounting
  • Asset-based loans
  • Domestic factoring
  • Other factoring and related services
  • Chart: Factoring Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Business activity and credit supply
  • Business confidence
  • Credit accessibility

  • Major Markets
  • Services sector
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Wholesale and distribution sector
  • Other
  • Transport sector
  • Construction sector
  • Retail sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Factoring Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitInterestPurchasesLoan losses, provisions and impairment chargesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Factoring

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Factoring Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd,
  • Table: The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Factoring Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Factoring Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Asset-Based Lending
  • Short-term lending where a company's assets such as invoices, stock, plant, machinery or property are used as collateral to access funds for a short period of time to improve cash flow.
  • Crowdfunding
  • The practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.
  • Invoice Discounting
  • A form of short-term funding where a business uses its invoices as collateral to gain funding from a finance company for liquidity and cash flow purposes.
  • Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate)
  • The rate or cost of borrowing between financial institutions.
  • Net Interest Margin
  • A measure of the difference between interest income generated and the amount of interest paid to lenders.
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