Alternatives to Bank Loans

Central American financial institutions are offering their customers new financing alternatives.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The firm Invermaster has indicated that some seventy banks have $500 million to invest in companies in the region.

"One alternative that has gained importance, according to Invermaster, is 'mezzanine financing', an intermediate instrument between traditional debt and equity investment.

"They are typically subordinated debt structures, without collateral, long-term and with extensive grace periods. Given the high flexibility of this vehicle usually a relatively low interest rate is paid, plus a percentage of company profit. It can be documented as debt or preferred stock," said Roberto Ponce, a partner at Invermaster, in a statement, according to an article in

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