The Mezzanine As Financing Option

With a combination of debt and equity transfer, companies can diversify their sources of credit and improve the return on their investments.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

This type of financing gives the creditor the option of converting debt to equity, ie, they can become an equity partner in a company or access the dividends of shares in the event of default.

This is how Roberto Ponce explains it in his article in, adding that "mezzanine is subordinated debt structure, unsecured and with ample grace periods, allowing companies to conserve cash and use it for aggressive growth."

The article goes on to say: "Being a very flexible instrument it can be adapted to the needs of business, such as deferring interest payments, or achieve lower interest but adding a percentage of the profits (ie, if there are no profits then the payment is lower).

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

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