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- November 19, 2015 at 6:41 am #283811
Dear sir,

I’m having trouble understanding factoring arrangement as a loan. I have a question on this, can you look at this? thanks.

“On 31 March 20×6 Highwood factored trade receivables with a book value of $10 million to Easyfinance. Highwood received an immediate payment of $8.7 million and will pay Easyfinance 2% per month on any uncollected balances. Any of the factorered receivable outstanding after six months will be refunded to Easyfinance. Highwood has derecognised the receivables and charged $1.3milllion to administrative expenses. If Highwood had not factored these receivables it would have made an allowance of $600,000 against them.”

The provided answer is: ” The factoring arrangement is in substance a loan of $8.7m. To refelect this, the 10m receivables are reinstated less the allowance of 600.

Debit receivables 9400

Debit Admin expenses 600

Credit Loan payable 8700

Credit Admin expenses 1300

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And my questions are :

1) I understand why the selling with recourse should mean recognizing liability. But why should the entire factored amount of 8700 be recognized as liability? the seller is unlikely to be obligated to pay the factor the entire amount unless the entire amount is not collectible?

2) how to understand the admin expenses of 1300? Can I consider it as interest expenses on the factoring? But on a second thought, I think that shouldn’t because it would make it like Repurchase agreement, where loans are recognized when repurchase price exceeds original selling price? Then what role does this 1300 effectively play in such a financing transaction?

3) if the above scenario is a factoring without recourse, how much loss should the seller recognize in its P/L? Is it 10 – 8.7 = 1.3 or should the allowance for receivables be accounted for : 10 – (8.7 – 0.6) = 1.9 ?thank you very much!

LmNovember 19, 2015 at 7:14 am #283841After a bit research, I found out that the 1300 in point 2) could be a factoring cost. If this is correct, I don’t understand why factoring cost is reversed above. can you help thanks!

Lm

November 19, 2015 at 7:43 am #283849” But why should the entire factored amount of 8700 be recognized as liability? the seller is unlikely to be obligated to pay the factor the entire amount unless the entire amount is not collectible?” – Lm, this is not a true factoring arrangement – risks and rewards have not been passed to the factor. So, if it’s not factoring, what is it? It’s a loan.

Therefore, undo all the entries so far made and then Dr Cash Cr Loan

“if the above scenario is a factoring without recourse, how much loss should the seller recognize in its P/L? Is it 10 – 8.7 = 1.3” – this is correct!

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