Are Warrants Warranted in Venture Debt?

The primary motivation for growth stage companies to explore venture debt as a source of funding is to avoid the dilution that results from a round of equity financing. While venture debt will certainly be much less dilutive than an equity raise, prospective borrowers...

Demystifying the Covenant Setting Process

At SWK, we believe that financial covenants and the process of setting mutually agreeable covenant levels play an important role in the lender/borrower relationship. A lender’s willingness to engage in the discussions and accommodate the requests outlined herein...

Beyond the Four Corners

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Lender The four corners of the credit agreement will contain all of the important contractual terms and conditions to which a lender and borrower have agreed to be bound. The language will dictate what is required of each party in...

Venture Debt Without Institutional Investors

Capacity is one of the five C’s of credit which refers to a borrower’s ability to repay a loan’s principal and interest. For early-stage companies, the capacity to repay is markedly more uncertain than for larger, more established businesses. The presence of...

Covenants Need Not Be a Four-Letter Word

As underwriting standards loosen during periods when capital markets become increasingly favorable to borrowers, an easing, or outright elimination of financial covenants invariably follows. Regardless of the lending environment, credit agreements will contain...