Equipment Loan

Description:

  • A loan that is secured by specific equipment and repaid in regular payments over a set period of time.
  • Depending on the equipment, the loan period is usually 3 to 7 years. Loan repayment term usually matches the expected economic life of the asset.

Pros:

  • Low-cost financing for technology companies that require physical (tangible) assets.
  • Loan size is flexible — can be used to finance a single piece of equipment or hundreds of items.

Cons:

  • Although equipment loans are available for “asset-light” companies (e.g. a SaaS company with a few desktop computers), the proceeds are unlikely to comprise a significant portion of the company’s overall capital needs.

Typical borrower:

  • Company with datacenter, laboratory, research and development, manufacturing, or automation equipment.

Typical lender: