Asset based lending

Asset based lending

Asset based lending (ABL) enables larger businesses to raise higher levels of funding, ideal for facilitating strategic plans or simply releasing additional working capital.

About asset based lending


What is asset based lending?

Asset based lending (ABL) blends invoice finance with funds released against other business assets, such as stock, property, plant and machinery, providing additional capital than invoice finance alone.

Asset based lending is an excellent option for businesses looking to finance a management buy-out/buy-in, a merger or an acquisition. Alternatively the extra funds can be used as a contingency, providing additional working capital as and when required.


Funding structure

Our approach is fully bespoke and based on the specific requirements of the transaction and the structure of each business. We fund against both inventory and property on a flexible basis and up to 90% prepayment on accounts receivable.

We are also able to offer an additional funding stream for plant and machinery through our asset finance division, Close Brothers Asset Finance.

For businesses with proof of strong cash generation in the past and with positive cash forecast for the future, a cash flow loan may also be available to top-up funding where required. 

Part of Close Brothers: A modern merchant bank

Part of Close Brothers: A modern merchant bank

Close Brothers Invoice Finance is part of Close Brothers Group plc, a leading merchant banking group with traditional values and an ethical approach to lending.

Offering the flexibility of an independent provider, combined with our financial strength as a well-capitalised FTSE 250 company, we offer the best of both worlds. 

Is asset based lending suitable for my business?

Why choose asset based lending:



Higher levels of funding than invoice finance alone



Release working capital against both stock and property


Additional funding stream available for plant and machinery


Top-up cash flow finance





Financial stability of an independent and well-capitalised FTSE 250 company


A bespoke solution, designed around your specific requirements

How we are supporting UK businesses with ABL

We are recognised in the industry as a lender that can fund even the most complex of deals and as such, Close Brothers has helped many UK businesses achieve higher levels of capital to facilitate strategic events and support corporate objectives.

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