The Fallacy of Non-Recourse Invoice Finance

In life it is important to distinguish between marketing and reality. When it comes to invoice finance, one marketing myth that has persisted is that non-recourse invoice finance shifts payment risk from seller to funder. Unfortunately, non-recourse factoring is one of the most misunderstood subjects in commercial lending. As a result, companies undertaking some form of invoice finance, receivable finance or factoring tend to have the wrong expectation about this product, potentially incurring unnecessary costs and not truly understanding the credit-risk relationship.

Should Procurement Organizations Prioritize Invoice Discounting Over Other Trade Financing Approaches?


Invoice discounting programs that rely on underlying e-invoicing capabilities make perfect sense on paper. But to date, the vast majority of organizations implement e-invoicing programs to meet regulatory requirements or drive operational efficiencies before scaling discounting components of a program. Even those organizations that engage with an e-invoicing provider or supplier network vendor offering discounting capabilities often consider these programs as part of a second phase roll-up rather than an initial priority. There are practical reasons for this, given the relative immaturity of many accounts payable organizations combined with questions that treasury may raise in the process of considering invoice discounting initiatives that are internally funded. But in reality, with the right strategy defined and set in motion, there is no reason not to prioritize invoice discounting as the centerpiece of a buyer-led trade financing program.