What kinds of questions and/or comments can I expect from bankers when they review my company’s financial ratios and percentages as part of the borrowing process?

  • Trading history: Need to have been operating for a certain period (generally 3-6 months)
  • Certain amount of turnover (revenue); You will need to present your turnover (either monthly or yearly)
  • Business profits and personal income (business’s financial position)
  • Financial history: Bank statements, sales records, etc
  • Collateral: This is in case you are unable to repay the loan (security). This may lead up to your personal assets.

Other questions that may be asked:

  • Purpose of the loan
  • Amount that will be borrowed and when by
  • Preferred repayment plan
  • If running a new business (less than 1 year), the business may need to provide cash flow projections, a business plan, lease agreement etc.