American Express has announced a new addition to its suite of business financing products, which are designed to help businesses with access to working capital and short-term financing: Business Loans. Business Loans offer small businesses quick access to unsecured loans up to $50,000, to grow their business or to consolidate debt1. Businesses can apply for the loans through a simple online process and receive a decision in as little as 60 seconds.
“Our research shows that nearly three-quarters (74%) of small businesses have a positive view of the economy, and more than half (57%) have plans to make capital investments2,” said Gina Taylor Cotter, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Financing for American Express. “Small businesses need access to capital with an easy application process and at competitive rates. We designed Business Loans to help address this need for smaller, general purpose loans that can help businesses make critical equipment purchases or renovations to keep up with growing demand, or consolidate business debt to help with cash flow.”
Business Loans provide versatile funding that small businesses can use to pay for purchases, pursue growth opportunities, consolidate debt and even lower their monthly payments3. Select American Express OPEN® Card Members receive an invitation to apply that includes a loan amount and rate (which can be as low as 6.98% APR4), personalized for their business. They choose to pay back their loan over one, two, or three years. Funds are disbursed typically within 3 to 5 business days upon approval and come with the safety, security and customer service of American Express.
American Express OPEN Card Members can apply for a Business Loan in three easy steps:
- Log in to their American Express online account to see their pre-approved loan amount and APR, then apply for their loan at their pre-approved rate.
- To apply, customers indicate how much they want to borrow and choose one of three repayment periods that best meets their needs, then see what their monthly payment could be.
- If approved, the customer reviews the terms of their loan, and if they accept, their funds are distributed.
Additional Business Financing Solutions from American Express
Merchant Financing, launched in 2011, is available to qualified American Express Card-accepting merchants5. Loans are offered in six-month, one- and two-year terms and are designed to fund large projects such as expanding to new locations or major building renovations. Loans range from $5,000 to $2 million and offer flat, fixed fees6. Merchants can repay automatically from their credit and debit card receivables or business bank account, making it easy and hassle-free. Terms apply. More information can be found here.
Working Capital Terms offers short term financing to pay vendor invoices designed to help small businesses manage cash flow. First launched in 2016, this invitation-only product provides low cost, commercial financing to American Express OPEN Card Members with direct payment to vendors. Terms are offered at 30, 60, and 90 days with loan amounts ranging from $1,000 to $750,000 and flat fees7. Terms apply. More information can be found here.
Business Loans are the latest addition to this suite of products, and were made available to pre-approved American Express OPEN Card Members earlier this year.
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1 OPEN Card Members must be pre-approved for an American Express® Business Loan offer in order to apply. Their pre-approved loan amount is based on the creditworthiness of the OPEN Card Member and that of their business as well as other factors. Not all customers will be pre-approved for the highest loan amount. The OPEN Card Member, together with its business, are jointly and severally liable for their Business Loan.
3 Consolidating multiple business card balances into a single monthly payment may not reduce or pay off your debt sooner in all cases. If the monthly payment on your Business Loan is lower than the combined minimum due on the cards you are consolidating, it may be because of a lower interest rate on your Business Loan, a longer loan period, or a combination of both. Longer loan periods may result in more interest charged over the life of the loan. Business Loans can be used to consolidate business cards only at eligible U.S. banks (American Express Cards are excluded).
4 The pre-approved maximum APR is based on the creditworthiness of the OPEN Card Member and its business as well as other factors. Pre-approved APRs are between 6.98% APR and 19.97% APR, as of 8/1/2017. Not all customers will be pre-approved for the lowest APR.
5 To qualify for Merchant Financing, the minimum eligibility requirements for a business are as follows:
- Accepts American Express Cards.
- Have a minimum of $50,000 in annual business revenue.
- Have a minimum of $12,000 in annual credit and debit receivables.
- Have been in business for at least 24 months.
In addition, to qualify for Two-Year Financing, a business must have accepted American Express® for the past 24 months.
6 Loan fees are between 3%-7% of the loan amount for a 6-Month Term, 6%-14% for a One Year Term, and 12%-28% for a Two Year Term. Loan fee will vary by customer; eligibility for lowest available loan fee is based on a variety of factors, including processing arrangements, referral source, creditworthiness and history with American Express.
7 The amount you can borrow and your fee are based on the overall financial profile of the OPEN Card Member and its business. Working Capital Terms Program fees are between 0.5%-1.0% for 30 days, 1.0%-2.0% for 60 days, and 1.5%-3.0% for 90 days. Not all customers will be eligible for the lowest fee. Fees are subject to change.