Connected Debt Management

By on Apr 26, 2022 in Technology

Wondering how to simplify and increase accuracy for debt management? You’ve probably been hearing about the benefits of a single connected platform. Whether you’re a borrower or lender, there are multiple aspects of debt to manage. Key processes include calculating amortization schedules for simple and complex loans, tracking collateral and managing critical dates and covenants. Borrowers need to track debt against real estate collateral and account for loans by paying lenders through invoices or journalizing transactions. When done manually, these processes are time-consuming and prone to error. It’s also inefficient and risky to access information from multiple systems and databases.

Read on for best practices to streamline debt management using a single connected solution.

Eliminate spreadsheets and disparate systems

Whether your interests are in managing loan information or debt investments, it’s critical to gain transparency from the investor to the borrower. You need to closely track debt from the borrower along with key deliverables and covenants with lenders.

Going paperless and using a system that centralizes all loan data and provides accurate information is the first step for creating greater efficiency. By moving away from manual processes, you gain transparency, mitigate risk and increase efficiency through automation. By centralizing tracking of all loan terms in a single connected system, you can reduce manual errors and ensure data accuracy.

Gain visibility into critical dates

A key component for clients with debt investments is visibility into critical dates regarding when things are due to be received by the borrower and meeting compliance for key financial covenants. This capability mitigates risk by ensuring deliverables are sent to lenders on time, and tracks collateral and critical dates with notifications.

With a single platform that centralizes all debt information, you can provide access to internal stakeholders for the entire loan investment portfolio. You also get deep insight into key metrics and can monitor the status of compliance with all covenants.

Automate accounting and reporting

For debt investments, you need complete insight and the ability to automate transactions from the borrower through the investment structures to investors. A connected software platform can deliver that for you, as well as enable you to track, account for and accurately calculate all types of investment loans and structures: interest-only, principal and interest, draw loans, revolvers, letters of credit, inter-company, syndicated loans and more. You can also streamline financial consolidations, partner transfers, fund rebalancing, allocations and other processes.

For lenders with debt funds, syndications or other debt investments, whether servicing themselves or using a third party servicer, an integrated solution will provide full insight into the performance of this asset class and can automate accounting through the investments to investors. For those lender clients servicing their own loans, you can facilitate collections and secure automation of receipts.

A single connected platform enables you to deliver timely and accurate reporting for all ownership structures. You can easily manage the complexities associated with numerous entities and levels between investors, investments and assets.

Automate payments

With a connected debt management platform, borrowers can automate payments to lenders and gain full visibility and audit trails into payment history. You can easily review historical and outstanding charges and the principal balance of every loan with drilldown into transaction details.

Integration with accounting at every level of the ownership hierarchy provides utmost efficiency. Debt investors can automate transactions from the borrower through the investment structures to the investors.

In addition to calculating principal and interested, a connected platform will also track funded and unfunded reserves and amortization of fees as well as payment of necessary taxes and insurance at the collateral level in certain regions.

Automate billing

For client lenders servicing their own loans, a connected platform can automate borrower billing and increase visibility for internal stakeholders by tracking collateral and critical dates. If you have debt as an investment, you can more easily manage and service your debt including billing borrowers and managing capital through the ownership structure.

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