How is the interest rate set?

The funds loaned come from investors keen to support the national economy and its SMEs. The interest paid, after deduction of management fees, is used to remunerate the investors.

Kredo Debt Fund I is in direct competition with a very large number of investment opportunities available to investors (equities, bonds, investment funds, etc.).

A balance must be found between all parties to make the investment opportunity appealing and attract the necessary capital to meet the strong demand for credit from SMEs.

Why lend only to SMEs with an established business model and at least two financial years' experience, and not to start-ups?

Simply because the risk of failure is much greater when launching a start-up. In fact, 9 out of 10 start-ups do not survive.

The financial contribution must therefore be structured differently (convertible loan, share issue, equity capital, etc.) and remunerated in a way other than the payment of interest (dividends, share price appreciation, influence on strategy and governance, etc.).

However, Kredo is investigating the possibility of offering new types of financing for start-ups.

Why request a personal guarantee from the main shareholder?

The declaration solidarity commitment by the main shareholder is the only guarantee required. Why ask for it, when the shareholder-entrepreneur is already devoting all his energy and resources into his SME?

We are convinced that credit is above all a relationship of trust between the parties. The lender has confidence in the SME’s ability to repay the loan and pay interest on time.

In return, the main shareholder is asked to demonstrate his confidence in the project and its management by backing the loan with his personal commitment. This is a strong signal.

Furthermore, the funds loaned come from investors who want guarantees in return.

The joint commitment is quick to set up and enables Kredo to be very reactive in making funds available.

Why charge a structuring fee?

Calculated on the basis of the loan amount, it is paid by the borrower only if the loan is granted. Kredo is committed to an entrepreneurial, human approach, with a focus on advice during discussions and company

Our aim is to provide maximum added value in structuring the credit and maximize the chances of success. These discussions will be conducted by experienced professionals.

At the same time, like all SMEs, Kredo has operating costs that need to be covered if it is to offer its services on a long-term basis (platform costs, IT costs, salaries of staff analyzing credit applications, etc.). The structuring fee is Kredo’s main source of revenue and helps cover its operating costs.

The interest paid by SMEs on their loans is used to remunerate the investors who provide the funds. This system enables us to be much more reactive in making funds available.

The SME will have access to financing very quickly, and Kredo will visit the company, saving it a great deal of time and inconvenience. The SME can focus on what it does best: its business!

Credit amount Structuring fee in CHF
50 000 3 250
100 000 4 000
150 000 4 750
200 000 5 500
250 000 6 250
300 000 7 000
350 000 7 750
400 000 8 500
450 000 9 250
500 000 10 000

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