What is the SBLC Funding Process?

What is meant by the Standby Letter of Credit (SBLC) funding process? It means SBLC financing or monetisation. In other words, obtaining loans and lines of credit using a Standby Letter of Credit as collateral.

It must be remembered that a Standby Letter of Credit is also a major financial instrument that underpins global trade. It is utilised as a payment of the last resort. When used for international and domestic trade purposes a Standby Letter of Credit is not “leased”.

If a company wishes to obtain a loan or line of credit they will have to “lease” a Standby Letter of Credit. This they can do from a SBLC provider as explained below.

Explaining the ‘Leased” Standby Letter of Credit or SBLC ‘Lease” Process

“Leasing” a Standby Letter of Credit is the same as “Leasing” a Demand Bank Guarantee. A Demand Bank Guarantee is the only guarantee that can be monetised – both these instruments are used for monetisation purposes. When monetising a Standby Letter of Credit, it becomes an exact replica of a “Leased” Demand Bank Guarantee.

Both instruments will be governed by ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees, (URDG 758). Both will be payable on first demand and the verbiage contained within the format will be absolutely clear, precise and specific.

Who is an SBLC Provider?

An SBLC Provider “leases” Standby Letters of Credit, (and Demand Bank Guarantees). These companies lend part of their balance sheet to the “leased” bank instrument market. If a company wishes to “lease” a Standby Letter of Credit they will sign a contract with a SBLC provider. This contract is referred to as a Collateral Transfer Agreement. The two parties are referred to as The Provider and the Beneficiary.

Once the Collateral Transfer Agreement is signed the SBLC Provider will instruct their bank to transmit the Standby Letter of Credit. Their bank will SWIFT message the Standby Letter of Credit to the beneficiary’s bank for credit to their account.

SBLC Monetisation

The beneficiary has now taken ownership of the collateral or Standby Letter of Credit. They can now use this instrument as security to raise a loan or a line of credit. These facilities are often referred to as Credit Guarantee Facilities.

The beneficiary can confidently approach their bank with an application for Credit Guarantee Facilities. The bank has been offered first class security and are unlikely to turn down the application.

If the bank does reject the application there are companies in Europe who can supply third party lenders. These lenders are happy to lend against a “Leased” Standby Letter of Credit with Europe’s market leader based here in Geneva, Switzerland.

If you are a company interested in “leasing” a banking instrument, please get in touch via our online enquiy service, a member of our team will be in touch.