PPI approached their bank to determine whether they could access trade finance based on the trade with Holden. The bank was interested in providing funding once PPI had shipped to and invoiced the customer. However, as additional security the bank required the assignment of a credit insurance policy on the buyer repayment terms. As this was the first sale by PPI, the private sector credit insurers' minimum annual upfront premiums were unaffordable when compared with the expected sales turnover. The bank then requested NZECO to assess and insure the risk.
Holden is a subsidiary of GM, a multi-national US-headquartered company, so NZECO obtained a quality credit report (from a reporting agency), supporting information from the Parent company, and then undertook an assessment of the buyer's credit standing.
The result of the credit appraisal was positive and NZECO offered a short-term trade credit insurance policy to PPI and their bankers to enable them to provide trade finance against the value of shipments sent to Holden. PPI use the funding to pay suppliers, with repayment of the facility coming from Holden's payments.
"This first sale has taken a number of years to come to fruition and is so important, because it gets PPI market acceptance. The attentiveness of our Bank and NZECO was rated highly. It does add cost but we understand the need for this risk mitigation tool that also enables us to access finance, which is in itself a barrier to entry. PPI has a product, a market and a great story. Finance is a barrier, and PPI now has access to it," said Andrew Rodwell, Managing Director.
Carmen Moana, Manager of the NZECO, commented that "this is an example of how NZECO can assist a small and growing exporter to access credit insurance when the private-sector solution cannot be accessed affordably. It enables PPI to prudently de-risk a transaction and access trade finance from their bank."