SaaS Financing Options for Company Growth

Afshan Qureshi
Afshan Qureshi
Content Marketing Manager
Posted on
August 30, 2023
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SaaS Financing Options for Company Growth

At our virtual event Growth Financing for SaaS Founders, Miguel Fernández (co-founder and CEO of Capchase), Immad Akhund (co-founder and CEO of Mercury), and Jason Garcia (head of Capital, Mercury),  discussed the rise in SaaS financing options for founders to grow their businesses, and how these growth financing options can be used in conjunction with venture capital.

Watch our event video below and read through our key takeaways of how startups can better leverage SaaS financing to grow their companies.

The rise in alternative forms of SaaS financing

As your startup grows, when, why, and how to raise capital become pressing questions. Traditionally, SaaS startups have looked to venture capital to finance their needs. However, equity financing is not always the right option. It’s best used  for new products and experiments that might have big pay-offs, but will also dilute your ownership in your business.

Different milestones will require different amounts and types of capital.For example, you might use venture capital for launching an experimental new product or inventory financing to stock up on goods when you expect a supply chain crunch.

“A company has all of these different gears that it invests in, and it’s important for funding to get more specific to match those gears,” Jason explained at our event.

This includes credit cards, debt financing,, and recurring revenue-based financing —the latter is what Capchase offers.

According to Capchase CEO, Miguel Fernandez, there has been an overall rise in interest in these SaaS financing alternative options over the past few years. When the pandemic hit, the U.S. government offered subsidies to startups and helped get founders acclimated to new forms of capital to help keep their businesses  growing. Additionally, there are more seasoned entrepreneurs in the mix than ever before—meaning that there’s also more experts who can weigh in on the after-effects of the dilution that comes with equity.

Recurring-revenue SaaS financing and venture capital

Recurring-revenue SaaS financing allows companies with recurring revenue—say, with monthly subscriptions or annual contracts—to access their future revenue upfront. For example, if your company has 12 customers paying subscriptions for $500/month, your recurring-revenue financing provider might give you a 6 month loan of $36,000, with a monthly payback plan and an interest rate of 8% a month. This interest rate might change based on factors like the maturity of your company, the quality of your contracts, and how consistently you pay back your loan.

Recurring-revenue loans have no fees, warrants, or stock options attached to them. In the case of Capchase, the minimum loan is $50,000.

Recurring-revenue SaaS financing is a good fit if:

  • You’re using it to acquire a business with a predictable income stream (e.g., $200,000 in annual recurring revenue).
  • You’d like to invest the funds in aspects of your business with predictable growth, like marketing, hiring, or professional services.

Additionally, recurring-revenue financing is often used as a complement to other forms of SaaS financing , like venture capital. Many VCs will even ask companies to put debt on the balance sheet, especially around the time of a Series A.

Recurring-revenue financing can help your business get a better valuation in the future and allow you to hit certain milestones before you go out for your next round of fundraising. “What recurring-revenue financing is doing for VCs is making VC funds go way longer,” Miguel explains. “A company can go for much longer and raise at a higher valuation next time.”

And in the case where a recurring-revenue loan is seen as a liability by a VC—for example, if they worry that your subscriptions will churn and your business will be adversely impacted by having to pay your recurring-revenue loan back—you can reduce the liability by paying back your loan consistently. This also increases trust in your business.

Keep in mind:loans based on recurring revenue depend on the quality of your subscriptions. If your contracts churn, your company will be on the line to pay back its loan.

Recurring-revenue financing may also not be a fit if:

  • There’s a shock in the market that threatens your contracts.
  • You spend the loan on something unpredictable, like a new product without forecastable returns, or things that generate no returns, like snacks for the office.
  • You’re growing very quickly and will have to pay back the loan faster than expected.

To learn more about Capchase's revenue-based financing, check out our Grow product.


Thank you to our partners at Mercury. Check out Mercury Capital to learn more about its growth financing options.

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