Local Factoring Company, Interstate Capital, Gives Back To The El Paso Community

Interstate Capital Corporation often gives back to its local community and region through charitable donations and volunteer work, but this week brings an example of the company’s commitment to an important national cause: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure benefitting breast cancer research, survivors, and treatment. This year, business development officer Lori Ruiz celebrates eight years of organizing the Interstate Capital Race for the Cure team, one of the largest groups taking part in El Paso’s annual event.

“It’s a very important cause and one that hits home with many employees and their relatives,” Ruiz says. “Plus people like to get together outside the office and they bring along their spouses or significant others and children to have fun. Activities like these bring the company closer.” Since Interstate Capital first began taking part in the annual fundraiser, the company has always paid the entry fees for employees and their families.

Ruiz notes that since she first began recruiting employees to take part in the walk/run event, the company has contributed more than $15,000 to the cause. “A majority of our employees are women and this event helps raise awareness about breast cancer as well as raises funds,” Ruiz says. “I also think that the company’s support of the Race for the Cure inspires people. Knowing that we work for a company that cares for something as important as this cause is gratifying.”

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable factoring, freight bill factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, property broker bonds, fuel advances, truck and trailer financing, freight brokerage and freight payable auction management services. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 motor carriers and other small businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Interstate Capital, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary in 2015, projects to purchase in excess of $1 billion of receivables this fiscal year.  Interstate is one of the largest privately-held, non-bank transportation factoring companies in North America.

Local Factoring Company, Interstate Capital, Gives Back To The El Paso Community

Santa Teresa Company, Interstate Capital, Expanding into Central El Paso

After two years of unprecedented growth, the Santa Teresa-based Interstate Capital Group of Companies is expanding and opening offices in central El Paso this month. A portion of the company’s workforce will move from its Santa Teresa headquarters to El Paso by the end of November and company leaders plan to hire additional personnel later this year and into 2015.

The expansion and move to El Paso come after the company’s most successful month in its history. In October 2014, Interstate signed 46 new clients and disbursed $83 million of growth capital, representing a 29% year-over-year growth rate. Interstate’s October funding volume equates to non-seasonally adjusted $1 billion of annual funding volume.

“It takes a lot of dedicated people and physical space to service our client base and to maintain double-digit annual growth,” says Furman. “Last year, we realized we would have to acquire additional space to accommodate our growing workforce.”

The company has secured space at 2211 E. Missouri Avenue in central El Paso, with an option to acquire more space in the same building to accommodate its future growth needs. “We plan to relocate several departments to 2211 E. Missouri later in November when tenant renovations are complete,” Furman adds. “Eventually, I believe we will employ over 100 full-time people in our new El Paso location.”

Interstate’s new space, which will serve as an operations center and outbound call center, is less than a mile east of Downtown. “After searching for a location for over a year, we sought out 2211 E. Missouri (Gateway West) because of its proximity to the growing number of attractions in the Downtown and Kern Place districts,” says Furman. The office building sits within minutes of all the major El Paso healthcare facilities, UTEP, Basset Place, The Fountains at Farah, and Southwest University Park. “We believe our employees, who live in all parts of the Borderplex, will enjoy the great location and its easy access to the freeway.”

According to its five-year plan published in 2012, Interstate projected to reach $1 billion per year in funding volume by fiscal 2017. An accelerated rate of growth in 2013 and 2014 put Interstate well ahead of plan. “Our five-year plan was very conservative and assumed zero increase in our three-year trailing historical growth rate,” reports Tony Furman, Interstate Capital president. “Our revised objective is to disburse more than $1 billion annually by fiscal 2016 or sooner.”

The company’s growth rate during the past two years is attributable to the success of several maturing strategic marketing initiatives, including its proprietary web-based lead generation technology and increasing numbers of referrals from more than 6,000 past and current clients.

Interstate Capital, founded in 1993, has become one of the largest employers based in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.  Its clients include small- and mid-sized manufacturers; wholesalers; oilfield suppliers; transportation companies, and service businesses located throughout North America. The privately held company markets working capital financing, surety bonds, logistics services, and supply chain finance technology.  Interstate also developed and owns the world’s largest free transportation load board, FreeFreightSearch.com.

For information/interviews, contact:

Tony Furman

President, Interstate Capital Group of Companies

(800) 422-5995

Santa Teresa Company, Interstate Capital, Expanding into Central El Paso

Interstate Capital Announces Formation of Community Reinvestment Committee

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies formally announced the formation of a Community Reinvestment Committee (“CRC”) and two recent financial commitments to El Paso-based non-profits. Tony Furman, company spokesman, reports Interstate Capital made recent major financial commitments to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (formerly the El Paso Branch of the West Texas Food Bank) transforms thousands of lives on a daily basis through the distribution of over 6.5 million pounds of food per year and provides nutritional education to the public.  “We feel an investment in the food bank serves our community at the most basic level,” explains Furman.

The gift to the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study center takes the form of a Co-Presenting Sponsorship of the Museum’s upcoming presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, to be performed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the UTEP Concert Chorale at the Plaza Theater in November 2014.

The museum educates the public, particularly young people, to honor those who perished in the Holocaust and those who survived and to teach  the importance of acceptance, tolerance, the value and dignity of human life, and the consequences of abandoning these principles. The museum hopes to raise $200,000 from the performance of the Requiem, according to Furman.

Through formation of its CRC, comprised of members of Interstate’s executive management team, Interstate Capital hopes to continue its culture of giving to the community in the future and create a legacy to which other local businesses can aspire. Interstate has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of financial support in aggregate, to establish scholarship funds at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at El Paso College of Business Administration, and the UTEP Franchise Center as well as providing financial assistance for other causes. Other beneficiaries of CRC funds have included YMCA, YWCA, CASA of El Paso, Junior League of El Paso, Make-A-Wish Foundation, UTEP Athletics, Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation, Homerun for the Homeless, and countless other non-profit, civic, educational, religious, and athletic organizations.

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable financing,  freight bill factoring, invoice factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, property broker bonds, fuel advances, truck and trailer financing, freight brokerage and trade payable auction management. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 small businesses throughout the  U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Interstate Capital projects to purchase in excess of $1 billion of receivables annually within the next two years, earning it the distinction of being one of the largest privately held factoring companies in North America.  Interstate is a subsidiary of American Finance & Investment Co., Inc. (“AFIC”), which recently completed the acquisition of a 60,000 square-foot office building in central El Paso, where it and Interstate Capital plan to create or move 35 to 50 new jobs for El Pasoans over the next 18-24 months.

 

 

Interstate Capital Announces Formation of Community Reinvestment Committee

Interstate Capital Subsidiary Begins Alpha Testing Accounts Payable Auction Platform

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BidPay, Inc. (” BidPay®”), a New Mexico-based supply-chain finance technology start-up announced today it has begun alpha testing live data in its reverse-factoring payable auction platform. BidPay®, a trade-payable auction management firm, is part of the Interstate Capital Group of Companies. BidPay® markets a proprietary, cloud-based SAAS portal that delivers spot liquidity to credit-constrained suppliers of the world’s leading companies.

BidPay® CEO, and inventor of the BidPay® technology, Tony Furman, has over 30 years of experience in the banking and supply-chain finance industries. Furman is co-founder and President of Interstate Capital Corporation, one of North America’s leading independent accounts receivable factoring firms, discounting nearly $1 billion of receivables annually for companies throughout North America. BidPay® is a subsidiary of Interstate Capital.

BidPay® clients are companies that have access to credit and capital markets and annual revenues in the $1 billion to $5 billion range (“buyers”). Suppliers of  BidPay® ‘s clients may bid on the right to obtain prompt payment on qualified receivables directly from the buyer, and obtain spot liquidity without the need for external financing.

“BidPay® is attempting to capture receivable discounting opportunities for a large segment of suppliers all over the world that are unable to obtain financing from external funding sources”, explains Furman. Many suppliers, domestic and foreign, are unable to borrow against or factor their receivables, or are otherwise cash or credit-constrained. BidPay® is hoping to fill the financing void for those companies by electronically gathering supplier discount offers for its clients in an on-line auction platform and managing payable auctions.

BidPay® clients earn above-market, risk-free returns on their own funds employed in the early retirement of trade payables. At the same time, credit-constrained suppliers enjoy a new, flexible, and cost-effective source of spot liquidity that reduces supplier dependency on restrictive, costly, and often unavailable external sources of financing. BidPay®‘s has U.S. and international patents pending.

Furman estimates that worldwide demand for payable auctioning is so vast, BidPay® will be unable to capture all of the demand. “BidPay® will either license its platform or enter into franchise agreements with third parties to market the technology when and if demand outstrips our ability keep pace”, Furman commented. He adds, “We are evaluating strategic options to maximize the value of our IP, business model, and experience”. The BidPay®  payable auction portal will be publicly visible when the company transitions to beta testing late in 2014. Parties interested in viewing a live demo or inquiring about future licensing and franchising opportunities should contact Ernest Eisenberg,  BidPay®‘s President and Chief Operating Officer, at eeisenberg@interstatecapital.com.

Interstate Capital Subsidiary Begins Alpha Testing Accounts Payable Auction Platform

Interstate Capital Announces “100% Fuel Advance” Feature For Truckers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Interstate Capital Corporation, one of North America’s leading transportation factoring companies, announced at the International Factoring Association (IFA) Annual Conference it has begun marketing  a “100% fuel advance”.  Interstate Capital president, Tony Furman, describes a fuel advance as, “a financial product that provides truckers with ‘fuel money’ as soon as freight is picked up”. Without fuel advances, truckers have to wait until after delivery of freight to be paid their freight charges. Fuel advances have become a popular financial service among credit-constrained motor carriers and owner-operators in recent years.

Until Interstate’s announcement in San Francisco, fuel advances by factoring companies were limited to about 50% of the freight charge. Interstate will continue to offer its standard (50%) fuel advance at fees ranging from $14.99 – $24.99. Furman adds,  “We think the 100% fuel advance option will be a very popular product among our smaller fleets, because of the program’s simplicity and speed of funding. The trucker gets all its money when the load is picked up, minus our fee and it’s done.” Interstate Capital has priced its 100% fuel advance product at an all-in cost that is about the same as or slightly less than what truckers pay for 50% fuel advance products elsewhere. Most factoring companies that offer fuel advances require three transactions per load: a fuel advance of about 50% when the trailer is loaded, a 30-45% disbursement upon delivery, and a final disbursement (referred to as “reserve” or “hold-back”) once the factoring company collects the freight charges from the shipper or freight broker. “That’s an awful lot for small trucking companies to keep up with, not to mention a whole lot of banking and money transfer fees”, suggests Furman.

Key to Interstate Capital’s ability to market 100% fuel advances is its proprietary technology called Freight Payables Systems (FPS) which, when integrated with Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and other licensed technologies, allows it to manage and streamline funding operations more effectively. In January 2014, Interstate Capital announced the pairing of licensed GPS technology with its FPS, and immediately followed that announcement with a 50% cut in the pricing of its standard fuel advances. “Most factoring companies do not offer fuel advances”, Furman explains.

Without factoring companies’ fuel advances, credit constrained truckers often resort to limiting themselves to hauling cheap freight posted by opportunistic freight brokers that offer quick-pay options. In terms of value, Furman explains, “We estimate our 100% fuel advance is worth about $.06 to $.08 per mile on the average long-haul load.” The alternative to fuel advances is waiting until after delivery to obtain funding from a factoring company; or waiting for weeks after delivery to obtain payment from the shipper or freight broker.”

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable and freight bill factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, property broker bonds, fuel advances, trailer financing, and freight brokerage and freight payable auction management services. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 motor carriers and other small businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 

Interstate Capital Announces “100% Fuel Advance” Feature For Truckers

Interstate Capital Re-Brands World’s Largest Free Matching Site

EL PASO, TX APRIL 14. Interstate Capital, one of the largest independent funders of truckers in the U.S., revealed today its plan to re-brand it subsidiary, Check Freight Broker, LLC, better known in the transportation industry as “CheckFreightBroker.com” (“CFB”).  Effective immediately, the CFB brand will be co-branded, FreeFreightSearch.com.

Tony Furman, CEO of CFB explains, “In 2009, the CFB brand became synonymous with transportation credit reports for truckers.” As the business expanded into free freight matching, gradually the CFB name became obsolete. “I would estimate than 90% of our members currently use the site first and foremost, to find freight for free and secondarily, to ensure they’ll get paid by freight brokers,” Furman added. “Just three years ago, it was the other way around.”

To avoid confusion among its over 16,000 members and the rest of the transportation community, CFB will not immediately drop that identity, but site visitors will notice the the CFB identity along-side the  FreeFreightSearch.com branding. Eventually, when the co-branding campaign is complete, Furman plans to drop the CFB identity completely.

Furman attributes the site’s growth to truckers becoming smarter comparison shoppers. In 2011, CFB launched a sister site, CompareLoadBoards.com, to make comparison shopping easier for truckers.  At the time, trucking companies were paying many thousands of dollars to access competing, larger freight matching sites (“internet load boards”). They still do–a fact that provides Furman with fierce resolve to educate the trucking community about free load boards.  CompareLoadBoards.com illustrates the differences among load boards through use of an easy-to-understand comparison chart.  Furman claims, “The side-by-side comparison chart featured on the CompareLoadBoards.com site drives truckers to the CFB site by the thousands.”

“One of the most frequently asked questions is, ‘How do you make money?’ New site visitors are weary about being ripped off or eventually being charged to access the site’s premium features,” Furman explains. “Our biggest challenge is convincing truckers that it’s no scam. Our business model works because it’s free, not despite it. Our site is 100% advertiser supported, just like Yahoo, Yelp, and Facebook. We make money because our advertisers make money. Our advertisers count on us to deliver a growing, targeted, niche audience–and we do. It’s all about building user engagement on the site and building site metrics. We do that by providing access to all our valuable features for free,” he added.

By contrast, other major load boards charge their members thousands of dollars to access their sites. While some of the other major load boards boast larger membership rolls than CFB, its 16,000 members have searched over 40 million truckloads of freight and visit over a million of the site’s pages annually, making it by far the world’s largest free load board. CFB projects it will have over 25,000 registered members in 2014. According to Furman, CFB is in its infancy and still only scratching the surface of the free freight matching market after nearly five years in business.

CFB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Interstate Capital, a leading transportation factoring company that has provided $ billions of funding for over 6,000 motor carriers, freight brokers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers, and services businesses for over 21 years. Interstate and affiliates maintain offices in El Paso, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arkansas.

Interstate Capital Re-Brands World’s Largest Free Matching Site