A key feature of Merchant Cash Advances is that, rather than having a traditional interest rate, borrows instead repay a multiple of the amount borrowed. This is known as the "factor rate" and it can be 1.15 - 1.6 times amount borrowed.
For example: if an owner receives $100,000 and is offered a factor rate of 1.2, the payback amount is $120,000. Additionally, payments are usually taken daily, consisting of a set percentage of operator's credit card transactions.
This process works like this. Say you make a total of $1,000 in daily credit card transactions, with a 10% rate, you'll be paying $100 that day towards the total payback amount.
While this infusion of liquidity can be a relief to an owner, the costs to this form of financing are significant based on how quickly the funds are repaid. Ultimately, this form of repayment can quickly straddle restaurant operators who might lack the strong positive cash flow necessary to immediately make repayments while supporting day-to-day operations.