4Syte and Barclays Factoring

I am sure that clients of Barclays factoring division were surprised to hear a couple of weeks ago that the bank had sold their factoring portfolio to the little known finance company 4Syte

It seems that quite a few of these clients are unhappy with the arrangements as they didn’t wish to be palmed off onto a factoring company that they had never heard of so have started contacting other better known factoring companies in an effort to be moved on.

I must admit that I knew very little about 4Syte so a little research turned up the fact that it’s a fairly new company headed up by Nick Sellars which was a name that I did recognise from way back as he was Managing Director of the late unlamented Aston Rothbury Factors which went bust just over ten years ago.

He then set up Platinum Funding which later morphed into Pulse Cashflow which as readers of Factoring Blog will know is my least favourite factoring company.

Instead of trading as a single company 4Syte seems to consist of a group with a separate company formed for each type of finance that they undertake with at least nine different 4Syte companies in the group with Balder Capital Ltd being shown as a person with significant control.

Barclays have always had an uneasy relationship with factoring as they were the last of the High Street banks to set up an invoice finance division and even that was very slow to get going and sizewise never got close to the other banks in terms of vanilla factoring clients and turnover and even their operations were unusual as they used a third party for much if not all of their new client Onboarding.

It seems that 2021 might see a considerable amount more of changes in the industry as rumours abound that factoring clients of RBIF have been given six months notice too so there will be a mad scramble amongst factoring companies and brokers to hoover up their clients too.

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Factoring statistics for 2009

Apologies for not updating the blog recently which was in part due to an extended vacation thanks to yet another misfortune emanating from Iceland plus the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything of interest happening in the factoring world.

The final quarter’s stats for 2009 were recently published by the ABFA and the figures for all of 2009 make quite depressing reading with overall client numbers down by 10% but it’s when one starts to look carefully at individual statistics that it starts to get worrying.

The largest number of clients overall is in the 0 to £500,000 turnover category with 38% of all clients falling within this grouping. The number of clients in this group fell by 11% over the year but the worrying statistic is that overall advances to this group fell by a whopping 56.8% from £908m to £567m

At the end of 2008 the ABFA reported a total of 48,022 companies with either factoring or invoice discounting facilities and whilst this number fell to 43,590 by the end of 2009 the factoring companies that provided the statistics reported that they had lost 20,892 clients throughout the year and gained 15,100

20,892 lost clients is an extremely large percentage of the average number of clients overall and should give cause for concern to observers.

Barclays seem to be the biggest loser as their client numbers went from 4,967 at the end of 2008 to 3,723 at the end of 2009 which is a reduction of 25%