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Linkflow Capital: Singapore SMEs Access to Financing Improved in 2019

Research conducted by Linkflow Capital shows that more SMEs continue to see improved access to financing in 2019

SINGAPORE – Media Outreach – 16 June 2020 – In their annual SME
financing research conducted by Linkflow Capital, SMEs continue to see improved
access to financing in 2019.

According to Linkflow Capital, up to 39% of SMEs gained
access to financing in 2019. This figure has continued to improve since the
company started tracking data from 2017, from 19% in 2017 to 34% in 2018.

Research data and statistics are derived from Linkflow
Capital’s SME loan comparison portal launched in 2017. For this latest survey,
data was generated from over 2436 unique users for the period January to
December 2019.

“In 2019, our dataset suggests a slight improvement for
SMEs attempting to secure business financing, with up to 39% of our portal
users eligible indicatively for financing, up from 34% in 2018.” said Ben Teo,
a spokesperson for Linkflow Capital.

“2019 was a challenging year with the looming backdrop of a
US-China trade war and sluggish GDP growth of 0.7% in 2019, the slowest in a
decade. Despite these conditions, we did not see major adverse impact in credit
tightening for SME financing, although overall business loan growth dipped
slightly from 2018.”

Consistent from the data in 2017 and 2018, the major reason
why most SMEs are not able to access financing continues to be a combination of
low revenue and poor cash flow.

Presently, the elephant in the room will obviously be
Covid-19 and more specifically, its impact on SME financing availability.
Although this research is predominantly based on 2019’s data, flash figures for
the period January to May 2020 are included as well to form a basis how 1st
half 2020 might pan out for the SME financing landscape amidst the backdrop of
Covid-19.

For detailed figures and data on Linkflow Capital’s research
survey, kindly visit their webpage at https://smeloan.sg/blog/2019-sme-finance-accessibility-survey.

As we cross the halfway mark of 2020, the world is fraught
with rising uncertainties with risks of deglobalization and political friction
between major world economies.

Singapore’s GDP forecast for 2020 have been revised to
-0.7% to -0.4%, possibly the worst showing since independence.

The Government has
provided much support and succor for SMEs to cushion Covid-19’s economic damage,
including financing schemes to support SME lending. It is now critical for
businesses to pivot and adapt agilely to sustain and grow through this
challenging phase.

News Source: MediaOutreach

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