## Note:

**If you don't see the option to add Collateral to your opportunity, your administrators might have enabled Facility Ratings instead. To learn more, visit** **Using Facility Ratings**.

## Collateral

**Quantity**- The more collateral the better. The quantity of collateral is usually expressed in terms of “Loan-to-Value (LTV)”**Quality**- The higher the quality of the collateral the greater the impact it has on offsetting credit risk. For example, cash is much better quality collateral than say work-in-process inventory.

## Collateral Types within PrecisionLender

Collateral types are fully customizable by your local administrator but typically include: Commercial Real Estate, Cash, Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Fixed Assets or Equipment, Land, Residential Real Estate, Marketable Securities, etc.

If the Collateral Type you need is not available in your drop down list, please contact your Administrator and ask them to add the additional collateral type. Your local administrator also controls the recovery factors for your various products.

## Adding Collateral to a Loan within an Opportunity

To add collateral, click the "Collateral" field, then click "Add" and select the applicable Collateral Type from the list. Then enter either the "Value" or the "Combined LTV" and any applicable "Prior Liens".

**Combined LTV**: The ratio of the Loan Value AND prior liens to the value of the Collateral.- You can enter this, or it will be calculated if you enter the "Value."
**Value**: The dollar value of the collateral.- You can enter this, or it will be calculated if you enter the "Combined LTV."
**Prior Liens**: The total value of all Prior Liens against this Collateral- See section below on Prior Liens for more detail.
**Effective Value**: The collateral value necessary to realize the same return after taking into consideration the prior lien and the recovery factor.- If there is a Prior Lien then:
- Effective Value = Collateral Value - (Prior Lien / Recovery Factor)
- See section below on Effective Value.
**Effective LTV**: The ratio of the Loan value to the Effective Value of the Collateral.

## Prior Liens

### For Example:

**Loan Value**= $800,000**Collateral Value**= $1,000,000**Prior Liens**= $200,000**Collateral LTV**= 80% = $800,000 / $1,000,000**Combined LTV**= 100% = ($800,000 + $200,000) / $1,000,000**Recovery Factor for Collateral**= 0.35- This is set in The Administration Section and can vary from product to product.
- For more information see: Setting Up Collateral Types.
**Effective Value**= $428,571 = $1,000,000 - ($200,000 / 0.35)**Effective LTV**= 186.67% = $800,000 / $428,571- The
**Collateral Mitigation**of this collateral position will be $150,000. This is the post-liquidation amount that will be available after taking into account the recovery factor and the prior lien-holder's position. The Collateral Mitigation value is used behind the scenes to calculate the overall return of the opportunity. This value is calculated as ($1,000,000 x .35) - $200,000

### How the Effective Value works

The Effective Value is the collateral value necessary to realize the same return after taking into consideration the prior lien and the recovery factor. As you can see in the example below, once the prior lien of $200,000 is introduced, the Effective Value decreases from $1,000,000 to $428,571 and the return drops from 22% to 15.18%. Essentially, an $800,000 loan balance with a first lien position on a collateral value of $428,571 returns the same return as an $800,000 loan balance in a second lien position behind a $200,000 first lien on a collateral value of $1,000,000.

An $800,000 loan and a $1M collateral position with no prior liens:

**Resulting Return**= 22.0%

Adding $200,000 of prior liens decreases the effective value from $1,000,000 to $428,571:

**Resulting Return**= 15.18%.

A Collateral valued at $428,571 with no prior liens has an equivalent effective value:

**Resulting Return**= 15.18%

### Limitations on how PrecisionLender handles Prior Liens

**Infinity LTV**