Define: Factoring

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Factoring

Quick Summary of Factoring

This means receiving funds instantly without having to wait for payment from a customer. A factoring company pays a percentage of the invoice to the business being paid, as much as 95%, and takes a cut of the cost.

What is the dictionary definition of Factoring?

Dictionary Definition

  1. A financial transaction whereby a business sells its accounts receivable to a third party (called a factor) at a discount.
  2. math The process of factorisation.


Full Definition of Factoring

Factoring is a financial transaction and a type of debtor finance in which a business sells its accounts receivable to a third party at a discount. A business will sometimes factor its receivable assets to meet its present and immediate cash needs.


Examples of Factoring in a sentence

It was just 8% of total world factoring volumes in 1992, according to Factors Chain International.
A big advantage of factoring and invoice discounting is how they enable fiscal adaptability and flexibility.
For smaller companies, suffering from cash flow problems, factoring may prove a solution.
The final chapter debates the legal structure of international factoring.

Synonyms For Factoring

factorization, factorisation, factor, factored, factorize

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Factoring. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. January 21, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Factoring. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 21, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Factoring are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 26th December 2018.