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Study Shows Older Applicants More Likely to Be Approved For Business Credit

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A study of business credit approvals shows older entrepreneurs get a higher percentage of loans.

A study conducted by business credit aggregator and technology provider, Biz2Credit shows those business owners in their 30’s and 40’s made-up the majority of those business people applying for business credit. Biz2Credit analyzed over 32,000 loan applications from June 2016 to June 2017 and found that 59% of applicants were in their 30’s and 40’s. That group accounted for 49% of the approvals.

The study also revealed that entrepreneurs in their 50’s, which made-up 18% of the applications accounted for 26% of approvals.

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“The older applicants had the longest established companies in age of business (51 months), which is more than four years, ” said Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, one of the country’s leading small business finance experts. “Since banks typically want to see at least three years of financial data when making funding decisions, our study confirms that established businesses with higher annual revenues are more likely to be approved for loans than newer companies owned by younger applicants.”

Those applicants over 60 years of age constituted only 8% of potential borrower, but their approval rate was highest at 30%. At the other end of the spectrum, Millennials (20-29) made-up 16% of applicants and had the lowest approval rate at only 9%.

Playing a major role in the approval rates were that average personal credit scores for the respective groups were higher with age, so the results were somewhat intuitive.

The study also looked at the proposed use of proceeds from business credit applications. The biggest difference between the applicants of different age groups found that those 20-29 intended to purchase equipment, while every other age demographic represented in the study prioritized the use of proceeds for “working capital”. Additionally, those aged 40-49 were more inclined than any other group to use their loan proceeds to purchase another business.

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Mr. Kelly attended Boston College where he studied English Literature and Economics, and also attended the University of Siena, Italy where he studied studio art.

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