Merchant Cash Advance Calculator: Find the True Cost of an MCA

Use this MCA calculator to determine the total cost of your merchant cash advance, including fees and interest.

NerdWalletJanuary 6, 2021
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A merchant cash advance is not a small-business loan; rather, it’s a cash advance in exchange for a cut of your future business sales.

Instead of making monthly installment payments over a set period of time, you make daily or weekly payments, plus fees, until the merchant cash advance is paid in full.

MCAs often carry triple-digit annual percentage rates, or APRs, which represent the total cost of a loan, including interest and fees. And the daily or weekly repayment schedule can cause cash flow problems for your business if your sales tend to be erratic or you hit a rough patch.

Using an MCA calculator can help you determine the total cost of borrowing and whether a merchant cash advance makes sense for your business.

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How to use this merchant cash advance calculator

Merchant cash advance amount: Enter the total MCA you’re borrowing.

Payback terms: If you know your factor rate, select that option. The factor rate typically ranges from 1.2 to 1.5. A higher factor rate corresponds to higher fees you’ll pay on the merchant cash advance.

In the “factor rate” field, enter that number.

If you don’t know your factor rate, select “total payback amount” and enter the amount in the next field.

Payment is based on: Select either monthly credit/debit card sales or fixed daily payment.

If you choose monthly credit/debit card sales, enter your estimated monthly credit or debit card sales in the next field.

In the “percent of monthly credit/debit card sales” field, enter the percentage amount (example 10%) that the merchant cash advance provider will deduct from your monthly credit or debit cards until the total borrowed amount is repaid.

If you choose fixed daily payment, enter the amount you expect to repay daily in the next field.

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Understanding your results

The approximate daily payment of: This is the amount you can expect to pay daily until your MCA is paid back in full.

For the period of: This is how long it’ll take to repay the MCA.

A total payback amount of: This is the total amount that you’ll pay for financing, including fees.

With an effective APR of: This is the total annual percentage rate of interest you’ll pay on the borrowed amount per year.

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