6. INVOICE DISCOUNTING
6.1. A sub-section of this site contains Supplier User-specific information relating to the discounting of invoices due from POINT (on behalf of its clients) to the Third-Party Supplier related to the specific Supplier User. These additional terms apply to any use of this sub-section of the site, and the services resulting from such usage.
6.2. POINT, as an authorized procurement agent of its clients, has arrangements with financial institutions to provide invoice discounting on invoices due to POINT from POINT’s clients. If utilised, these facilities result in POINT receiving accelerated payment of selected invoices from these financial institutions. POINT is charged fees for such invoicing, based on a floating interest rate linked to JIBAR. Note that this rate may fluctuate at the requirement of the financial institutions offering invoice discounting to POINT, and may differ for invoices due from different POINT clients, or from different financial institutions. The ruling interest rate for such discounting fees will be available to Supplier Users from POINT, on request.
6.3. POINT will provide invoice discounting to Third-Party Suppliers only on the basis that POINT in turn is able to access accelerated payment on such invoices through its own arrangements. The selection of discounting services available to Third-Party Suppliers via the Supplier Platform will be published in the Finance section of the portal, and are subject to change at the discretion of POINT.
6.4. POINT will offer Invoice Discounting to Third-Party Suppliers at the same ruling interest rate offered to POINT as per Paragraph 6.2 above. This rate will be the same for all suppliers, and POINT will not enter into any negotiations with suppliers to amend or delay payment of invoice discounting charges.
6.5. In offering invoice discounting to Third-Party Suppliers via the Supplier Platform, POINT remains the authorized agent of its clients, and as such is restricted to a back-to-back arrangement in relation to funds available from clients relative to early payment to Third-Party Suppliers. For the avoidance of doubt, this means that POINT will only offer early payment to Third-Party Suppliers as and when invoices are confirmed by the client to be available for discounting on or before the required accelerated payment date.
6.6. Under no circumstances will POINT be bound to offer discounting to Third-Party Suppliers on invoices that are not yet available for discounting from the client to POINT. POINT cannot be held liable for any delays in such availability, whether due to oversight, error or other reason whatsoever.
6.7. Users wishing to discount their invoices must log into the Finance tab of the Supplier Platform portal, where they have the option to select invoice discounting service offers based on their respective invoices due from POINT. Subject further to any notes published in the Finance tab of the portal, POINT will endeavor to arrange invoice discounting as requested by the Supplier User. By clicking the “Submit Request” button on the invoice discounting page on the Supplier Platform portal, the Supplier User agrees to bind his/her respective organization to these Terms and Conditions, as relates to the invoices selected on the portal page, and agrees to any further conditions noted on such page.
6.8. The estimated charge to the Third-Party Supplier for the requested invoice discounting will be displayed on the Supplier Platform Finance portal page once the request has been submitted and approved. This will be based on the relevant financial institution involved, the current ruling interest rate charged to POINT by that institution, and the estimated number of days of accelerated payment. The actual charge will be based on the actual number of days by which payment is accelerated and the actual interest rate charged to POINT, and will be billed to the Third-Party Supplier in terms of Paragraph 8 below. Invoice discounting charges will be billed at the end of the month in which the discounting is requested, and are payable by the Third-Party Supplier at the time of payment of the relevant discounted invoice.
6.9. In the event that an invoice that has been discounted is not paid by a client, or payment is delayed beyond the agreed terms between POINT and POINT’s client, POINT will endeavor to resolve such matter on behalf of the Third-Party Supplier. However, nothing in the invoice discounting process, nor in these Terms and Conditions shall supersede the Principal/Agent terms as set out in Paragraph 18 of the POINT General Conditions of Purchase, as published on the POINT electronic procurement platform hosted on the Noosh system.