Many CFOs view asset-based lending as a financing outlet of last resort. While that may sometimes be the case, such a view can lead to lost opportunities. As companies confront the tight credit markets coupled with the potential for weaker operating results, many CFOs now view asset-based lending as a viable option to finance operations and growth initiatives. Historically successful companies that have recently experienced losses may find the stringent bank underwriting parameters increase the risk that their existing traditional bank loans may be called and the company may be limited as to qualifying for increased or continued financing. Asset-based lending (ABL) arrangements can be an option to be used to retire existing bank debt and provide operating and growth liquidity until traditional bank financing becomes available.