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Manufacturer Uses Two EXIM Small Business Tools to Grow Worldwide

Photo courtesy of Mid-South Control Line, Marrero, LA

Mid-South Control Line, a small business that has grown from two to 20 employees, is now a global enterprise – exporting to 37 countries thanks to two EXIM products. 

With facilities located in Houston, Texas, and Marrero, Louisiana, Mid-South Control Line is a supplier and manufacturer of hydraulic control lines, tubing encased conductors, and cable protectors, which are used during completion of oil and gas wells. The company performs a number of manufacturing steps in-house, providing its customers with customizable solutions.

The company uses EXIM’s working capital loan guarantee to fulfill international orders. Mid-South Control also utilizes export credit insurance to provide open account credit terms to its foreign buyers and also protect against foreign buyer nonpayment, especially in riskier markets. EXIM has supported $116 million of the company’s exports since 2014 and $38.2 million since 2018.

Founder and President Rick Lore, Sr. never imagined this growth when he started the company 30 years ago. “Before working with EXIM, I was very leery about giving any credit to companies that I was not familiar with or did not have United States ties for payment purposes,” he said.

Export Credit Insurance Provides Buyers with Open Account Credit Terms

EXIM’s export credit insurance is a popular product among U.S. exporters. The insurance policy protects foreign accounts receivable generated by the sale of goods and services from U.S.-based companies to international customers. The policy covers up to 95 percent of the sales invoice against nonpayment due to commercial (e.g., bankruptcy, protracted default) and political (e.g., war, insurgency) risks.

The insurance also improves U.S. companies’ competitiveness in the global marketplace. While many American exporting companies resort to cash in advance to avoid nonpayment risk, most foreign competitors are able to offer open account credit terms, which are significantly more attractive to potential buyers. They expect credit terms, and companies that are unable to extend credit may lose out on valuable opportunities.

Working Capital Guarantee Unleashes Necessary Cash Flow

EXIM has helped Mid-South Control Line obtain working capital loans from their lender, J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. EXIM’s working capital guarantees enabled the company to obtain the private sector financing. EXIM provided a guarantee to the lender for 90 percent of the nonpayment risk.  

EXIM’s guarantee means lenders are more likely to extend loans to exporters, as they only carry 10 percent of the risk. As a result, Mid-South has had funds available to fulfill its ever-growing international sales orders.

Lore attributes much of his company’s international success to EXIM. “Without the EXIM coverage, some of these orders would not have happened,” he said. “We are one of the largest exporters of our types of products in the USA. It has been a great feat to see our growth in the international market that we work in, and EXIM has played a huge part in our success.”

Learn More

Your company can also enter new markets and expand its sales. EXIM supports U.S. companies of all sizes. The agency has trade finance experts in regional offices throughout the country that can answer questions and provide information on EXIM’s products and services, and guide you through the application process. Contact Stephen.Maroon@exim.gov or call 202.565.3901 to learn more.