Debt in Disguise
November 2007 by
Why does WESCO International Inc. use accounts-receivables securitization, a form of financing so closely linked to the subprime-mortgage meltdown? “Because we can,” says senior vice president and CFO Stephen Van Oss. Van Oss is speaking only partly tongue-in-cheek. His company, a $5.3 billion distributor of electrical products, has a high-quality customer base and a robust IT platform for tracking the performance of receivables, capabilities demanded by banks and credit rating agencies.