A letter of guarantee is a surety bond, addressed to a government agency or organization, or other natural or legal entities, in which the bank pledges to pay a stipulated amount under stipulated terms and conditions in the event that a contractor fails to fulfil some specified contractual obligation or duty.
- From the obligor's perspective, going into business by receiving a letter of guarantee from a reputable bank.
- From the addressee's perspective, having guarantee of compensation if the work is not completed.
RNR-TCCL is often asked to assist in obtaining in the provision of Guarantees or Bonds on behalf of its customers, who may be importers or exporters, traders, middlemen or possibly contractors who have to give some form of undertaking to their counter-parties. The Guarantee is a written undertaking from a bank that if a customer does not honour an obligation to perform a particular function or service, the bank will pay over a sum of money on behalf of that customer to a named party.
Bank Guarantees or Bonds can be Conditional or Unconditional. When a guarantee is conditional, that anyone who wishes to claim under that guarantee must fulfil certain conditions before the guarantor is prepared to pay the appropriate sum to the beneficiary. When a guarantee is a simple demand guarantee, this means that the beneficiary named in the document is able to claim the benefit stated in the guarantee by simple demand.
A Bank Guarantee involves a financial institution providing a guarantee that a debt will not go unpaid. This kind of transaction gives the person or institution a safety net should the debtor be unable to make good on his borrowed money. If this situation does occur, the bank that provided the Bank Guarantee is responsible for the balance owed. Bank Guarantees can provide the necessary references to obtain a loan for goods or services. By procuring this type of instrument, a business will be able to purchase the needed capital to start or maintain their services to others. Since a bank is “backing” the customer, the institution providing the loan has no reason to find the customer unworthy of a loan. Whether the customer follows through or not, the loan will still be paid back without any hassle or interference of collections agencies.