Judo Bank Review (2021)

  • Updated: 13/07/2022
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🗺️ ProductsBusiness Loans
Line of Credit
Equipment Loans
💰Funding Amount$250,000 to $10,000,000
📊 Loan TermsFlexible
Min. Trading PeriodNone
Min. Trading TurnoverNone
🛍️ Unsecured/Secured Secured
💳 Funding SpeedN/A
Loan ProductsBusiness LoansLine of CreditEquipment Loans
Loan Terms & Funding Size
💰 Loan Amount$250,000 to $10,000,000$250,000 to $10,000,000$250,000 to $10,000,000
⏳ Loan LengthFlexible12 months
(reviewed annually)
Up to 5 years
(life of the asset)
📆Payment scheduleMonthly
No set scheduleMonthly
💳 Line of Credit Option?✔️
Loan Costs
💸Fees (exc. interest)
﹪Interest Rate Type✔️Principal + interest or
✔️Fixed-rate period or
Variable interest rate
(Judo market base)
Variable interest rate
(Judo market base)
Fixed interest rate
🔓 Unsecured Loans?❌ (Business or property assets)❌ (Business or property assets)❌ (Secured by assets being financed)
👍 Early Repayment❌If using a fixed interest rate (fees apply)
✔️No fees if using a variable interest rate
✔️No fees if using a variable interest❌If using a fixed interest rate (fees apply)
Loan Qualification
🎓 Qualification Basics
🛍️ Min. Trading Qualification
📅 Min. Turnover Qualification
🗎 Low Doc Loans
😕 Bad Credit OK?✔️
Approval & Funding Speed
🏍 Fast Online Application
💨 Funding Speed

Products – Types of financing available

Judo Bank offers 3 different products for small businesses to accommodate a range of different needs. With Judo Bank you can choose between the following loans:

  • Business loans
  • Line of credit
  • Asset Finance / Equipment loans

All loans range between $250,000 and $10,0000 and require some form of security. This means Judo Bank is not the best option for your SME needs a small loan or lacks suitable assets to use as security.

Business Loans

Business loans are useful if you wish to grow your business, make large purchases, increase your cash flow or maintain daily operating costs. This working capital is given to you in one lump sum for which you will begin paying interest costs straight away. With Judo Bank, business loans range between $250,000 to $10,000,000, so you need to consider if you need at least all $250,000 at the start of the loan as you will need to pay interest for any portion you are not using.

Business Loans eligibility / qualification:

judobank-Business Loans qualification

Judo Bank loans require the use of security. This security is used in place of minimum business requirements that you will find lenders with unsecured loans require. That said, it is likely that Judo Bank will still require your business to have a sounds credit history and show a capacity to pay back the loan.

Judo bank business loan funding size and terms

judobank-Business Loan Funding Size and Terms

Judo Bank will match the length of the loan your business needs. The loan terms will vary according to the size of the loan, business revenue and other expenses. In the same vein, Judo Bank designs its repayment schedule so that you can pay when your business is most likely to have the funds to meet payment commitments.  You can choose between monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and even season repayment.

Judo Bank business loan costs and fees

judobank-Business Loan Costs and Fees

Interest Rates – variable interest (based on Judo Bank market rate adjusted on 1st each month), fixed interest or combination
Payment cost – principal + interest rates, interest rate only

Judo Bank has a range of cost options and will work with you to find the best option for your needs. You can choose between variable interest, fixed interest or a combination of the two. On the 1st of each month, Judo Bank adjusts its market base rate which is the variable-rate you will pay. This base rate is determined by the bank bill swap rate (BBSW bid rate), the banks funding costs and market conditions.

If you think interest rates will increase then you may prefer fixed interest rates instead of variable rates. While the Judo Bank website does not show their fixed interest costs, studies show you will generally pay more with fixed interest. As a borrower, it can help to keep in the mind the length of the loan, longer loans mean more opportunity for changes in variable interest rates. The other thing to keep in mind is that Judo does charge fees for early repayment with fixed interest rates and these costs are determined by:

  • How much of the loan being you pay early
  • The period remaining of the loan remaining with a fixed interest
  • What your contracted loan repayments are
  • Any differences between the wholesale interest rate between the first day the fixed rate for the loan and at the time you make the early repayment.

In addition to a choice of interest rate types, you can also choose between principal plus interest rate or interest-only payments. Where possible, it is a good idea to pay the principal where possible as this will reduce the interest you need to pay over the life of the loan. If you are unable to pay the interest principal and interest, then you can pay the interest only. At some point, you will need to pay the principal are you will not be reducing your debt.

Judo Bank line of credit

A line of credit loan (loc) is a good alternative to a business loan when you don’t need access to the entire loan upfront. This arrangement can save the business on costs as you only pay interest on the amount you draw when you need it rather than pay interest on the entire loan from day one. Unfortunately, Judo Bank website does lack some details about how the loc works, so it is unclear if there is a minimum loan size of $250,000 or a minimum drawdown of $250,000. This detail can be useful as a Judo Bank loc is best if you wish for pre-approval for a loc of $250,000 or greater that can const of multiple drawdowns of smaller size rather than a business loan of $250,000 all at once.

Line Of Credit – Funding And Loan Terms

Loan Amount

Loan Amount

$250,000 to $10,000,000

Term Length

Term Length

12 month
Renewed annually

Payment Schedule

Payment Schedule

No fixed schedule

Low Doc Loans

Low Doc Loans




Business or property assets

The Judo Bank website lacks information about how their line of credit works, which makes it difficult to provide information with much detail so it would be inappropriate to write about these features. It would be fair to say, that it would be better if the bank had more transparency with how the line of credit works.

Line Of Credit – Costs and Fees

judobank-Line Of Credit - Costs and Fees

The Judo market base rate determines what variable interest rates you will pay. Judo Bank reviews this on the 1st of each month and this rate can move up or down depending on a range of factors. Unfortunately, it is unclear if you must pay principal + interest or if the lender allows an interest-only period.

Judo Bank Asset finance / Equipment loans

Asset finance is a type of loan that helps businesses purchase the assets and equipment that they need to maintain operations or grow. This type of arrangement helps your business maintain its working capital in situations where the asset may be expensive to purchase outright. Loans for assets such as equipment, property and inventory start from $250,000 and go up to $10,000,000 making Judo Bank a good choice for large investments.

Asset Finance – Funding And Loan Terms

judobank-Line Of Credit - Funding And Loan Terms

A loan of a quarter of a million is quite high, so it is a good thing Judo Bank gives you up to 5 years matched to the effective life of the asset to pay the loan. Borrowers will also appreciate the flexible repayment terms which can be monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or even seasonal if your business depends on high seasons for most of its cash flow.

When taking out a loan, you will need to secure the loan with collateral. Asset finance will usually use the asset you are purchasing for security, which is good if your business doesn’t have assets available to use.

Asset Finance – Costs And Fees

Origination Fee

Origination Fee

Interest Rate

Interest Rate

Judo Market base rate
Rate reviewed on 1st of month

Other Costs

Other Cost Notes

No Hidden fees

No Hidden fees

Early Payment Permitted

Early Payment Permitted

Unlike with a business loan or line of credit, Judo Bank charges you fixed interest for the Asset finance. This interest will be determined by how much you borrow, how long you need to pay the loan, the business cash flow and credit rating. When making payments, you will need to pay principal and interest however there is an optional balloon.

As asset finance has fixed interest, there will be early repayment fees. This means if you pay the loan before the end of the loan term, you will need to pay a fee as Judo Bank calculate your interest on the expectation you will take the full loan period to pay the loan. If you replay the loan early then Judo Bank will incur some financial loss which they need to recover.

Ease Of Application And Application Process

To apply for a loan, you need to provide your personal contact details on the Judo Bank website or call the lender directly and they will get back to you as soon as a consultant is available. To have a Judo Bank consultant contact you, you will need to provide the following details:

  • Full name
  • Company name
  • Postcode
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • The type of business finance you need
  • A short message of your requirements

Judo Bank prefers a more human approach to the application process. Unlike many fintech online small business lenders, Judo Bank does use an automated online application process which performs credit and finance checks in order to give you pre-approval for the loan.

What Information Does One Need To Apply?

While the website does not provide information about what information you need to provide Judo Bank with, we contacted Judo Bank for information and they asked us to provide the following:

  • What has been your businesses turnover and average profit over the last 2 years?
  • Do you have 2 years of financial statements readily available?
  • How much are you looking to borrow and what is the purpose of the loan? (if the required funding is for working capital or growth please provide a detailed breakdown)

With this information, a business banker will contact you to help get things moving with the loan.

Judo Bank Review – Customer Service

We were impressed with how promptly Judo Bank customer service team got back to us following some questions. The customer service team emailed us 5 questions to answer to help get the loan process moving. However, productreview.com.au feedback appears mixed with some clients praising their service with others complaining they are unable to get through to human contact and responses via email.

Our Judo Bank Review Conclusion