Down on Main Street: Fed Provides More Info on Main Street Lending Program
Last week, the Federal Reserve issued additional guidance on its “Main Street Lending Program” for small and mid-sized businesses. A Crowell & Moring memo provides an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, and the mechanics of how it will operate. Here’s an excerpt:
The Program, administered by the Boston Fed, is intended to facilitate lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were financially stable prior to the COVID-19 pandemic so that they may maintain operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency period. The Program operates through three types of loans (the New Loan Facility (“MSNLF ”), the Priority Loan Facility (“MSPLF ”), and the Expanded Loan Facility (“MSELF”)) each offering a 4-year term loan, with an adjustable interest rate based on LIBOR plus 300 basis points, and with principal and interest payments deferred during the first year of the loan. Loans range in size from $500,000 to $200 million, depending upon the loan facility selected.
The lending is conducted through lenders who meet the Program’s eligibility criteria (“Eligible Lenders”). Program loans are secured or unsecured new term loans originated after April 24, 2020 (in the case of MSNLF and MSPLF) or are based upon, and are an upsized tranche of an existing term loan to an eligible Borrower, originated on or before April 24, 2020 (in the case of MSELF).
The loans are full recourse loans, and unlike the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Programs (“PPP”) loans, the Program loans have no forgiveness of debt features. When the Boston Fed announces the opening of the Program, Eligible Lenders that wish to participate in the Program must first register with the Boston Fed. The Program will remain active until September 30, 2020, unless it is extended by the Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury.
Eligible borrowers may use loan proceeds to maintain their U.S. operations & payroll until conditions normalize. While the new FAQs for the Program indicate that borrowers should undertake good-faith efforts to retain employees & payroll, businesses that have already laid-off or furloughed workers due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply for a loan. Copies of the FAQ and form documents for the Program are available on the Boston Fed’s website.
-John Jenkins, TheCorporateCounsel.net June 3, 2020
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