Georgia Department of Community Affairs_______________________________ Atlanta Marriott Century Center May 23, 2012
History & Background of State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) • Component of Small Business Jobs Act, bi-partisan legislation signed into law on Sep. 27, 2010 • $1.5 billion set aside for SSBCI to strengthen state-run lending programs that support small businesses • Georgia’s allocation is $47,808,507 (top 10 among states in $ amount).
Advantages and Opportunities for Georgia Lenders • Credit enhancements to strengthen bank loans • Delegated lending - Lenders manage underwriting process • SSBCI program - quick turnaround and streamlined format • Opportunity for CRA credit
What Does Georgia SSBCI Offer? • $47,808,507 in funding to assist Private Lenders to increase lending to Small Businesses (SBs) impacted by current credit conditions, through credit enhancements that strengthen bank loans • Three new SB loan programs for Georgia SBs • GCAP (Georgia Capital Access Program) - $10 million (Portfolio insurance program funded with borrower/lender fees matched with SSBCI funds) • SBCG (Small Business Credit Guarantee) - $17.8 million (50% loan guarantee with a conversion option into a risk reserve pool offering up to 80% reimbursement) • Georgia Funding for CDFIs - $20 million (Loan participation program specifically designed for underserved SBs)
SSBCI – General Eligibility Criteria • Loan proceeds can be used for eligible “business purposes”, including: • Start-up costs • Working capital • Business procurement, franchise fees • Equipment & inventory • Purchase, construction, renovation, or tenant improvements of eligible place of business
SSBCI – General Eligibility Criteria • Refinancing is not eligible; however, renewals may be eligible under certain conditions • Passive real estate investment generally is not eligible. However, exceptions may apply based on owner occupancy (60% for new construction, 51% for acquisition or renovation of existing building).
SSBCI – Eligibility Criteria (cont.) • Eligible small businesses include corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, cooperatives, sole proprietorships, state-designated charitable & other non-profit institutions. • SBs generally defined as 500 or fewer employees • SSBCI participation generally limited to $500,000 or less, with exceptions and target amounts tailored for each program • Participating lenders and borrowers will be required to provide certain assurances and certifications as required by US Treasury SSBCI guidelines.
GCAP (Georgia Capital Access Program) – What It Is • GCAP provides portfolio insurance to lenders by matching insurance premiums to be paid, by the borrower and lender, into a loan loss reserve fund for each loan enrolled. • Each financial institution establishes a separate loan loss reserve account in the name of, and managed by, the State.
GCAP – How It Works • Borrower & lender make contributions to loan loss reserve account, from 2% to 7%. (Borrower may pay lender’s contribution & vice versa; contributions may be financed.) • Georgia SSBCI funds (GCAP) will match borrower & lender contributions to loan loss reserve account at 1:1 ratio, but cannot exceed 7% match (SSBCI statutory limitation). • In case of default on enrolled loans, claims may be made against the loan loss reserve account for loss of principal and up to 90 days of accrued, but unpaid, interest.
GCAP – How It Works (cont.) • Qualified small business borrowers will have < 500 employees. • Loans will not exceed $500,000, with exceptions. • GCAP lenders must submit plan for reaching underserved communities. (Existing CRA plan generally will suffice.) • Eligible lenders include banks, credit unions, and CDFIs, as defined by SSBCI Act.
SBCG (Small Business Credit Guarantee) What It Is • The (“SBCG”) Program provides a 50% loan guarantee with a conversion option. • The conversion option under the loan guarantee enables financial institutions to build a Risk Reserve Pool (RRP) held by the State in a centralized fund. • Enrolled loans are covered with a 50% loan guarantee; loans converted to the RRP can be covered up to 80%. • SSBCI funds are leveraged with private capital from eligible lenders (banks, credit unions, qualified private lenders, and CDFIs).
SBCG – How It Works • Borrower fees – 2% first 12 months, 0.5% annually thereafter (paid at closing and beginning of year for term loans, deducted pro-rata as advances are made on LOCs) • Targeted to borrowers with 500 or fewer employees. Maximum loan amount generally $500,000, with exceptions. • Max terms for SBCG guarantee: • Lines of credit - 24 months • Amortizing loans – 48 months • Deficiency guarantee – Lender must diligently pursue collection from borrower prior to filing claim.
SBCG – How It Works (cont.) • Financial institutions will be incentivized to leverage private lending at 10:1 through the conversion option. • Financial institutions decide when to convert their 50% loan guarantee to the RRP. Upon conversion, annual fees are waived. • 10% of the balance on a converted loan will be transferred to the RRP. • Under the RRP, the lender may receive up to 80% reimbursement for losses on individual credits. • Reserves can cover losses on any enrolled loans. • RRP will be held by State, not lenders.
GA Funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) – What It Is • GA Funding for CDFIs is a loan participation program specifically designed to increase access to capital for Georgia’s underserved small businesses (minority- and women-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in low- and moderate-income, minority, and other underserved communities). • CDFIs are private financial institutions certified by the U.S. Treasury to provide credit and financial services to underserved markets and populations.
GA Funding for CDFIs – How It Works • Designed for borrowers with 500 or fewer employees and target loan amounts of $100,000 to $250,000. • State will accept subordinated collateral position behind other project lenders. • CDFIs encouraged to offer lower interest rates on SSBCI loans, for lower blended rate to borrower. • To meet US Treasury SSBCI thresholds, CDFIs are encouraged to leverage SSBCI funds (ideally $10:$1 private/SSBCI). • All loans will have a minimum $1:$1 public:private investment through bank participation or other private funds. Loans will be required to meet no less than a 1:1 ratio on a per loan basis.
GA Funding for CDFIs – Two Options • State will enter into performance-driven, contractual relationship with CDFIs. Participating CDFIs will earn fees for underwriting, closing, and servicing SSBCI loans, and may participate in one of two capacities: • Loan originator/servicer – State forwards SSBCI funds directly to borrower. Receivables are returned to the State. • Contracting entity– State forwards SSBCI funds to CDFI; CDFI loans SSBCI funds to borrower. CDFI may retain SSBCI loan payments and revolve these funds into future SSBCI projects, subject to State SSBCI regulations and approval by US Treasury.
GA Funding for CDFIs CaseSample –Bldg renovation & equipment for restaurant
Getting Started – What You Need to Know • Application and Vetting Process for Participating Lenders • Program Participation Agreements • Loan Enrollment Procedures • Transaction Documents • Reporting Requirements & Compliance
Georgia SSBCI Vetting Process – GCAP & SBCG • Eligible Lenders for GCAP (banks, CDFIs, and credit unions) and SBCG (banks, CDFIs, credit unions, qualified private lenders) will be evaluated on following criteria: • Adequate management & lending experience • Financial capacity and ability • Additional lender criteria for SBCG private lenders • DCA will partner with GA. Department of Banking & Finance to ensure participating financial institutions are sound.
Georgia SSBCI Vetting Process - CDFIs • CDFIs seeking participation in GA Funding for CDFIs will be evaluated on the following criteria: • Legal structure (min two yrs as Georgia-based corporation, CDFI Treasury certification) • CARS Rating or equivalent info (management capacity, business history/service area, underwriting) • Participation as a contracting entity has additional requirements • Qualified non-profit, non-depository CDFIs • Respond to RFQ
Application Steps – GCAP, SBCG, and O & S CDFIs • Interested lenders visit Georgia SSBCI website (www.georgia-ssbci.org) or contact DCA to acquire applicable lender application package. • Lenders complete application package and submit to DCA to request approval as participating SSBCI lenders. • Upon review of application, DCA will notify lender of approval status via e-mail, with digital copy of formal PPA. Lender signs PPA and returns PPA to DCA for execution/signature by State. • PPA contains terms and limitations of state and federal SSBCI regulations.
Next Step – Enrolling Loans • Lender determines if borrower is good candidate for SSBCI funding (meets basic eligibility requirements and just outside of lender’s normal underwriting guidelines). • Lender reviews Borrower Certification Form and SSBCI requirements with borrower. • Lender performs underwriting. • Lender submits required loan documentation to State.
Transaction Documents General Forms Applicable to All GA SSBCI Lenders • Borrower Certification and Enrollment Form • Loan Filing Form and Lender Certification
SSBCI Reporting Requirements • Lenders will supply required information to the State; State will forward required reports to US Treasury. • Quarterly Reports • Total amount and use of allocated funds, program income generated, and charge-offs • SBCG lenders also required to file monthly reports • Annual Reports • Transaction-level data for each SSBCI-backed loan, plus subsequent private financing for OCSP loans
For more info, contact: Holly Hunt, SSBCI Program Manager (404) 679-3144; email@example.com Brian Williamson, Assistant Commissioner (404) 679-1587; firstname.lastname@example.org www.georgia-ssbci.org Fax: (404) 679-1583
Q & A Session DCA and Regulatory Panel • Georgia Department of Banking & Finance • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency • Georgia Department of Community Affairs