This morning the Treasury began implementing the Main Street Lending Program for mid-sized companies. In another section of the CARES Act, the Main Street Lending Program, there will be $600 billion in new funds made available to borrowers.
The original Act intended lending be made available to borrowers with employee sizes 500-10,000. Today’s information sheet eliminates the minimum employee size standard, now making loans available to all borrowers. Essential terms of the loans indicate:
- It will be a recourse loan to the borrower
- It will have a 4 year maturity
- Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year
- Interest rate will be at market and will float
- Minimum loan size = $1mm; maximum loan is the lesser of $25mm or 4x EBITDA for all outstanding debt, inclusive of this borrowing and undrawn credit on existing facilities
- Lenders are telling us that this will be a more traditional underwriting process than the PPP. They are coming up to speed on the program and will update as they learn more
- There will be restrictions on businesses that take these loans down, including:
- Stock dividends or buybacks will not be permitted for one year after the term of the loan
- The borrower makes a good faith representation that 90 percent of its workplace on February 1, 2020 will be restored until September 30, 2020
- All employee compensation and benefits to retained employees will be restored within four months of the end of the COVID-19 emergency
- The borrower will not outsource or offshore jobs for the term of the loan and for two years after the term of the loan
- Not abrogate collective bargaining arrangements in place for the term of the loan and for two years afterwards
- Remain neutral in any union organizing efforts for the duration of the loan
- There are other restrictions that will be described in detail in more information to come shortly
This is an important resource to companies that have maxed out funding under the PPP and still require liquidity to continue operations.
We are analyzing this and will have additional updates.
Please reach out to our COVID-19 Response Team with any questions you might have.