Federal Reserve Authorizes Main Street Loans for Companies Impacted by COVID-19

Effective April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve authorized a series of programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, businesses, and state and local governments struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is an overview based on available information of the Main Street Lending Program, including the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF) and Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF).

What’s Next

The Federal Reserve’s announcement and terms outlined below do not include the detailed procedures that will be required for full implementation of the Main Street Lending Program, and numerous details of the program are not yet resolved. We expect additional details regarding both a borrower’s application for credit under the program and the mechanics of a lender’s sale of loans to the MSNLF or the MSELF will be forthcoming after April 16, 2020, the close of the comment period stated in the Federal Reserve’s announcement.

What is clear is that clients seeking Main Street funding will need to apply through banks and other lenders authorized to process the loans. We advise clients to reach out to their bank and other lenders now to determine whether you will be able to apply for Main Street funding through these institutions. If your bank is not participating in the program, clients are advised to reach out to other lenders.

As with the PPP loans, we expect a similar rush of applications for the Main Street funds. We advise clients to assess their needs for the funding now, as we expect funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We urge clients to gather information now for the application so once it is released you are ready to submit.

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis. Eligible banks may originate new Main Street loans or use Main Street loans to increase the size of existing loans to businesses.

Organizations seeking Main Street loans must commit to make reasonable efforts to maintain payroll and retain workers. Borrowers must also follow compensation, stock repurchase, and dividend restrictions that apply to direct loan programs under the CARES Act. Firms that have taken advantage of the PPP may also take out Main Street loans.

Source: AAFCPAs

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