Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund (USDA)


    Policy Guidelines 

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    Section 1. GENERAL                                                                                            Page

                  1.1  Policy Guidelines                                                                                  3

                  1.2  Objectives                                                                                             3

                  1.3  Form of Assistance                                                                               3

    Section 2. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS                                                         

                  2.1  Eligible Activities                                                                                  3

                  2.2  Eligible Borrowers                                                                                3

                  2.3  Eligible Uses of ABRLF                                                                       3

                  2.4  Ineligible Uses of ABRLF                                                                     3

    Section 3.  PROGRAM STANDARDS                 

                  3.1  ABRLF Financing Amount                                                                   4

                  3.2  Minimum Amount of IDA Assistance                                                              4

                  3.3  Maximum Amount of IDA Assistance                                                              4

    Section 4.  LENDING POLICIES

                 4.1  Term of Loans                                                                                                   4

                 4.2  Interest Rate                                                                                           4

                 4.3  Repayment Terms                                                                                  4

                 4.4  Security                                                                                                 5

                 4.5  Subordination                                                                                                    5

                 4.6  Exceptions                                                                                             6


                 5.1  Loan Applications                                                                                 6

                 5.2  Application Fee                                                                                     6

                 5.3  Application Processing                                                                                      6

                 5.4  Loan Approval                                                                                                  6

                 5.5  Loan Disapproval                                                                                  6


                 6.1  Commitment Letter                                                                                7

                 6.2  Loan Closings                                                                                                    7

                 6.3  Security                                                                                                 8

                 6.4  Loan Disbursements                                                                              8

                 6.5  Fees; Administration                                                                              9

    Section 7.  LOAN MANAGEMENT         

                 7.1  Delinquencies                                                                                                    9

                 7.2  Default                                                                                                              9

                 7.3  Compliance Monitoring                                                                         9


    County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency
    Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund

    Policy Guidelines

    Section 1.        GENERAL

    1.1               Policy Guidelines.  These Policy Guidelines are adopted by the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency (“Agency”) and are intended to serve as the primary administrative document for the Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund program (“ABRLF”).  Any changes to the ABRLF must be adopted by the Agency.  A Loan Review Committee consisting of two (2) members of the Agency and the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer (“Loan Review Committee”) shall oversee the ABRLF.  The two (2) Agency members serving on the Loan Review Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Agency.

    1.2              Objectives.  The primary objectives of the ABRLF are to facilitate the establishment or expansion of agricultural business activity within theCounty ofSullivan (“County”) and create employment opportunities.


    1.3               Form of Assistance. The ABRLF will provide assistance only in the form of secured loans.


    2.1               Eligible Activities


    (a)               The principal business activity that will be primarily impacted by the financing shall be agri-business and shall be located within the County.  

    (b)              The business activity to be undertaken with assistance from the ABRLF must directly result in the creation or retention of employment positions consistent with Federal regulations.

    2.2               Eligible Borrowers.  Eligible borrowers include sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies.  Loans may also be provided to individuals acting as principals of an eligible entity and who will rent or lease assets to an otherwise eligible borrower.

    2.3               Eligible Uses of ABRLF.  ABRLF funds may be used for any justifiable business purpose including, but not limited to fixed assets, current assets including inventory and receivables, and permanent working capital.

    2.4               Ineligible Uses of ABRLF.  ABRLF funds shall not be used for the refinancing of existing debt.


    Section 3.        PROGRAM STANDARDS

    3.1               ABRLF Financing Amount.  The ABRLF is intended to bridge financing with traditional financing sources.  Therefore, ABRLF assistance shall be no greater than the minimum amount necessary to facilitate the business activity.  Applicants must demonstrate that other private and public sources of debt and equity have either been maximized or are inappropriate, unaffordable, or otherwise unavailable.  It is generally expected that the amount of ABRLF assistance will not exceed fifty (50%) percent of the total amount of the required financing, including fixed asset and working capital requirements.

    3.2               Minimum Amount of ABRLF Assistance.  ABRLF assistance will not be considered where the amount of such required assistance is less than Twenty-Five Thousand and 00/100 ($25,000.00) Dollars.

    3.3               Maximum Amount of ABRLF Assistance.  ABRLF assistance may not exceed the amount of Two Hundred Thousand and 00/100 ($200,000.00) Dollars for each project assisted.

    Section 4.        LENDING POLICIES

    4.1               Term of Loans.  For fixed asset loans the loan term will generally be consistent with the life of the assets being financed, with such periods being consistent with standard commercial lending policies and in no instance exceeding ten (10) years.  For working capital loans, the loan term may not exceed five (5) years.  For all loans, the term shall be determined by the Loan Review Committee based upon such factors as the structure of other related loans, the nature of the collateralized assets, and the borrower’s projected ability to repay the loan.

     4.2               Interest Rate.  The interest rate charged shall be a fixed rate in the case of fixed asset loans and a variable rate in the case of working capital loans.

    (a)        For fixed rate loans, the interest rate shall be one (1%) percent plus the treasury constant maturity index published for the week immediately prior to the loan closing date for the same time-frame as the loan amortization.

    (b)        For working capital loans, the variable interest rate shall be equal to the one (1%) percent plus the prime rate as published by the Wall Street Journal for the day immediately prior to the Loan Closing date. 

    (c)        In no event shall any fixed rate or variable rate be less than four (4%) percent at any time.

    4.3               Repayment Terms.  The Loan Review Committee will determine the schedule of loan repayments on case-by-case basis based on the applicant’s projected ability to repay the loan, the projected value of the collateral and other security, and the overall risk assumed.  Repayment terms may involve standard forms of loan amortization, periods of interest only payments, extended amortization schedules with balloon payments of principal and/or such other terms as may be determined by the Loan Review Committee to be appropriate.

     4.4               Security.  The Loan Review Committee will determine the required security for each loan on a case-by-case basis based on such factors as risk of default, the nature and value of the security, and the position of the ABRLF in relation to the other lenders.  In determining the appropriate security, the following will apply:

    (a)       The Loan Review Committee will generally require a security interest in all assets financed.  Collateralization of additional assets of the borrower may be required at the Loan Review Committee’s option.

    (b)              For loans to corporations or limited liability companies the Loan Review Committee may require the personal guarantee of any owner of stock or membership of the borrower.

    (c)               For loans to closely-held corporations, the Loan Review Committee may require collateralization of selected personal assets of one or more of the shareholders.

    (d)              For loans to individuals, partnerships, or corporations that have affiliated interests and/or identities of ownership with other business entities, the Loan Review Committee may require additional guarantees.

    (e)               For loans to businesses that have a dependence upon specific individuals for their continuing viability, the Loan Review Committee may require an assignment of insurance on the lives of those persons.

    4.5               Subordination. 

    (a)               The Loan Review Committee may allow a subordination of debt and collateral to private institutional lenders where necessary to facilitate the maximum financial participation by the private lenders.

    (b)              The standing of the financing relative to other public or quasi-public lenders will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    (c)               The Loan Review Committee will generally require subordination to financing of the notes payable to any officer, owner, or similarly affiliated party to the borrower where appropriate and feasible.  Such subordination may include subordinate security interests and/or repayment restrictions.

    (d)              The Loan Review Committee will generally require the execution of intercreditor agreements in instances where multiple lenders exist.  The use and form of such agreements shall be the responsibility of the Agency Attorney.

    4.6               Exceptions.  The Loan Review Committee, by a unanimous vote of the committee, may approve exceptions to the policies and criteria stated in this Section 4 where the ABRLF assistance will result in an extraordinary degree of public benefit.  The nature of such public benefit shall be expressed by a member of the Loan Review Committee to the Agency and appear in the Agency’s motion and minutes at the meeting at which the ABRLF assistance is approved.

    Section 5.        APPLICATION PROCESSING

    5.1               Loan Applications.  Application for financing must include all of the information required by the Application form (attached hereto as Appendix A), and any additional information as may be reasonably requested by the Loan Review Committee.

    5.2               Application Fee.  A Two Hundred Fifty and 00/100 ($250.00) Dollar non-refundable application fee shall be paid at the time of submission of applications for financing.

    5.3               Application Processing.  The processing of loan application will be the responsibility of the Agency staff and the Loan Review Committee and will generally consist of the following:

    (a)               Review of applications for completeness and procurement of appropriate additional information.

    (b)              Review for ABRLF program eligibility criteria.

    (c)                 Determine economic feasibility, perform credit analysis, and assess risk.

    (d)       Determine amount and terms of ABRLF financing, including appropriate security.

    5.4               Loan Approval. The Loan Review Committee shall process and review ABRLF applications and present them to the Agency with recommendations for approval or disapproval.  The Agency shall have sole authority to approve loans from the ABRLF.  The application of other appropriate conditions of lending and covenants of the borrower shall be the responsibility of the Agency Attorney with the input from the Agency Chief Executive Officer.

    5.5               Loan Disapproval.

    (a)       Loan applications may be disapproved by the Agency Executive Director based on a lack of application completeness or a failure to meet the eligibility criteria pursuant to Sections 5.3(a) and 5.3(b) hereof respectively.  In such instances, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reason(s) for disapproval.

    (b)              Loan applications may be disapproved at the direction of the Loan Review Committee if the committee determines that ABRLF financing is clearly inappropriate based on the reviews conducted in accordance with Section 5.3(c) hereof.  In such instances, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reason(s) for disapproval.

    (c)               Loan Applications may be disapproved by the Loan Review Committee for any reason or reasons which represent a reasonable determination that the approval of the ABRLF application would not meet the objectives of the ABRLF and/or would not represent an appropriate or prudent use of ABRLF funds.  In such instances, the applicant will be notified in writing of the reason(s) for disapproval.

    Section 6.        POST-APPROVAL PROCESS

    6.1               Commitment Letter.  Within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the Agency’s approval of a loan hereunder, a commitment letter shall be sent to the applicant that includes, at a minimum, the following information:

    (a)                The amount of the loan approved, the applicable interest rate, the term of the loan, the terms or repayment, and the expiration date of the commitment.

    (b)              The required use of the ABRLF loan funds.

    (c)               The ABRLF requirements for collateral and additional security, including guarantees, pledges of assets, stock, membership interest, assignment of life insurance, etc.

    (d)              Summary information regarding employment requirements.

    (e)               Any other conditions of lending.

    (f)                 A listing and explanation of any fees to be charged and other closing costs that will be the responsibility of the borrower.

    (g)              A listing of those conditions and requirements of the borrower that must be fulfilled precedent to a loan closing.

    (h)              Any other information that could reasonably be expected to influence the borrower’s decision to accept the terms of the loan commitment.

    6.2               Loan Closings.  The Agency Attorney shall have the responsibility to prepare and/or require the preparation of all appropriate closing documents.  The borrower shall be required to pay all closing costs incurred by the ABRLF including costs incurred by the ABRLF acting on behalf of the borrower.  The Agency Attorney shall determine the appropriate closing documents to be executed based upon the terms and conditions of the loan approval and standard commercial lending policies.  Such documents shall generally include the following:

    (a)               A loan agreement that includes a description of the loan terms and security, appropriate representations and warranties, the conditions of lending, affirmative and negative covenants – including compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations, requirements regarding employment creation and reporting, default provisions, and any other provisions which may be appropriate.

    (b)              A note or notes to evidence the indebtedness and the terms of repayment.

    (c)               The appropriate documents to evidence and record mortgages, liens, guarantees, and such other security as may be required by the terms of the loan.

    (d)                Other appropriate documents as determined by the Agency Attorney.

    6.3               Security.  The Agency Attorney will be responsible for perfecting all security interests including, where appropriate, the execution of security agreements, the filing of financing statements, the execution and filing of mortgage documents, the execution of guarantees, and any other appropriate actions to adequately protect the ABRLF’s security interest.  Intercreditor agreements should be executed where appropriate to further protect the ABRLF’s interests and to facilitate the processing of defaults and foreclosures.

    6.4         Loan Disbursements.  The disbursement of loan proceeds shall be the responsibility of the

    Agency Chief Executive Officer.  For such disbursement, the following guidelines shall generally apply:

    (a)               Subject to the borrower’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the loan agreement, all documents evidencing and securing the loan, and other guidelines for disbursements as described in this Section 6.4, the ABRLF may disburse loan proceeds upon the borrower’s presentation of vouchers and other such evidence satisfactory to the Agency Chief Executive Officer that represent paid or accrued expenses of the borrower and which are eligible costs as determined by the Agency Chief Executive Officer.

    (b)              Where other debt or equity financing is to be used in conjunction with the ABRLF financing, such debt or equity must, in the option of the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency be firmly committed for such use.  Evidence of the commitment(s) must be submitted by the borrower.

    (c)                 Where other debt or equity financing is to be used in conjunction with the ABRLF financing, the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency will, at his discretion, determine an appropriate draw schedule for ABRLF funding based on such factors as the magnitude of risk assumed by the ABRLF, the nature of the activities being financed and the draw schedule for the other financing.  The manner and terms of the disbursement of the ABRLF financing should normally be included in the approval of the financing by the Loan Review Committee.  However, in instances where the Loan Review Committee has not prescribed a draw schedule, the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency may approve a draw schedule.

    6.5       Fees; Administration.  

    (a)        ABRLF Fee.  The ABRLF Administration Fee to cover administrative expenses associated with ABRLF loans shall be two (2%) percent of the principal amount of the ABRLF.

    (b)       Agency Attorney Fee.  The Agency Attorney shall charge a fee equal to one (1%) percent of the ABRLF plus disbursements.

    Section 7.        LOAN MANAGEMENT

    7.1               Delinquencies.  The Agency Chief Executive Officer will contact the borrower in the event of any delinquency of payment to inform the borrower of the delinquency and to determine if there is a need to procure additional information or to provide technical assistance.  Delinquencies that continue for sixty (60) days will be referred to the Agency Attorney and Loan Review Committee for further action.

    7.2               Default.  The ABRLF is NOT a grant.

    7.3               Compliance Monitoring.  The Chief Executive Officer shall be responsible for monitoring the borrower’s compliance with all of the conditions and covenants of the ABRLF Loan Documents with the exception of the repayment requirements.  Such responsibility shall include taking appropriate actions in the event of non-compliance, informing the Loan Review Committee and Agency Attorney of any incidence of default under the terms and conditions of the loan agreement, and providing file documentation as appropriate.




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