As a best practice, 1st REM/UCC lenders must include the following information in their commitment letter for a 504 project:
- The physical address of the 504 project property;
- All collateral to be required by the 1st REM/UCC lender, including guarantors and assignment of life insurance, if any;
- The actual dollar amount of the 1st REM/UCC loan, not just the percentage amount; and
- The interest rate for the entire term of the 1st REM/UCC loan, not just the initial rate.
Providing this information in the bank commitment letter (see sample provided below) will assist SBA and 6 Bridges Capital Corporation (6BCC) with providing both the bank and applicant with a quicker approval process.
Sample Bank Letter of Commitment
SBA 504 Loan Product
Name of 6BCC contact
Six Bridges Capital Corporation
200 River Market Avenue, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
RE: Name of Operating Company Applicant
Address, City, State
Dear [name of 6BCC contact]:
[Insert Name of Lender] has reviewed the borrower’s application for a $ [insert total project amount] loan for full project financing for the [insert project components such as purchase, improvements, construction] of the [real estate and/or equipment] located at [insert address, city, state]. This Bank is not in a position to meet the borrower’s request for full project financing at this time as [insert reason, such as, “the loan maturity exceeds our credit policy”]. To the best of our knowledge, financing of the total project cost is not available at interest rates and terms prevalent in our community.
[Insert Name of Lender], however, is willing to participate with Six Bridges Capital Corporation in the SBA 504 loan product to benefit [Insert Name of applicant].In this connection, the Bank’s $[insert amount of TPL loan] [insert % of Project Cost] would have an interest rate of [insert complete interest rate, not just the initial rate]. The note will be for a term of [insert term] to be amortized over [insert amortization period].
The project is located at [physical address of project property]. The bank commitment is contingent upon the collateral and guarantors listed below:
List third party lender collateral requirements
List guarantors for third party lender loan and any assignment of life insurance
In addition, [Insert Name of Lender], is willing to provide an interim loan in the amount of $ [insert amount of interim loan] [insert % of the Project Cost] to be repaid from the proceeds of the debenture sale. This interim loan is to be secured by a [insert lien position] on the subject real estate. In addition, the SBA approval of this loan is conditioned upon the receipt by SBA from Bank of a one-time participation fee equal to one-half of one percent of the principal amount of the Bank loan attributable to the 504 project that is senior to SBA. [Optional: This is conditioned on the final Bank approval as well as the approval by the Small Business Administration.]
Name of Lending Official