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CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM

"State Small Business Credit Initiative Qualified"

The ADFA Capital Access Program's purpose is to make funds available to borrowers who for various reasons might otherwise have difficulty in obtaining conventional bank loans.

It is specifically designed to be a Non-Bureaucratic process.  A one-page enrollment form and a check for the enrollment fee, is all that is needed to enroll a loan in the program.

Participating lending institutions build an earmarked off-balance sheet loan loss reserve account each time they enroll a loan in the program. A contribution is required to enroll the loan into the program. This contribution is paid by the Borrower (contribution can be financed as part of the loan) and shall not be less than 3% of the loan amount, nor greater than 7% of the loan amount. This contribution is then matched by ADFA for a total of 7.5% of the loan amount (150% of enrollment contribution for the first $1million in loans, after which, ADFA matches Borrower contribution at 100%) as the contribution to a lender's earmarked loan loss reserve account. At a maximum, 7% of the loan amount is paid up-front and matched by ADFA for a total of 17.5% contribution to the loan loss reserve. ADFA owns and controls the reserve, but it is designated for use by the bank and usually held on deposit at that bank.

The loan loss reserve fund is available on a pooled basis to be applied to any of the lenders Capital Access Program loans. The fund is maintained on deposit with the lender, in ADFA's name and invested at ADFA's direction.

The ADFA, as administrator, is not a party to loan transactions and plays no role in underwriting, approving or servicing the loans. This program is structured to be highly non-bureaucratic, while at the same time assuring risk-taking by lenders.

The average processing time for a loan is 3 to 5 days.

As of November 2011, ADFA has enrolled 408 loans into the Capital Access Loan Program, totaling over $17 million.

Also, as of Nobember 2011, only 29 claims have been filed against the reserves of the program.   In all but one of the 29 claims, the balance in the reserve account covered 100% of the net loss recorded by the bank.

This loan program has been a lending incentive for working capital loans for several types of industry within the state, i.e. Agriculture, Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail, Construction, Service.

Of the 5 lenders enrolled, 3 have already exceeded $3 million in loans.   Community First Bank in Harrison signed on to the program in 2002 and made over 30 loans totaling over $800 thousand and a reserve of over $59 thousand. 

SSBCI Qualified:  The SSBCI's main purpose was to establish capital access programs for every state in the nation.  Arkansas has operated a capital access program since 1993.  A portion of the SSBCI allocation is dedicated to the continuation of the Capital Access Program in Arkansas. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this program, contact:

Cami Davis
Development Finance Division
phone:  501-682-5901

or

Bev Lambert - phone: 501-682-5912 or bev.lambert@adfa.arkansas.gov

 

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