Comparison of SBA 504 and 7(a) Loan Programs

Issue 504 Loan Program 7(a) Loan Program
Purpose of loan Fixed assets such as owner-occupied real estate; furniture, fixture & equipment; machinery; refinancing existing debts; no working capital Working capital; intangible assets(goodwill, covenant not to compete); inventory purchase
Goal of program Stimulates private sector investment in long term fixed assets; create new jobs; increase and/or stimulate local tax base Capital access – access to capital for businesses that would not qualify elsewhere
Rates and Terms Bank loan: Variable or fixed; must be at least half as long as term of CDC loan

CDC loan: Fixed rate, 10- or 20-year maturity

Variable or fixed; term of up to 25 years depending on use of proceeds
Maximum project amount Bank loan size is unlimited; generally used for projects of $3.75 million to $12 million; $5.5 million for manufacturing; no maximum in total project cost Maximum $5 million guaranteed amount which bank funds
Fees Bank loan: Application fee and construction loan fee (if applicable) vary by bank

CDC loan: Upfront fees of approximately 1.5 percent which are usually financed but temporarily waived currently

Upfront guarantee fee of approximately 2% – 3.75% on guaranteed portion; ongoing fee of 54.5 basis points paid by lender
Bank lien Position Bank has exclusive first lien Bank holds the first lien; with typical 75% guarantee, the lender receives 75% of any proceeds from a liquidation and SBA receives 25%
Loan-to-Value Bank loan: Typically 50%

CDC loan: Maximum of 40%

Maximum of 90%
Qualification Business net worth not to exceed $15 million; average net profit for 2 consecutive years not to exceed $5 million after taxes Depending on the type of business, annual sales of less than $5 million or manufacturing firm of less than 500 employees
Prepayment penalties CDC loan: Penalty is 10% of one year’s interest in the first year,9% next year declining 1% for 10th year 5-3-1 for 3 years