On Sept. 15, 2020, the Small Business Investor Alliance announced that
$685,450,000 of Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) debentures were
priced at an interest rate of 1.034 percent — the lowest interest rate of SBIC
debentures ever, cutting nearly in half from the previous all-time low of 2.051
percent. This price reflects a 38 basis point spread from the 10-year Treasury
rate and a 35 basis point spread from the 10-year mid swaps rate.
This rate of 1.034 percent is the new base rate applied to the SBIC leverage
drawn between the last pooling in March and Sept. 8, 2020. This rate does not
include the annual, reserving or drawing fees. SBIC debentures are
non-amortizing, fixed-rate notes with no prepayment penalty. The base rate does
not include a number of additional fees that the U.S. Small Business
Administration charges SBICs. The previous pool of debentures priced in March
2020 at 2.078 percent, in September 2019 at 2.283 percent and in March 2019 at
The historical pooling is reflected in our
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