SBIC Debentures Issued at New Historically Low Interest Rate of 2.877%

October 5, 2011

On September 21, 2011, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed pricing on $558,685,000 in pooling of SBA debentures with a coupon rate of 2.877%. This is the lowest pricing on SBA-pooled debentures in more than 50 years of the SBA Program, and follows on the previous all-time low September 2010 issuance of $563 million at 3.215%.

The pricing of the pool is a critical component to the cost of funds used by SBIC Funds. Once pooled, the interest rate on the SBA debentures becomes fixed for a 10-year period. The SBIC Fund is only responsible for a semi-annual interest-only payment on the SBA debentures until the SBA debentures are repaid. The SBA debentures must be repaid within 10 years. In addition, there are no pre-payment penalties.

The September 2011 pool included 261 separate issuances to 49 SBIC Funds located in the United States. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as the underwriters.

The historical pooling information is reflected in our chart (click to view).

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