The 504 Loan Program provides businesses with financing for major fixed assets such as office buildings, retail buildings, warehouse facilities, machinery, and equipment.
504 loans are financed through a unique public/private partnership that involves your business, Community Business Finance, and typically a bank or other private sector lender. In the 504 loan structure, your business puts up a minimum of 10% of the total funds for a project.
Community Business Finance provides up to 40% or $5 million ($5.5 million in certain circumstances), whichever is lower. The private sector lender provides the balance of the financing. The Community Business Finance portion of the loan is at a fixed rate for a term of 10, 20 or 25 years. The bank portion of the loan is at market rates and terms, negotiated between your small business and the bank.
The Community Business Finance portion of the financing is funded by the sale of a 100% federally-guaranteed debenture on the open market. The 504 Loan Program is a take-out financing program. Community Business Finance offers an upfront commitment to finance a project, and the participating private lender provides interim financing, by advancing up to 90% of the total project funds during the construction/acquisition period. After the project is complete, the proceeds from the debenture sale reimburse or “take out” the participating private lender (by the net debenture amount of the original SBA authorization).
The 504 Loan Program was established by Congress in 1987 to promote economic development in the trade area of a certified development company (CDC). The program's goals are met primarily through projects that create job growth or job retention in local communities. By distributing the amount needed to fund a project between three parties, banks are exposed to less risk and are more likely to approve the loan.