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April 2016 Lending Newsletter

What is the Dollar Range of an SBA 504 Loan Project? 

What is the minimum amount available to borrow using an SBA 504 loan? What is the maximum amount? Are there exceptions? HCDC Vice President of Lending Andy Young answers these questions and more.

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Frank Keane - Eagle Compliance, LLC-SBA 504 Program

Frank Keane – SBA 504 Loan Program Fiscal Agent

Ever Wonder Who Sets the Interest Rates for the SBA 504 Program?

Every month since 1986, SBA 504 loans from around the country have been pooled for purchase by the 504 Loan Program underwriters, with the pool of loans ultimately sold to investors. A key participant in the funding process is the Fiscal Agent, who is responsible for representing the SBA, Certified Development Companies, and borrowers, when obtaining the best available interest rate. The Fiscal Agent since 2012 is Mr. Frank Keane, President and CEO of Eagle Compliance, LLC.

As the Fiscal Agent, Mr. Keane’s duties include:

  • Managing the administration of the monthly issuance of the debenture pools
  • Organizing the marketing and underwriting of the debentures
  • Negotiating the pricing of the monthly debenture pool sales with the underwriters: Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse
  • Confirming proceeds of the sale for distribution to the Central Servicing Agent, Wells Fargo Corporate Trust Services
  • Providing advice to the SBA Office of Financial Assistance on market conditions and the financing of 504 debenture pools, and performing industry research and analysis

The SBA 504 Loan Program has a fixed funding calendar that, as Fiscal Agent, Mr. Keane must follow. The process starts on a Friday when the SBA determines the size of the monthly loan pool. The following Monday, after discussion with the underwriters on market conditions, there is what is called “whisper talk” with potential investors, to gauge whether the suggested rates would trigger a potential debenture purchase. An official announcement regarding pricing is made on Tuesday. The rates are then officially set that Thursday, and debentures are sold to the underwriters the following week.

Mr. Keane has 30+ years’ experience in capital markets trading, risk management, and regulatory compliance. A former director at Merrill Lynch GSI and Managing Director at Banc of America Securities, he also was responsible for underwriting and trading the program’s debt securities for 13 years while at Merrill Lynch.

Going forward, Mr. Keane’s research will be featured in the HCDC Lending Newsletter to provide our readers with a little more information on the market research that goes into the SBA 504 Loan Program.

SBA 504 Program Spotlight: Houdini’s Room Escape is Team Building at Its Finest

Cincinnati’s Houdini's Room Escape Group - SBA 504 Lendingentertainment industry gained a unique venue in July 2015 with the opening of Houdini’s Room Escape in Montgomery. Designed for corporate team building, or just for a fun night with friends, the venue features three live room adventures: being trapped at the top of the Carew Tower, being locked in an infectious disease laboratory, or being sequestered in Houdini’s gaming parlor. These adventures feature puzzles and games that require math, logic, science, and common sense to solve. Groups of three to 12 people get 60 minutes to complete their mission.

Owners John and Peggy Kennedy connected with HCDC and Spring Valley Bank to purchase the building located at 9309 Montgomery Road for Houdini’s Room Escape.

SBA 504 Loan Interest Rates for April:

4.333% at 10 Years
4.311% at 20 Years

SBA Loans Funding in April

Einstein Bros. Bagels 

$1,600,000 Project
$581,000 SBA 504 Loan
Park National Bank

Einstein Bros. Bagels - SBA 504 Loan
Community Concepts, LLC

$686,470 Project 1
$252,000 SBA 504 Loan 1




$690,430 Project 2
$253,000 SBA 504 Loan 2

Both Spring Valley Bank

Project 1

Project 2

HCDC Companies in the News

New Auto Repair Shop to Open in Madisonville

Growing Insurance Agency Moving HQ to Oakley
[Cincinnati Business Courier]

Roehr Building Oakley
Booming Oakley Seen as ‘Hottest Area in Town’
[Cincinnati Business Courier]