A Few Points How COVID Has Changed Commercial Lending

October 2020

Below are some brief points regarding how commercial lending has changed the past few months due to COVID as well as some general facts regarding the industry and small business in general. I am putting the information in simple bullet points due to the information covering many subjects.

  • The few dozen lenders JCF works directly with fall into one of 3 categories.
    1. Have paused taking applications entirely.
    2. Have tightened up on underwriting guidelines.
    3. No changes whatsoever.
  • Lenders definitely look at industries differently. For example, a restaurant would go through much more scrutiny while an excavation company is pretty much business as usual.
  • Working Capital loans have been virtually non-existent. This has caused me to search for another lender offering Working Capital which I have now recently partnered with.
  • If your business has taken out a payroll protection plan (PPP) there are still no processes in place to begin repayment. General consensus is that Congress will eventually forgive all loans under $150,000.
  • It is this time of year where businesses begin to consider making some ‘end of the year’ equipment purchases to take advantage of IRS Code Section 179. (This allows 100% write-off of equipment put in use by end of the year 2020)
  • Most lenders still have programs set up for businesses to ‘pause’ their payments if there is a hardship. With the industries that JCF mostly services I have seen very few examples of this service needed.

In Summary, the blue-collar self-employed industries are faring very well as interest in financing and funding loans has not dipped outside of April and May. The services the majority of my client's offer are deemed essential. From logging, to trucking, to excavation, landscaping farming, and more. All in all, I feel the self-employed ranks have become a closer-knit community then before and I am proud to help in any way I can.

Have a great October!


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