Retail Supplier Receives Loan Under SBA Paycheck Protection Program
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Summer Energy Holdings, Inc. (the 'Company') reported in an 8-K that on April 20, 2020, Summer Energy Holdings, Inc., as borrower, received $2,342,300 in loan funding from the Small Business Administration ('SBA') Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'), established pursuant to the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the 'CARES Act').
The unsecured loan (the 'Loan') is evidenced by a promissory note issued by the Company (the 'Note') in favor of Frost Bank (the 'Bank'), as lender.
The Company plans to use the Loan proceeds to cover payroll costs, rent and utilities in accordance with the relevant terms and conditions of the CARES Act.
Under the terms of the Note and the Loan, interest accrues on the outstanding principal at the rate of 1.0% per annum. The term of the Note is two years, unless sooner provided in connection with an event of default under the Note. To the extent the Loan amount is not forgiven under the PPP, the Company is obligated to make equal monthly payments of principal and interest, beginning seven months from the date of the Note, until the maturity date.
The CARES Act and the PPP provide a mechanism for forgiveness of up to the full amount borrowed. Under the PPP, the Company may apply for and be granted forgiveness for all or part of the PPP Loan. The amount of loan proceeds eligible for forgiveness is based on a formula that takes into account a number of factors, including the amount of loan proceeds used by the Company during the eight-week period after the loan origination for certain purposes including payroll costs, interest on certain mortgage obligations, rent payments on certain leases, and certain qualified utility payments, provided that at least 75% of the loan amount is used for eligible payroll costs; the employer maintaining or rehiring employees and maintaining salaries at certain levels; and other factors. Subject to the other requirements and limitations on loan forgiveness, only loan proceeds spent on payroll and other eligible costs during the covered eight-week period will qualify for forgiveness. No assurance is provided that the Company will obtain forgiveness of the Loan in whole or in part.
The Note may be prepaid in part or in full, at any time, without penalty. The Company may prepay 20% or less of the unpaid principal balance of the Note at any time without notice, and may prepay more than 20% of the unpaid principal balance of the Note subject to certain conditions. If any payment on the Note is more than 11 days late, the Bank may charge the Company a late fee of up to $15.00 or 5% of the unpaid portion of the regularly scheduled payment, whichever is greater. The Note provides for certain customary events of default, including (i) failing to make a payment when due under the Note, (ii) failure to do anything required by the Note or any other loan document, (iii) defaults of any other loan with the Bank, (iv) failure to disclose any material fact or make a materially false or misleading representation to the Bank or SBA, (v) default on any loan or agreement with another creditor, if the Bank believes the default may materially affect the Company’s ability to pay the Note, (vi) failure to pay any taxes when due, (vii) becoming the subject of a proceeding under any bankruptcy or insolvency law, having a receiver or liquidator appointed for any part of the Company’s business or property, or making an assignment for the benefit of creditors, (viii) having any adverse change in financial condition or business operation that the Bank believes may materially affect the Company’s ability to pay the Note, (ix) if the Company reorganizes, merges, consolidates, or otherwise changes ownership or business structure without the Bank’s prior written consent, (x) if the Company makes a distribution or disposes of any assets, other than in the ordinary course of business, which would adversely affect the Company’s financial condition, (xi) failing to submit required information to the Bank or has payments on the Loan returned or reversed for any reason, or (xii) becoming the subject of a civil or criminal action that the Bank believes may materially affect the Company’s ability to pay the Note. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, the Bank has customary remedies and may, among other things, require immediate payment of all amounts owed under the Note, collect all amounts owing from the Company, and file suit and obtain judgment against the Company.