The SBA 504 Loan Program

The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing to help small businesses expand by acquiring land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The loans are administered by Certified Development Companies such as Amplio in conjunction with commercial lending institutions.

In exchange for attractive long-term, fixed-rate financing, the SBA expects that its small business loan recipients will continue to expand, create and retain jobs, thereby benefiting the surrounding businesses and communities. The SBA 504 loan program is an economic development stimulus package designed for Main Street America!

SBA 504 Loan Features & Benefits

For Small Business Customers

Low down paymentBorrowers typically fund 10% of the project cost, which preserves working capital for business expansion. Start-up projects or specialized purpose facilities require more equity.
Loan sizeUp to $5 million. Manufacturing companies with specific NAICS codes can obtain up to $5.5 million in SBA funds, as can companies meeting certain environmental or energy efficiency goals.
Fixed interest rateHelps minimize cash flow crunch that companies face during an expansion mode.
10, 20 or 25-year loan termsKeep monthly debt service affordable and constant, plus peace of mind knowing payments will not increase in the future.

For Lenders

Reduced riskThe bank lends 50% of the project cost as the first mortgage lender. The SBA 504 loan program funds 40% of the project cost in a second mortgage position, and the borrower provides 10% cash or land equity.
Alternative optionThe low down payment makes SBA 504 financing possible even if conventional financing is not an option.
Commitment to business growthSBA 504 loans are another way lenders can help their small business customers expand and grow.

SBA 504 Loan Structure

Amplio works with the SBA to provide up to 40% of the total project cost. The participating lender normally finances at least 50% of the cost. The borrower typically puts down as little as 10% of the total project cost.

%Project CostSource of FundsInterest Rate
50%$1,250,000Private LenderFixed or Variable
10%*$250,000Business Borrower
*Start-up AND/OR Special Purpose Building may require a higher percentage of equity. Costs do not include fees.

Why Is An SBA 504 Loan The Right Choice For Commercial Lending?

Compared to a 7(a) loan, an SBA 504 loan offers:

  • A fixed rate of interest
  • Lower fees, upfront and during the life of the loan
  • Huge cost savings, especially in a rising-interest rate environment
SBA 504 and 7(a) Loan Comparison
CDC 504 Debenture Loan Bank 7(a) Loan
*including bank closing costs
Total cash savings calculated using the assumption that the prime interest rate remains at the current level. An increase in the prime interest rate would substantially increase the total cash savings.

The above is our best estimate with the information that is currently available.

SBA 504 (net) $400,000 40.00%
Bank $500,000 50.00% $900,000 90%
Down Payment $100,000 10.00% $100,000 10%
Total Project $1,000,000 100% $1,000,000 100%
Bank Debenture Total Bank
Loan Amount $500,000 $400,000 $900,000 $900,000
Interest Rate 6.0000% 5.2500% 6.00%
Years Amortized 20.0 / 20.0 20.0 25.0
Bank Points
SBA Guaranty Fee
CDC Process Fee $6,000
CDC/SBA Legal Fee $2,000
SBA Guarantee Fee $2,000
Funding Fee $1,000
Underwriter Fee $1,652
Other Fees
Total Fees $2,500 $12,652 $15,152 $28,125
Total Loan Amount $502,500 $413,000 $915,500 $928,125
Monthly Payment $3,600.07 $3,079.22 $6,679.28 $5,979.92
Effective Interest Rate 6.00% 5.25% FIXED 5.62% 6.00% FLOATING
Total Principle and Interest $756,278 $739,012 $1,495,290 $1,739,977
Cash Down* $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Total Cash $1,595,290 $1,893,977
Total Cash Savings $298,687

What role does Amplio play in an SBA 504 loan?

Amplio is the liaison with the SBA, helping lenders and borrowers through the paperwork and approval process. We structure the project, prepare loan documentation and monitor the whole project through closing. We also service all aspects of the SBA 504 loan for the entire term of the loan. We have earned the reputation for being ethical, efficient, and totally committed to customer service.

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