This facility is open to investment grade companies and will provide bridge financing of four years. Borrowers may elect to defer interest and principal payments during the first six months of the loan, extendable at the Federal Reserve’s discretion, in order to have additional cash on hand that can be used to pay employees and suppliers.
The Federal Reserve will finance a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to make loans from the PMCCF to companies. The Department of the Treasury, using the Exchange Stabilization Fund, will make an equity investment in the SPV. The PMCCF was established by the Federal Reserve under the authority of Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, with approval of the Treasury Secretary.
Additional information, including more detailed program terms and conditions, will be published as the facility is launched.
On March 24, 2020, the New York Fed retained BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory as a third-party vendor to serve as the investment manager for this facility. BlackRock was selected for this role after considering their expertise with purchasing large amounts of all relevant types of corporate debt issuance and corporate bonds in the secondary market, deep knowledge and substantial experience in the corporate debt markets, and robust operational and technological capabilities.