Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility: Terms and Conditions1
|Effective May 19, 2009
General Terms and Conditions
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed) will make up to $200 billion of loans under the TALF. TALF loans will have a term of three years or, in certain cases, five years; will be non-recourse to the borrower; and will be fully secured by eligible ABS. The U.S. Treasury Department will provide $20 billion of credit protection to the Federal Reserve in connection with the TALF, as described below.
All or substantially all of the credit exposures underlying eligible ABS must be exposures that are both (1) originated by U.S.-organized entities or institutions or U.S. branches or agencies of foreign banks and (2) made to U.S.-domiciled obligors or with respect to real property located in the United States or one of its territories. The underlying credit exposures of eligible ABS must be auto loans, student loans, credit card loans, equipment loans, floorplan loans, insurance premium finance loans, small business loans fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by the U.S. Small Business Administration, receivables related to residential mortgage servicing advances (servicing advance receivables) or commercial mortgage loans.
The set of permissible underlying credit exposures of eligible ABS may be expanded later to include non-Agency residential mortgages and/or other asset classes.
Eligible collateral for a particular borrower must not be backed by loans originated or securitized by the borrower or by an affiliate of the borrower. A borrower, however, is not restricted from using an SBA Pool Certificate or Development Company Participation Certificate as collateral for its TALF loan even if the underlying loans backing the SBA ABS were originated by such borrower or its affiliates, provided that the borrower has no knowledge that the loans were originated by it or its affiliates. A borrower, in all cases, is not permitted to collateralize a TALF loan with ABS that was securitized by the borrower or by an affiliate of the borrower.
An ABS with a redemption option (other than pursuant to a customary clean-up call) is not eligible as collateral unless the ABS issuer has received acceptance of such redemption option from the New York Fed.
Further information on eligibility requirements for each category of ABS is provided below.
Transaction Structure and Pricing
TALF loans will be pre-payable in whole or in part at the option of the borrower, but substitution of collateral during the term of the loan generally will not be allowed. Unless otherwise provided in the Master Loan and Security Agreement “(MLSA),” any remittance of principal on eligible collateral must be used immediately to reduce the principal amount of the TALF loan in proportion to the loan’s haircut (e.g., if the haircut ratio was 10 percent, 90 percent of any remittance of principal must immediately be repaid to the New York Fed). In addition, for collateral priced at a premium to par the borrower will make an additional principal payment calculated to adjust for the average reversion of market value toward par value as the ABS matures. Also, for five-year TALF loans (which will be available for loans secured by SBA Pool Certificates, SBA Development Company Participation Certificates or ABS backed by student loans or commercial mortgage loans), the excess of Certificate or ABS interest distributions over TALF loan interest payable will be remitted to the TALF borrower only until such excess equals 25% per annum of the haircut amount in the first three loan years, 10% in the fourth loan year, and 5% in the fifth loan year, and the remainder of such excess will be applied to TALF loan principal.
The New York Fed will assess an administrative fee equal to 5 basis points of the loan amount on the settlement date of each loan transaction.
Further information on transaction structure and pricing for TALF loans secured by each category of ABS is provided below and in the MLSA.
The New York Fed reserves the right to reject any request for a loan, in whole or in part, in its discretion. In this regard, the New York Fed is developing and implementing procedures to identify for further scrutiny potentially high-risk ABS that a borrower proposes to pledge to the New York Fed under the TALF.
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