Federal Reserve Board Announces Expansion of Municipal Liquidity Facility

 

On April 27, the Federal Reserve released an updated Term Sheet and FAQs expanding the scope and duration of its Municipal Liquidity Facility. Among other changes, the updated Term Sheet provides that eligible notes must have less than 36 months maturity (previously 24 months) and eligible issuers include counties with at least 500,000 residents and cities with at least 250,000 residents (previously 2 million and 1 million). The Federal Reserve also extended the program’s termination date by three months to December 31. Release. Updated Term Sheet. FAQs.

FHFA to Allow FHLBanks to Accept PPP Loans as Collateral for Member Advances

 

On April 23, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a supervisory letter addressed to Federal Home Loan Banks’ (“FHLBanks”) presidents advising them that FHLBanks may accept Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans as collateral for advances made to member banks, subject to certain member-related conditions and loan-related discounts, caps and limits. Release. Supervisory Letter.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On April 27, KBRA published a report titled Public Finance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Municipal Issuers’ Virus-Related Voluntary Disclosures Trend Up. Report.

On April 21, Moody’s published its revised approach to rating U.S. RMBS using the MILAN Framework. Methodology.

On April 20, KBRA published a report titled Public Finance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sales Tax Bonds Under Surveillance. Report.

On April 17, S&P published its revised methodology and assumptions for rating U.S. RMBS issued in 2009 or later. Methodology.

On April 16, KBRA published a report titled CMBS: Coronavirus (COVID-19): CRE Recovery Clues From the Great Recession and China. Report.

On April 15, KBRA published a report titled Public Finance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Fed Provides Vital Assistance to State and Local Governments. Report.

On April 15, Fitch published an article titled Exposure Draft: U.S. RMBS Coronavirus-Related Analytical Assumptions. Criteria.

On April 15, DBRS Morningstar published its methodology for Currency Stresses for Global Structured Finance Transactions. Methodology.

On April 14, Moody’s published its methodology for Fleet Lease Securitizations. Methodology.

On April 13, DBRS Morningstar published its methodology for Rating Structured Aircraft Transactions. Methodology.

On April 10, Moody’s published its methodology for Reverse Mortgage Securitizations. Methodology.

On April 10, Moody’s published its methodology for Resecuritizations. Methodology.

On April 10, Fitch published its criteria for CMBS Large Loan Rating. Criteria.

Federal Reserve Announces its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility is Fully Operational and Available to Provide Liquidity to Eligible Financial Institutions

 

On April 16, the Federal Reserve announced that its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility is fully operational and available to provide liquidity to eligible financial institutions, which will help support small businesses. The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, guarantees loans extended by qualified lenders to small businesses so that those businesses can keep workers employed. Release.

Interim Final Rule and Interagency Statement for Real Estate-Related Financial Transactions Affected by the Coronavirus

 

On April 14, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced an interim final rule that allows financial institutions to defer completion of appraisals and evaluations after the closing of certain residential and commercial real estate transactions. The deferrals provide flexibility for completing appraisals and evaluations to help financial institutions meet the immediate liquidity needs of borrowers during the coronavirus emergency. The interim final rule authorizes deferrals of appraisals and evaluations for all residential and commercial real estate transactions, except for transactions involving the acquisition, development, and construction of real estate, allows a bank up to 120 days from the closing of a transaction to obtain the appraisal or evaluation required under the appraisal regulations, and authorizes deferrals until December 31, 2020, when the interim final rule terminates. Bulletin.

Federal Bank Regulators Issue Interim Final Rule for Paycheck Protection Program Facility

 

On April 9, the federal bank regulatory agencies today announced an interim final rule to encourage lending to small businesses through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The interim final rule modifies the agencies’ capital rules to neutralize the regulatory capital effects of participating in the Federal Reserve’s PPP facility because there is no credit or market risk in association with PPP loans pledged to the facility. Consistent with the agencies’ current capital rules and the CARES Act requirements, the interim final rule also clarifies that a zero percent risk weight applies to loans covered by the PPP for capital purposes. The rule is effective immediately. Release.

Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Announce Main Street Business Lending Program and a Municipal Liquidity Facility

 

On April 9, the Treasury and Federal Reserve Board announced the establishment of the Main Street Business Lending Program and a Municipal Liquidity Facility. The Main Street Business Lending Program will enable up to $600 billion in new financing for businesses with up to 10,000 employees or $2.5 billion in 2019 annual revenues. The Municipal Liquidity Facility will provide up to $500 billion in direct financing to states, counties and cities. States, counties and cities will be able to sell new municipal notes directly to the Municipal Liquidity Facility to obtain the funds they need. Release.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On April 3, Moody’s published its Operating Company Securitizations. Methodology.

On April 3, KBRA published a report titled CMBS: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Multifamily Update – Bracing for Forbearance. Report.

On April 2, KBRA published a report titled Structured Credit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): KBRA U.S. BSL CLO Rating Sensitivity Analysis. Report.

On April 1, DBRS Morningstar published its U.S. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Model and Ratings. Methodology.

On March 31, DBRS Morningstar published its U.S. ABS General Ratings. Methodology.

Treasury Releases Guidance on Payroll Support and Loans Pursuant to CARES Act

 

On March 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published guidance related to the CARES Act. The guidelines and application procedures published focus on payroll support for air carriers and requirements for loans to air carriers and other eligible businesses under the CARES Act. Release.