Late on May 5, 2020 the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued another round of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that extended the Safe Harbor Deadline to return Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funds from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020. Significantly, the SBA also confirmed that its rules regarding foreign affiliates are applied to PPP applicants in the same manner as its other programs. Loan applicants should closely review the most updated version of the SBA’s FAQs and talk to their counsel about the best way to proceed.
Safe Harbor Extended from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020
As discussed in a previously, on April 23, 2020 (20 days after applications could first be submitted for PPP loans), the SBA issued FAQ 31 that significantly increased the requirements surrounding an applicant’s certification that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” In the strongly worded FAQ 31, the SBA stated that “[b]orrowers must make this certification in good faith, taking into account their current business activity and their ability to access other sources of liquidity sufficient to support their ongoing operations in a manner that is not significantly detrimental to the business.” Unfortunately, as of the date of this alert, neither the Department of Treasury (Treasury) nor the SBA have issued any further guidance beyond the above sentence to confirm how applicants actually make this determination. On April 28, 2020, the SBA also confirmed that FAQ 31 equally applies to both public and private companies.