DATE: November 29, 2000
SUBJECT: New Usury Exemptions
Two new usury exemptions are created by Section 25118 of the Corporations Code which was added by Assembly Bill 244 (Chapter 468).
Since the application of these exemptions depends on factors which we will normally not have available to us, the issuance of a usury endorsement based on these exemptions is expected to be very difficult and approval of the Regional Legal Department is required.
Both exemptions apply ONLY IF the following three criteria are met:
New exemption No. 1:
The borrower or guarantor has total assets of at least $2,000,000 based on a financial statement which is not more than 90 days old and which was prepared BOTH in accordance with GAAP and Securities and Exchange Commission rules (even if the transaction is not subject to SEC rules).
New exemption No. 2
The loan is, basically, for at least $300,000.