The Cares Act 2-How does it help Restaurants?

The Cares Act 2 has some generous provisions to help restaurants. EATS Broker wants to share some great news about the latest $900 billion coronavirus relief bill. The coronavirus relief bill extends and modifies several provisions first enacted in the CARES Act, Congress’s $2.2 trillion pandemic relief law passed in March 2020.

Congress passed the relief bill to provide support to help people and businesses get through the next several months of the pandemic. Most people are aware of $284 billion’s renewed funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide forgivable loans to borrowers. It is essential to note that this bill offers a simplified forgiveness application process for loans up to $150,000.

Dominique Maddox, a Restaurant Broker and Founder of EATS Restaurant Brokers says, “When I reviewed the details of the Cares Act 2, I was most concerned about the benefits to the restaurant industry.

The majority of the population knows about the PPP loans, EIDL Loans, and even the deduction for Business Meals, but many do not know about the 6-months of free payments for SBA loans. The free months of non-payment will help restaurant sales transactions”.

 EATS Broker 3 Key Highlights from the Cares Act 2 Relief Bill

  1. FREE SBA Payments for six months-NO Principal or Interest required

Restaurant buyers purchasing a restaurant between 2/1/2021 and 9/30/2021 with an SBA loan will not have to pay principal or interest for six months. The non-payments are excellent news for restaurant owners that are considering selling their restaurant in 2021. Buyers have a strong incentive to buy a restaurant before the end of September. The waived principal and interest has a limitation of up to $9,000 per month.

For example, the buyer’s monthly SBA loan payment is $10,000 per month. The SBA will waive the first $9,000 owed, and the borrower would be responsible for a $1,000 charge for the first six months. Many of the deals on main street business brokerage will have lower monthly payments than $9,000 per month.

  1. Guarantee Fee Waived

This fee usually ranged from 2.5%-4% of the total loan amount to the buyer. Buyers can now take this savings on the closing cost to help fund their restaurant sales transaction.

  1. SBA Guarantees 90% of the loan amount

The SBA has increased its loan guarantee to banks from 75% to now 90%. Increased SBA loan guarantee is excellent news for restaurant buyers because now banks can take more risk and approve more lending deals.

It’s an incentive filled time to sell a restaurant or buy a restaurant using funds from the banks. EATS Broker are Subject Matter Experts in Restaurant resales. Let us provide you a complimentary Certified Business Valuation; contact us today at [email protected] or 404-993-4448.