Ex-Im Bank Announces $450 Million for Supply Chain Finance Program With JPMorgan Chase to Support U.S. Small Business and Other Suppliers to Caterpillar Inc.By Export-import Bank Of The United States, PRNE
Monday, March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) today announced
the second transaction under its new Supply Chain Finance Guarantee - a 90
percent guarantee to support up to $450 million of liquidity from JPMorgan
Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMorgan) to small and medium-sized suppliers of
Caterpillar Inc., headquartered in Peoria, Ill.
Ex-Im Bank developed the supply chain finance guarantee in response to
the needs of small businesses and President Obama's National Export
Initiative. The Ex-Im Bank supply chain financing guarantee, offered to
lenders, benefits U.S. exporters and their small- and medium-sized business
suppliers through accounts receivable financing. It is designed to inject
liquidity in the marketplace and provide suppliers with access to capital.
The supply chain finance guarantee is intended to enable JPMorgan to
increase its purchases of accounts receivable owned by U.S. suppliers and due
from Caterpillar and which are related to purchases of goods and services by
Caterpillar for its export-related production. This program is designed to
help qualified Caterpillar suppliers obtain cash more quickly and increase
liquidity to fulfill new orders. Exporters have the option to extend payment
terms and obtain a working capital benefit without imposing undue financial
hardship on their suppliers.
"Our supply chain finance guarantee is an innovative product that
provides liquidity and strengthens the U.S. export supply chain to help
create and maintain jobs, especially for small-business suppliers. We're
pleased that JPMorgan was the first lender to sign the master guarantee
agreement for this program, which in this case will support qualified U.S.
suppliers of Caterpillar," Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg
"We are proud to have the opportunity to build upon our existing supply
chain finance program with Caterpillar by working with Ex-Im Bank to provide
additional financial capacity to Caterpillar's qualified U.S. suppliers.
Caterpillar's suppliers are currently seeing cash flow improvements and
working capital benefits as a result of discounting their accounts
receivables in exchange for faster payment," said Dani Cotti, Global Trade
Executive, J.P. Morgan Treasury Services. "It was our pleasure to share our
extensive supply chain finance experience to help Ex-Im develop the Supply
Chain Finance Guarantee Program."
To participate in the Ex-Im Bank program, approved lenders must have an
existing supply chain finance program. The Bank requires that at least 50
percent of the credit provided under the program be extended to suppliers
meeting the small-business definition of the Small Business Administration by
the end of the 12-month term. The accounts receivable to be guaranteed must
meet certain requirements, including U.S. content requirements related to the
end-use products to be exported.
About Ex-Im Bank:
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and
maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private sector export financing at no
cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of financing
products, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance, and
financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. capital goods and services.
By charging fees and interest on all loan related transactions, Ex-Im
Bank is self-sustaining. It is able to cover all operation costs and
potential losses while also producing revenue. The Bank has generated $3.4
billion for U.S. taxpayers over the past 5 years.
In fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank authorized a record high of approximately
$24.5 billion in loans, guarantees and insurance (including more than $5
billion in authorizations for small businesses), supporting an estimated
230,000 American jobs. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, the Bank
approved $8 billion in total financing authorizations, supporting nearly $9.3
billion in export sales. The sales in turn support approximately 66,000
American jobs in communities across the country. For more information about
Ex-Im Bank visit www.exim.gov.
Phil Cogan of Ex-Im Bank, +1-202-565-3200
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