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March 2022 SBIC Leverage Pricing Determined

SBIC pool size sets new record of $2,077,850,000 in debentures priced

March 14, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) – The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, today announced that $2,077,850,000 of Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) debentures were priced at an interest rate of 2.938% in the largest pooling in the history of the SBIC Program. The March debentures pricing eclipsed the previous record of $1,360,355,000, which was set last September.

This rate of 2.938% is the new base rate applied to the SBIC leverage drawn between the last pooling in September 2021 and March 8, 2022. This base rate does not include any of the other fees charged by the SBA, such as the annual charge, reserving, or drawing fees. SBIC debentures are non-amortizing, fixed rate notes with no prepayment penalty. The previous pool of debentures priced in September 2021 at 1.304%. The higher rate of this pool is largely a function of a significantly higher 10-Year Treasury rate.

“We’ve just completed the largest pooling in the 64-year history of the program, demonstrating the importance of SBIC capital to American small businesses,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. “With demand for this capital at an all-time high, the SBIC program continues to operate at a zero subsidy and sustain America’s small businesses, helping them recover, grow and drive our economy.”

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About the Small Business Investor Alliance

The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for over 60 years. For more information, visit or call (202) 628-5055.

About Small Business Investment Companies

Small Business Investment Companies are highly regulated, venture capital and private equity funds that invest exclusively in domestic small businesses to help them grow and create American jobs. SBICs pursue investments in a broad range of industries, geographic areas, and stages of investment. Since its inception, the Small Business Investment Company program has facilitated access to patient capital for tens of thousands of small businesses and has created millions of American jobs. The SBIC program is one of the best examples of a public-private partnership, matching federal funding with experienced private investors to support domestic small business growth at zero risk to the American taxpayer.

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