Federal regulators are inviting comment on an updated policy statement that addresses: (1) short-term commercial real estate loan accommodations; (2) revisions and additions to examples of CRE loan workouts; and (3) accounting developments for estimating loan losses. (Federal Register, Sept. 15 and GlobeSt, Sept. 19)
Why It Matters
- The Fed’s proposal would build on existing guidance around the need for financial institutions to work prudently and constructively with creditworthy borrowers during times of financial stress.
- The “Policy Statement on Prudent Commercial Real Estate Loan Accommodations and Workouts” was developed jointly by the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in consultation with state bank and credit union regulators.
- The Fed Board aims to update and expand the 2009 federal regulators’ statement on prudent commercial real estate loan workouts for CRE borrowers experiencing diminished operating cash flows, depreciated collateral values, or prolonged delays in selling or renting commercial properties. (FFIEC news release, Oct. 30)
Update & Expand
- This month’s proposed Fed policy reaffirms two key principles from the 2009 statement:
- Financial institutions that implement prudent CRE loan accommodation and workout arrangements—after performing a comprehensive review of a borrower's financial condition—will not be subject to criticism for engaging in these efforts, even if these arrangements result in modified loans that have weaknesses that result in adverse credit classification.
- Modified loans to borrowers—who have the ability to repay their debts according to reasonable terms—will not be subject to adverse classification solely because the value of the underlying collateral has declined to an amount that is less than the loan balance.
- If finalized, the proposed statement would supersede the 2009 statement for all supervised financial institutions. The proposal would also revise language to incorporate current industry terminology and include updated references to other federal supervisory guidance.
The Roundtable’s Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee (RECPAC) plans to work on comments, which are due by November 14, 2022.
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