Food Venture Financing News - Weekly Issue No. 15
In This Issue:
- PPP Loan Changes
- PPP Forgiveness Applications
- Personal Liability for PPP or EIDL Loans
- Spending Restrictions for EIDL Loans
- SBA EIDL Loan Forgiveness
- Food/Beverage Financing and Marketing Trends
- Links to Relevant Content
PPP Loan Changes
- The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act enacted on June 5th extended the term of PPP Loans from 2 to 5 years.
- The SBA clarified last week that an extended term only applied to PPP Loans originated on or after June 5th; any then-existing loans retained the 2 year term unless the borrower and lender agreed to extend the term.
- If you received a loan prior to June 5th and are interested in an extended term, we recommend contacting your lender as soon as possible.
PPP Forgiveness Applications
- The standard PPP loan forgiveness application can be found here.
- An "EZ" version that requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers that (i) are self-employed and have no employees; or (ii) did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; or (iii) experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent, can be found here.
Personal Liability for PPP or EIDL Loans
- Nearly a quarter of small businesses are considering closing permanently due to COVID-19, one survey found.
- All PPP loans and EIDL loans under $25,000 do not require collateral or personal guarantees from the business or business owner.
- EIDL loans exceeding $200,000 require a personal guarantee.
- PPP and EIDL loans can generally be discharged in bankruptcy under the Small Business Reorganization Act.
Spending Restrictions for EIDL Loans
The following expenses are not eligible uses with the proceeds of an EIDL loan:
- Dividends and bonuses
- Disbursements to owners, except when directly related to performance of services
- Repayment of stockholder/ principal loans
- Expansion of facilities or acquisition of fixed assets
- Repair or replacement of physical damages
- Refinancing long term debt
SBA EIDL Loan Forgiveness
- Forgiveness of an EIDL loan by the SBA is discretionary.
- The SBA does not forgive the debt of businesses that are still in operation.
- The SBA will typically pay off 50-75 percent of EIDL debt to the bank after the bank determines that the borrower is insolvent.
- The SBA may seek to collect the balance due through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), or its Fiscal Service department.
- Any future tax refunds owed to the EIDL borrower by the federal government will be taken to cover EIDL debt to the SBA through the TOP.
- The SBA's Fiscal Service may pursue conventional collection actions for the balance due under an EIDL loan.
Food/Beverage Financing and Marketing Trends
- Large CPG companies have gained in cash efficiency and are more involved in acquiring and investing in emerging food tech companies.
- While valuations overall are down, valuations in the natural foods and supplements sector have been stable and even accelerating for some companies.
- Although the dairy sector has been steadily improving with government assistance, the sector may face hurdles when government aid runs out due to the decreased demand for dairy products.
- Recent studies have found that consumers are more likely to embrace food tech innovation with 58 percent of consumers believing that science and innovation will lead to more sustainable and healthier food products.
- A new report by Credit Suisse states that sales for CPG products have increased by 20 percent compared to 2019, indicating that consumer continue to prepare meals at home.
Links to Relevant Content
- How plant-based food makers have adjusted to the pandemic
- Enko Chem raises $45 million to develop crop protection solutions with AI
- Investing into the Future of Restaurant Tech: Navigating the “New Normal”
- Gates Foundation leads crop protection startup Enko’s $45 million Series B round
- DoorDash nears $16 billion valuation with $400M haul
- Round one goes to Miyoko's in 'plant-based butter' dispute with State of California
- SevenRooms books $50M
- Dairy Quarterly Q2 2020: Waiting for the Dust to Settle
- CPG consumption surges as coronavirus restrictions ease
- People favor new food technology, but they have questions, too
- Global Food Giant Adopts Stakeholder Model To Survive COVID-19 And The Long-Term
- The Food Startup Whisperer: D.C. Accelerator Helps Diverse Group Of Entrepreneurs Launch, Grow And Deal With Covid
Naturally Bay Area Quick Bites: Sales Strategies
Wednesday, July 01, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. PT
- Elliot Begoun: Founder, TIG
- Jim Taschetta: Host, Naturally Bay Area & CMO/Head of Retail Operations, MWG Holdings
Naturally Bay Area Quick Bites: Team Building
Wednesday, July 08 – 12, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PT
• Lisa Curtis: Founder, Kuli Kuli
• Jim Taschetta: Host, Naturally Bay Area & CMO/Head of Retail Operations, MWG Holdings
Naturally Bay Area Webinar: Building Brands In A Diverse & Inclusive World
Thursday, July 9, 4:00 – 5:00 pm PT
Kirk Visola, Founder & Creative Director at MIND THE FONT® (a Black-owned and operated full-service design agency headquartered in the Bay Area) will lead the conversation on the below:
- Brand Design Process: Including considerations regarding justice, equity, diversity & inclusion, and benefits of creating authentic brand propositions.
- Stories from Three Company Founders: Chosen for the MIND THE FONT Empowered Initiative, including what inspired their brands' missions and products.
Submit your questions now to [email protected] so our panel can address your burning thoughts that keep you up at night.
About the MTF Empowered Initiative*
The MTF Empowered Initiative (a program sponsored by MIND THE FONT®) will award three minority-owned or minority community-focused brands a "Brand Design Package" including free brand design (or re-design) work consisting of concept development, logo design, commercial-ready packaging for up to three products, and up to five launch collateral pieces.
NCN Capital Network:
From Insights to "Shelf": How are Emerging Brands Successfully Launching into Market
Wednesday, July 15, 11:00am PDT / 12:00pm MDT / 2:00pm EDT
Presented by: BrandHive | L.E.K. Consulting | SPINS
- Alex Evans, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting
- Edricco Reina, Managing Director, SPINS, LLC
- Andy Yorkin, President, BrandHive
- Mike Dovbish, Executive Director, NCN
At Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT), we are proud to have one of the largest Food & Beverage legal practices in the country, with over 40 attorneys representing food innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors at every level of the food chain, from Farm to Label.
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