2011 Hawaii Code
155. Agricultural Loans
§155-5.5 Loans guaranteed by the department.

HI Rev Stat § 155-5.5 (2011 through Reg Sess) What's This?

§155-5.5 Loans guaranteed by the department. (a) The department of agriculture may guarantee up to ninety per cent of the principal balance of a loan, plus interest due thereon, made to a qualified farmer, qualified food manufacturer, or cooperative by a private lender; provided that at no time shall the aggregate amount of the State's liability, contingent or otherwise, on loans guaranteed under this section and sections 155-5, 155-6, and 155-6.5 exceed $10,000,000.

(b) Loans guaranteed under this section shall be limited by the provisions of sections 155-9 through 155-13 for purposes of classes "A", "B", "C", and "E"; provided that class "E" loans to food manufacturers shall not be subject to section 155-10. No class "D" and "F" loans shall be made under this section.

(c) Loans made under this section shall not be subject to the restrictions in section 155-3.

(d) Interest charged on a guaranteed loan made under this section shall not be more than two percentage points above the prime rate charged by the lender.

(e) When the application for a guaranteed loan has been approved by the department, the department shall issue to the lender a guaranty for that percentage of the loan on which it guarantees payment of principal and interest. The lender shall collect all payments from the borrower and otherwise service the loan.

(f) In return for the department's guaranty, the lender shall remit a one-time insurance fee of two per cent on the principal amount of the guaranteed portion of the loan, at the time the loan is booked, except that for the following loans a reduced fee of one per cent shall be paid:

(1) Loans of $75,000 or less with a maturity exceeding twelve months;

(2) All guaranteed loans with a maturity of twelve months or less.

This fee may be paid by the borrower as a cost for the loan.

(g) When any installment of principal and interest has been due for sixty days and has not been paid by the borrower, the department shall issue, on request of the lender, a check for the percentage of the overdue payment guaranteed, thereby acquiring a division of interest in the collateral pledged by the borrower in proportion to the amount of the payment. The department shall be reimbursed for any amounts so paid plus interest at the applicable rate, where payment is collected from the borrower.

(h) Under conditions specified in department rules, the lender may request that a portion or all of the guaranteed percentage of the principal balance of the loan be converted to a participating share held by the department subject to section 155-6.

(i) Should the lender deem that foreclosure proceedings are necessary to collect moneys due from the borrower, it shall so notify the department. Within thirty days of the notification, the department may elect to request an assignment of the loan on payment in full to the lender of the principal balance and interest due. Foreclosure proceedings shall be held in abeyance in the interim.

(j) The lender may reduce the percentage of the principal balance guaranteed under this section at any time. [L 1999, c 148, §2; am L 2000, c 51, §6]

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