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THE SITUATION: BUSINESS ACQUISITION HASSLE WITH TWO PRIOR BANKS

Two owners of a well-established truck repair and service company in Georgia wanted to retire, however, they also wanted to ensure their business continued on. Fortunately, the owners found the perfect buyer for their business to maintain its long-term profitability, longevity, and their legacy. Sadly, the owners and buyer ran into problems along the way initially trying to get the deal done.

Unfulfilled Promises

Two financial institutions previously made promises to the sellers and buyer that they could not deliver, causing frustration and delay for all parties.

Collateral Shortfall

Appraised value of two real estate properties did not match expectations, which complicated the collateral requirements of the loan.

Tornado Destruction

Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, tornadoes devastated most of the buyer’s town, causing delays reconnecting electricity, internet, and water. The dual disasters complicated securing third-party documents, document preparation, and closing.

THE SOLUTION: A MULTI-MILLION 7(A) SBA LOAN FROM FIRST BUSINESS BANK

First Business Bank, an SBA-designated Preferred Lending Partner, was able to provide a 7(a) loan totaling $3,999,000, including the acquisition of the business, equipment, and real estate of both properties.

Reliability

First Business Bank followed through with its initially stated terms and even lowered the interest rate by 0.50%.

Flexibility

First Business Bank allowed the modifications of the seller note to make up for the collateral shortfall.

Consideration

First Business Bank’s closing and credit teams communicated frequently, set expectations, and remained flexible to close on the borrower’s and sellers’ preferred date and time.

"It truly was a team effort throughout this loan approval and closure to get it done. It took REMARKABLE DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION to get this to the finish line and it could not have happened without everyone’s help. I’m very proud of how we worked with the sellers and buyer to make this happen!

— Jeff Smith, Senior SBA Business Development Officer, First Business Bank

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