As banks saw increased competition for commercial & industrial lending, credit standards began to ease in the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve. Of the senior loan officers surveyed in July, 12.5% indicated a relative easing of credit on large and middle-market borrowers (revenues in excess of $50 million), and 14.5% indicated a relative easing of credit for smaller firms, the first time credit standards have eased for small firms since 2006.
Banks in and around Boston have money to lend and are looking for deals. Interest rates on revolving lines of credit are currently pricing at LIBOR + 350 for commitments of $2 million to $10 million, and as low as LIBOR +175 for larger deals.
There were not a lot of positive signals from the lenders gathered this morning at the Langham Hotel in Boston for TMA’s annual “Asset-Based Lending Panel”.