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2 Contents Working Capital Scheme 1 Trade Credit Insurance Scheme 3 Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme 6 Capital for Enterprise Fund 9 Automotive Assistance Programme 12 Vehicle Scrappage Scheme 14 All performance and cost information correct at 31 December 2009 Design and Production by NAO Marketing & Communications Team DP Ref:
3 Support to business during a recession 1 Working Capital Scheme When did it start? Why is it needed? What options were considered? What is it meant to do? How does it work? Which businesses are eligible? The scheme was announced on 14 January The Department entered into an Agreement with two participating banks on 1 April The first guarantees were provided on 30 April Banks were unable to offer sufficient funding to viable businesses, particularly short-term working capital. The Pre-Budget Report 2008 included the option of providing working capital solely to exporting businesses. The Working Capital Scheme evolved from this with a wider remit and larger guarantee limit, recognising that non-exporting businesses were also affected. The Scheme guarantees a bank s exposure to loans to businesses, releasing new regulatory capital and therefore allowing them to increase working capital facilities to businesses. The Department provides banks with a guarantee of up to 50 per cent of the risk on existing and new working capital portfolios. The Scheme is directed at banks, not businesses. Only bank portfolios that fall within a specific credit risk range are eligible for the guarantee. Two banks participate. Businesses themselves do not apply for guarantees. The Scheme s exposure to any one company or group (across all portfolios) is limited to 25 million and no more than 10 per cent of the guaranteed amount can be lent to any single industry sector (with exceptions). Loans are restricted to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with annual turnover of less than 500 million. What are the key measures of success? The Department measures Scheme success through new lending; Scheme break-even and compliance with Treasury financial limits; effective portfolio management; prompt payments and fees; and stakeholder management.
4 2 Support to business during a recession How is it performing? The Scheme is guaranteeing portfolios of a lower risk than was expected. Because this means less regulatory capital is released, the Scheme is delivering a significantly lower amount of extra capacity for new lending. Uptake (at 2.2 billion) is lower than the initial 20 billion announcement. This is in part due to the involvement of a smaller number of banks than had been anticipated. How much has been spent? What is the potential taxpayer exposure? The Department has made guarantees under two tranches, Tranche 1 in April 2009 with Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, and Tranche 2 in July 2009 with Lloyds Banking Group. By the end of December 2009, the Department had provided participating banks with 2.2 billion in guarantees. Overall, the Scheme can guarantee up to 10 billion worth of existing loan facilities. The Scheme was designed to comply with the Treasury s requirement that it should be priced to break-even with a high degree of confidence, with 90 per cent probability that losses would not exceed 225 million. A provision was initially made to cover such losses. At 31 December 2009, exposure was 1.5 billion. Return to the taxpayer? The Scheme is designed to break even and it had produced enough revenue by June 2009 to cover set-up and administration costs. The Scheme guarantees portfolios with relatively good credit ratings, protecting the interests of the taxpayer. What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? Who is delivering it? Changes to the scheme since the initial launch Since guarantees apply to portfolios of working capital loans with less than 12 months to maturity, the latest date at which guarantees could apply is March The Department has overall responsibility for the Scheme. The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) has day-to-day responsibility for monitoring portfolios submitted by banks and for risk assessment. Consultants provide legal, consultancy and IT support. It is delivered in conjunction with two banks: Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland. No rule changes.
5 Support to business during a recession 3 Trade Credit Insurance Scheme When did it start? Why is it needed? What options were considered? It was announced on 22 April 2009 and started running on 1 May Businesses which had trade credit insurance cover to protect against the risk of default by customers were having their cover withdrawn or reduced due to the rise in the number of businesses defaulting. Other interventions which were rejected were: An indirect intervention by applying pressure elsewhere in the financial system: Bespoke insurance for specific companies; and Re-insurance to protect insurers from large losses. What is it meant to do? The objectives were to: restore confidence in business-to-business transactions; reduce disruption to finance flows and financial pressures on supply chains; and create time for companies to respond effectively to increased risks in their supply chain. How does it work? The Scheme was designed to provide top-up where insurance cover has been reduced, not where it has been removed entirely. The top-up is never more than what the insurer is still covering and the insurer covers the first loss. Policies under the scheme expire after six months. Businesses have to apply within 30 days from when their cover is reduced and are charged a premium by Government and the insurer. Which businesses are eligible? Eligible businesses are UK established and use trade credit insurance as part of their normal business operating model. They must have an underlying policy in place at least 30 days before cover was reduced. Top-up cover is limited to 1 million per supplier-buyer relationship and for a maximum of six months following a reduction in cover by credit insurers.
6 4 Support to business during a recession What are the key measures of success? Scheme success criteria: Policyholder access; Supply chain benefits; Stakeholder communication; Managing financial risks; and Operational effectiveness. How is it performing? At 31 December 2009: 109 policies have been written and re-insured, for a total value of 18.6 million; 20 policies have been cancelled because insurers pulled the cover entirely. In some of the cases there was partial refunding of the premium; one claim on a policy that was cancelled; and 20 policies have expired. How much has been spent? What is the potential taxpayer exposure? Return to the taxpayer? What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? Who is delivering it? The Scheme has paid one claim of 81,000. Policies issued total 18.6 million. Announced as providing up to 5 billion of support through insurance, the Scheme was designed to break-even with a high degree of probability. Credit insurers take the first loss (thereby having an incentive to minimise overall exposure). The Scheme was designed to break-even; therefore the intention is that there will be no cost to the taxpayer. The Scheme closed on 31 December 2009 as planned: all insurance policies provided under the scheme expire after six months. A team within the Department has overall responsibility. There is a steering group with members of the Department, Treasury, Export Credits Guarantee Department, and consultants. The main UK trade credit insurers are members of the Scheme.
7 Support to business during a recession 5 Changes to the scheme since the initial launch June 2009 Eligibility was backdated to include suppliers who had their cover reduced since 1 October August 2009 The requirement to apply within 30 days of the reduction in cover was removed; Premium was decreased from 2 per cent to 1 per cent; Upper limit was raised from 1 million to 2 million; and Lower limit of 20,000 was removed. Any similar schemes internationally? A similar scheme was launched in France in November 2008.
8 6 Support to business during a recession Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme When did it start running? Why is it needed? What options were considered? The Scheme was announced in the Pre-Budget Report in November 2008 and started running on 14 January It is a redesign of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG) scheme. To improve problems around SMEs access to short-term finance and prevent viable businesses from closing. Policy appraisal initially focused on extending SFLG (e.g. with increased guarantee levels, or making larger firms eligible) but the Department decided more substantive changes were required including: Working capital loans; Conversion of overdraft facilities to loans; and Expansion of overdraft facility. It also targeted support on marginal businesses that were previously viable but due to the credit crunch were no longer able to raise finance. What is it meant to do? How does it work? Increase bank lending to viable businesses, which are unable to access commercial lending due to lack of sufficient security or financial track record, during the recession. Businesses apply to participating lenders for loans of 1,000 to 1 million and three month to 10-year duration. Lenders decide whether a business is eligible. The Department guarantees 75 per cent of the loan. The guarantee will fund working capital and investment by businesses seeking to grow. The guarantee covers new term loans; existing lending (where lenders might not otherwise refinance the debt); conversion of part or all of an existing overdraft into a term loan; invoice finance facilities; and new or increased overdraft borrowing. Which businesses are eligible? It is aimed only at viable businesses with no or insufficient security for commercial lending. Eligible businesses must be operating in the UK, with an annual turnover of less then 25 million and not be from the coal, real estate or insurance sectors.
9 Support to business during a recession 7 What are the key measures of success? The value of loans offered by banks and loan defaults; Business satisfaction with delivery; Scheme awareness amongst business and lenders; Business take-up; and Economic returns delivered by businesses. How is it performing? As at 31 December 2009: 1.08 billion of applications from over 9,540 firms that are being processed or assessed; 7,400 businesses have been offered loans totaling 752 million; 6,090 businesses have drawn loans totaling 610 million; and one default on a loan. A mystery shopping exercise of main lenders found 77 per cent of bank advisers surveyed had good awareness of the Scheme. An interim evaluation reported on business feedback on the processes. How much has been spent? What is the potential taxpayer exposure? Return to the taxpayer? What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? Who is delivering it? Guarantees have been issued for a total value of 610 million. Government guarantees 75 per cent of the value of the lending portfolio. However, a 9.75 per cent cap on the cost of defaults limits the cost to Government. Should the maximum 1.3 billion be made available for lending, it is potentially liable to pay up to 127 million. Businesses pay an annual 2 per cent premium (reduced to 1.5 per cent for 2009) to the Department in addition to capital and interest payments to the lender. The Scheme was set to run until 31 March 2010 or until the money ran out but in December 2009 was extended to March Capital for Enterprise Limited is managing the Scheme on behalf of the Department. Thirty-eight lenders including most high street banks.
10 8 Support to business during a recession Changes to the scheme since the initial launch In March 2009, the Department reviewed the sector restrictions and 300,000 more businesses became eligible. Further restrictions were lifted in May and September In September 2009, two further facilities were made available: A guarantee on invoice finance facilities to support an agreed additional advance on a debtor book and a guarantee on new or increased overdraft borrowing.
11 Support to business during a recession 9 Capital for Enterprise Fund When did it start? Why is it needed? It was announced in the November 2008 Pre-Budget Report. From 14 January 2009, businesses could find out eligibility criteria and delivery partners were appointed in March The first investment completed in August To improve SMEs access to short-term finance by providing mezzanine finance, an area where the Department considered there was a gap. What options were considered? What is it meant to do? Do nothing; Create a Government mezzanine finance (see how does it work? ) fund; Change Small Firms Loan Guarantee to offer mezzanine finance; or Tax breaks, for example, through Venture Capital Trusts to encourage private sector involvement in mezzanine finance. To increase the supply of appropriate finance to viable businesses seeking growth finance within the equity gap. To demonstrate the demand for this type of finance exists and provide the Department with experience in operating a fund. The Fund is not intended for start-up funding, or to provide money out to shareholders. It is also not intended as a rescue facility for struggling businesses. How does it work? By investing between 200,000 and 2 million into a business usually through a mixture of loan instruments and some form of interest in its equity (mezzanine finance). The 75 million was initially allocated to two 30 million Funds and a 15 million co-investment fund. Businesses apply to one of the two Funds (based on their location) who then decide on investment potential. To obtain funding from the 15 million co-investment fund, businesses need to have matching investment from an established fund manager. Note, the distribution of funds was re-allocated in-year (see who is delivering? section).
12 10 Support to business during a recession Which businesses are eligible? Eligible businesses must be SMEs based in the UK, and: have positive cash generation but be constrained from accessing further bank funding; What are the key measures of success? have an incentivised management team with a proven track record; be operating in a growth market with a strong defensible position in relation to competitors; and be generating strong margins with a scalable business model. the number and value of investments undertaken and number of SMEs supported; percentage of fund value invested; aggregate performance of the multiple funds & valuation of investments; financial returns to the Department and of the scheme overall; economic returns delivered by businesses; and the demand for, and effectiveness of, mezzanine finance compared to traditional private equity. How is it performing? Progress to 31 December 2009: The appointed fund managers had made offers totalling 73.3 million to 48 businesses. Of this: investments had successfully been completed in 15 businesses, amounting to 21.7 million (including fees) terms worth 18.7 million had been agreed with 11 businesses (following completion of successful due diligence process, businesses will receive investments) three businesses had received offers worth 6 million and were yet to agree terms of investment. How much has been spent? What is the potential taxpayer exposure? As at 31 December 2009, 21.7 million in investments have been completed. Government invested 50 million, with Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC investing a further 25 million.
13 Support to business during a recession 11 Return to the taxpayer? What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? The Department has invested on the same terms as the private investors, sharing proportionally in the risk/return. The scheme has an investment period of 12 months ending on 31 March Beyond this date, investments can only be in those companies already in the portfolio. Capital for Enterprise Limited (CfEL) is managing the fund on behalf of the Department. Who is delivering it? Private venture capital managers Maven Capital Partners have 35 million and focus on businesses in the East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire & Humber, North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Private venture capital managers Octopus Investments have 32 million and focus on businesses in London, the South East, South West, East of England, the West Midlands and Wales. The remaining 8 million is being managed as a co investment fund by Capital for Enterprise Fund Managers to provide matched funding alongside other funds.
14 12 Support to business during a recession Automotive Assistance Programme When did it start? Why is it needed? What options were considered? What is it meant to do? How does it work? It was announced on 27 January 2009 and was launched on 11 March To mitigate falling demand and lack of access to credit and finance for long-term investment in areas such as development of low carbon vehicles within the automotive sector. A range of proposals including measures suggested by the automotive industry. Increase the availability of loan finance to the auto sector by offering Government guarantees to eligible businesses which are unable to access finance to advance research and development for green technologies. The Scheme offers: Guarantees for loans up to a total of 1.3 billion from the European Investment Bank (EIB); Up to 1 billion of loan guarantees for investments that are not eligible for EIB loans or which will bring special value to the UK; and In exceptional cases, loans. Guarantees are expected to underwrite up to 75 per cent of the value of the loan, or up to 90 per cent if required, which is the maximum possible under the EU Temporary Framework for State Aid. Applications are assessed case-by-case, via an investment appraisal which considers: (1) credit risk analysis, (2) additionality assessment (3) assessment of the wider economic and social benefits of the project, (4) strategic, technological and market assessment, (5) consistency with low carbon/green technology objectives. Which businesses are eligible? Viable UK automotive and its supply chain businesses with an annual turnover greater than 25 million and, in general, with a proposed investment of more than 5 million. No alternative private sector funding should be available.
15 Support to business during a recession 13 What are the key measures of success? Key deliverables of the scheme include: developing and monitoring a pipeline of applications; ensuring that the future cost of loans and loan guarantees does not exceed the 400 million contingency; and maintaining a record of total jobs safeguarded or created. How is it performing? At 31 December 2009, 94 businesses had been in contact, of which 24 had submitted formal expressions of interest. The pipeline of cases under active consideration consisted of 11 companies (total value of projects: 2.3 billion; total guarantee: 1.1 billion). 1 In mid-march 2010, it offered loan guarantees to two companies. Two previous offers of support were made in 2009 but not taken up (as alternative funding was found). How much has been spent? What is the potential taxpayer exposure? Return to the taxpayer? What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? Who is delivering it? Changes to the scheme since the initial launch Any similar schemes internationally? No loans or guarantees provided by the end of December A 400 million contingency has been set aside to cover the possible future cost of providing loans and loan guarantees under the scheme, based on estimated average probability of default within the loan portfolio. Participating companies are charged a fee or interest rate to cover costs and risk involved. Support is likely to be secured against assets. The scheme will run until at least the end of 2010, with loans or guarantees potentially running on longer than this. A Departmental team manage the application process. Cases are considered by the Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB), an independent non-governmental body of senior business people. A team within the Department. The eligibility criteria were made more flexible, for example the initial 5 million limit has been reduced to 1 million. Many countries have schemes to support their automotive industry: France has offered car makers 6.5 billion in loans and Australia has an AU$6.2 billion investment plan which includes a Green Car Innovation Fund. 1 Based on 4 January information.
16 14 Support to business during a recession Vehicle Scrappage Scheme Date started The Scheme was announced in the Budget on 22 April 2009 and was launched on 18 May Why is it needed? What options were considered? What is it meant to do? How does it work? Which businesses are eligible? To mitigate falling demand for cars and the associated impact on the industry and manufacturing base, at what was considered a critical time for the industry. The Department considered a range of different scrappage scheme formats, by evaluating lessons from international schemes. To provide a short-term boost to the automotive industry and stimulate consumer demand. By giving motorists a 2,000 discount on the cost of a new vehicle if they trade in a car over 10-years-old (eight years in the case of a van). The discount is jointly funded by Government and the car manufacturer ( 1,000 each). Any manufacturer of eligible cars/vans (up to 3.5 tonnes) provided they are willing to comply with the Scheme terms. From launch, there were 38 vehicle manufacturers participating. In terms of buyers, old vehicles must be at least 10-years-old (8 years in the case of a van) and registered in the UK to the consumer for at least 12 months prior to trade-in. What are the key measures of success? How is it performing? The Scheme has defined success primarily in terms of volume of new car sales (in number and value terms) and what purchases were additional to what would have happened without incentive. It has also considered wider effects on the environment and safety. From April to 20 December 2009, there were 298,800 orders for new vehicles under the Scheme, around a fifth of all new car purchases. Potential secondary successes include positive impacts on emissions and road safety, and a halo effect on the second hand car dealers (with a trend of rising prices). The Department is unlikely to be able to isolate and measure the full impact, particularly the long term effect. How much has been spent? At 31 December 2009, the Department estimates 219 million spend on subsidies.
17 Support to business during a recession 15 What is the potential taxpayer exposure? Return to the taxpayer? In April 2009, 300 million was allocated. On 28 September, 100 million was added for an extension. Total funding is capped at 400 million. The scheme required an Accounting Officer (AO) Direction due to an estimated net financial loss to the taxpayer of 55 million over the long-term. The decision to proceed was taken on the basis that purchases during the recession are worth more than future purchases when the sector has recovered and that the risks of doing nothing outweighed the costs. In September 2009, a second AO Direction was required to approve the extension. By this point, the revised estimate of net short-term financial impacts was 116 million for UK-only benefits. Over the long-term, the estimated impacts were a total taxpayer loss of 18 million. What s the exit strategy? Who is managing it? Who is delivering it? Changes to the scheme since the initial launch Any similar schemes internationally? Following the extension in September 2009, the scheme will run until end March 2010 or when funding is exhausted. The Department set quotas for manufacturers to allocate funds in the last weeks of operation. A Vehicle Scrappage Team within the Department liaises with the 38 automotive manufacturers who are responsible for ensuring dealers and thus consumers comply with the Scheme terms. Car dealers are responsible for ensuring that vehicle ownership and eligibility criteria are met, checking documentation and arranging for the vehicle to be scrapped. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) check eligibility on a sample of transactions sent from the Department. On Scheme extension, vehicle age was rolled forward to include cars which were then 10-years-old, and van eligibility was reduced to eight years. Germany had the biggest European scheme ( 5 billion) and schemes also operated in France, Italy, Austria, and the United States operated a short $3 billion scheme in The size of the incentive, the age of the eligible vehicles, the financial input from the manufacturers and emission requirements for the new cars vary.
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