On April 2, 2012, the Small Business Administration published a "Direct Final Rule" in the Federal Register, (Vol. 77, No. 63, April 2, 2012) which provides much-anticipated clarification to the EPC rule set forth at 13 CFR 120.111.
This makes the EPC rule consistent with industry practice as it existed prior to the issuance of SOP 50 10 5(D) in the Fall of 2011.
The clarification provides Lenders with the ability to structure mixed-purpose loans for their borrowers without imposing undue hardship by either requiring the loan to be split into two loans or requiring that the loan be restructured.
A new and improved SOP 50-10-5 E will be out soon!