The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it will extend the MAS SGD Facility for ESG Loans [1] (the Facility) to complement the six-month extension of Enterprise Singapore (ESG)’s Temporary Bridging Loan Programme [2] (TBLP) from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

2 The Facility will provide Singapore Dollar (SGD) funding at an interest rate of 0.1% per annum for a two-year tenor to eligible financial institutions [3] to support loans made under the TBLP and the Enterprise Financing Scheme – SME Working Capital Loan (the ESG Loan Schemes) from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

3 Since its introduction in April 2020, the Facility has disbursed a total of S$5.7 billion to eligible financial institutions in support of their lending to companies under the ESG Loan Schemes. Taken together, the Government’s risk sharing through the ESG Loan Schemes and MAS’ lower-cost funding through the Facility have helped to lower borrowing costs for local enterprises to a range of 1.5% to 3.0% per annum under the TBLP, from 6% or more for other unsecured working capital loans.

4 Ms Jacqueline Loh, MAS’ Deputy Managing Director (Markets and Development), said, “The MAS SGD Facility for ESG Loans complements MAS’ other liquidity facilities – the MAS SGD Term Facility and MAS USD Facility – which provide banks with greater certainty of access to central bank liquidity. MAS’ suite of liquidity facilities will continue to support banks and finance companies in providing credit to individuals and businesses in Singapore and the region, amid the economic headwinds from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore