As the pandemic gradually transitions to an endemic, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the 'final extension' of relief measures for small and medium-sized enterprises registered in Singapore affected by the COVID-19 situation to resume full loan repayments.
This extension is catered to those who continue to struggle with cash flow.
Relief Measures SMEs Can Apply For
The initial deadline to apply for these reliefs was 30 Jun 2021. The application window is now extended to 30 Sep 2021.
The available relief measures include:
- SME business loan tenures for debt consolidation plans to be extended up to 5 years
- Outstanding balances can now be converted to term loans at a reduced interest rate
- Mortgage instalment repayment plans can now be reduced
SME Loan Deferment
From now till 30 Sep 2021, eligible SMEs under the following schemes can have the option to defer principal payments on secured loans by up to 80 per cent:
- Extended Support Scheme - Standardised
- Temporary Bridging Loan Programme
- Enterprise Singapore’s Enhanced Working Capital Loan Scheme
Eligible SMEs are those in the Tiers 1 and 2 sectors, including:
- Aviation and aerospace
- Built environment
- Conventions and exhibitions
- Qualifying retail outlets
- Licensed food shops and stalls
- Land transport
- Arts and entertainment
- Marine and offshore
From 1 Jul to 30 Sep 2021, SMEs in the Tiers 1 and 2 sectors that are not currently involved in the scheme can apply to do so.
For SME borrowers with more than one lender, they will be granted a 6-month extension to apply for the Extended Support Scheme - Customised. This scheme facilitates the restructuring of a borrower’s loans over several financial institutions. With the extension from the current 30 Jun deadline, borrowers will have until 31 Dec 2021.
According to the MAS, this is expected to be the last extension of the government support for SME.
Work Out Longer Term Repayment Solutions
If you think you are unable to return to full loan instalment repayments by the end of the relief periods, you should speak to your lender in advance to work out longer term repayment solutions. If you need help or advice, do not hesitate to ask us.
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