SBA loan funds to buyout a shareholder
I was wondering if anybody on this forum has any experience with a particular SBA loan funds usage. I have a shareholder that I would like to buyout of their portion of the company. I don’t personally have enough money to do this and I can’t get a personal loan to pull this off. The company is an S Corp and I was wondering if I can takeout an SBA loan through the S Corp and use the SBA funds to buyout my partner. Can an SBA loan be used this way? I am currently a 51% owner and partner is a 49% owner.
Hi! That’s a great question!
While many banks giving conventional loans would want to restrict you from using the money to finance “goodwill”, which is what buying a partner out is considered, SBA loans are different. SBA 7a loans have many benefits, and one of them is your ability to use the funds for buyouts, acquisitions, or anything else you would like that is in the normal course of business.
For this type of deal, however, you can expect to put down about 25% of the loan, and the SBA loan will finance the remaining 75%. And you will need to get a business valuation that justifies the amount you’re paying your partner. So if your partner owns 49% of the company, and you are paying him $49K (easy numbers for the example), then your business needs to be valued at a minimum of $100K.
I hope that helps! Check out our article on how to apply for an SBA loan to get started.