7 U.S. Code § 2009cc–8 - Rural business investment companies

(a) Organization
For the purpose of this subchapter, a rural business investment company shall—
(1) be an incorporated body, a limited liability company, or a limited partnership organized and chartered or otherwise existing under State law solely for the purpose of performing the functions and conducting the activities authorized by this subchapter;
(2)
(A) if incorporated, have succession for a period of not less than 30 years unless earlier dissolved by the shareholders of the rural business investment company; and
(B) if a limited partnership or a limited liability company, have succession for a period of not less than 10 years; and
(3) possess the powers reasonably necessary to perform the functions and conduct the activities.
(b) Articles
The articles of any rural business investment company—
(1) shall specify in general terms—
(A) the purposes for which the rural business investment company is formed;
(B) the name of the rural business investment company;
(C) the area or areas in which the operations of the rural business investment company are to be carried out;
(D) the place where the principal office of the rural business investment company is to be located; and
(E) the amount and classes of the shares of capital stock of the rural business investment company;
(2) may contain any other provisions consistent with this subchapter that the rural business investment company may determine appropriate to adopt for the regulation of the business of the rural business investment company and the conduct of the affairs of the rural business investment company; and
(3) shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary.
(c) Capital requirements
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the private capital of each rural business investment company shall be not less than—
(A) $5,000,000; or
(B) $10,000,000, with respect to each rural business investment company authorized or seeking authority to issue participating securities to be purchased or guaranteed by the Secretary under this subchapter.
(2) Exception
The Secretary may, in the discretion of the Secretary and based on a showing of special circumstances and good cause, permit the private capital of a rural business investment company described in paragraph (1)(B) to be less than $10,000,000, but not less than $5,000,000, if the Secretary determines that the action would not create or otherwise contribute to an unreasonable risk of default or loss to the Federal Government.
(3) Time frame
Each rural business investment company shall have a period of 2 years to meet the capital requirements of this subsection.
(4) Adequacy
In addition to the requirements of paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—
(A) determine whether the private capital of each rural business investment company is adequate to ensure a reasonable prospect that the rural business investment company will be operated soundly and profitably, and managed actively and prudently in accordance with the articles of the rural business investment company;
(B) determine that the rural business investment company will be able to comply with the requirements of this subchapter;
(C) require that at least 75 percent of the capital of each rural business investment company is invested in rural business concerns and not more than 10 percent of the investments shall be made in an area containing a city of over 150,000 in the last decennial census and the Census Bureau defined urbanized area containing or adjacent to that city;
(D) ensure that the rural business investment company is designed primarily to meet equity capital needs of the businesses in which the rural business investment company invests and not to compete with traditional small business financing by commercial lenders; and
(E) require that the rural business investment company makes short-term non-equity investments of less than 5 years only to the extent necessary to preserve an existing investment.
(d) Diversification of ownership
The Secretary shall ensure that the management of each rural business investment company licensed after May 13, 2002, is sufficiently diversified from and unaffiliated with the ownership of the rural business investment company so as to ensure independence and objectivity in the financial management and oversight of the investments and operations of the rural business investment company.

Source

(Pub. L. 87–128, title III, § 384I, as added Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6029,May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 396; amended Pub. L. 110–234, title VI, § 6027(c),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1182; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VI, § 6027(c),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1944.)
Codification

Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
Amendments

2008—Subsec. (c)(3), (4). Pub. L. 110–246, § 6027(c), added par. (3) and redesignated former par. (3) as (4).
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234by Pub. L. 110–246effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 ofPub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.

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