BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s government on Tuesday launched a new credit line aimed at helping small companies weather the economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s Treasury will use 15.9 billion reais ($2.78 billion) to cover potential loan defaults, limited to 85% of each loan extended. The remaining part should be covered by financial institutions providing the loans.
Companies with annual revenue of up to 4.8 million reais ($834,000) can apply for this new credit line, which costs Brazil’s benchmark interest rates plus 1.25% per year. There is no grace period for repayments.
Earlier in April, Brazil’s government launched a payroll program aimed at companies with annual sales between 360,000 reais and 10 million reais.
Reporting by Isabel Versani, in Brasilia, writing by Carolina Mandl; editing by Bill Berkrot