FHB accepting customer SBA paycheck protection applications online

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FHB is a participating lender for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program
that assists small businesses in maintaining payroll and benefits for employees through the COVID-19 crisis.

First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) has announced it will accept customer SBA Small Business
Paycheck Protection Program applications online at sba.fhb.com through June 30, 2020.

Interested First Hawaiian Bank business customers can find out more information about the program and apply through the website.

“As Hawaii’s SBA Lender of the Year for three years in a row, First Hawaiian Bank is prepared and ready to handle the expected high-volume of applications for this relief program through our online channels,” said Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank Chairman, President and CEO. “This is a fantastic program that can help ease some of the challenges our small business customers are facing in our current environment.”

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. This relief program, which is being implemented by the U.S. Small Business Administration with support from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides small businesses with a one-time, “fully forgivable loan” of up to $10 million to cover up to eight weeks of payroll expenses, including benefits, and can also be used to make mortgage, lease and utility payments.

The SBA will begin accepting applications starting April 3, 2020 for small businesses and sole proprietors and starting the following Friday, April 10, 2020 for independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Applicants can visit sba.fhb.com to submit the required information and First Hawaiian Bank will process their application with the SBA. The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2020.

Online applicants will need to gather and provide the following additional documentation: IRS Form 941 Employers Quarterly Tax returns for 2019, IRS Form 1099 MISC: 2019 and other payroll documents including payroll schedule or reports from CPA, bookkeeper or payroll provider that verify the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll, the dollar amounts of payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments and covered utilities for the eight weeks after receiving the loan.

Important Loan Information (subject to change depending on further SBA guidance):

o Funds are provided in the form of bank loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

o Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

o It is anticipated that 75% of the forgiven amount must be used for payroll.

o Loan payments will be deferred for six months; interest will then accrue at 1%.

o No collateral or personal guarantees are required.

o Neither government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

o Borrowers must keep employees on the payroll – or rehire quickly to be eligible for loan forgiveness.

o Forgiveness is based on maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.

o Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages
decrease.

Eligible

Businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible – including nonprofits, veterans’
organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships and independent contractors.

Businesses in certain industries are eligible even if they have more than 500 employees.

For additional information from the U.S. Treasury about the Paycheck Protection Program, visit https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP–Fact-Sheet.pdf.

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