Details of the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme (SFGS) have been updated in late May, including:
The Government introduced the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme (SFGS) to guarantee loans to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong secure financing with lower interest rates. There are three loan products provided under SFGS, namely:
The 80% Guarantee Product (SFGS 80) – launched in 2011
The 90% Guarantee Product (SFGS 90) – launched in 2019
The Special 100% Loan Guarantee (SFGS 100) – announced in early 2020
What are the differences between these products? Which one should a company choose?
Each of the products has a different maximum loan amount, of which SFGS 80 provides the largest amount:
Three products can be applied by businesses across almost all industry (except Money Lender). However from the loan amount and application requirements, we can see that each product serves a different SME segment.
All products require applicants to be businesses* registered and operating in Hong Kong. As the targeted segments are different, certain eligibility criteria of each product var
Generally speaking, the interest rate of Guarantee Products under SME Financing Guarantee Scheme (SFGS) will be lower than other loan products offered in the market. Businesses need to pay the guarantee fee to the HKMC Insurance Limited (HKMCI), who will guarantee the loan for the businesses, so that banks can offer lower interest rates to them. Among the three Guarantee Products, SFGS 100 offers the lowest ratIn addition, according to SFGS latest update on 29 May, the Government will provide interest subsidy for the 80% and 90% guaranteed loans, with the amount of subsidy subject to a cap of 3%.
All three loan products are guaranteed by HKMCI, however the guarantee fee of SFGS 100 is waived.
For more information on products under the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme (SFGS) and application procedures, you may read relevant articles on HSBC VisionGo: