The Regional Investment Corporation’s (RIC) farm business loan variable interest rate is changing from 2.31 per cent to 3.04 per cent from 1 August 2022. Farm business loans include the Drought, AgBiz Drought, AgriStarter and Farm Investment loans.
The variable interest rate for the Plantation Loan for new plantations and replanting 2019-20 Black Summer bushfire-damaged plantations, is changing from 1.89 per cent to 2.62 per cent.
The RIC’s variable interest rate is linked to the Australian Government 10-year bond rate averaged over a 6-month period and applied retrospectively, smoothing the pace at which it changes. It is not linked to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash rate. A small portion of the variable interest rate covers the RIC’s administrative costs.
RIC Acting Chief Executive Officer Paul Dowler said many farm business loan customers are continuing to benefit from the concessional nature of the loans.
“RIC interest rates are concessional compared with commercial rates and the manner changes are applied offers more comfort for financial planning,” said Mr Dowler.
“At 30 June we still had 84.3 per cent of farm business loan customers benefiting from the interest free terms of their RIC loan. Most farm business loan customers are not impacted by the change in the RIC loan interest rate, resulting in greater savings for this cohort. RIC loans have saved farm businesses money they would have otherwise spent on principal and interest repayments together.”
Farm businesses with a RIC loan benefit from the RIC’s concessional variable interest rate and interest only terms over the first five years of the loan, followed by principal and interest repayments for the remainder of the 10-year loan term.
Existing customers will have the variable rate change applied to their loan from 1 August 2022. All new farm business loan applications will be subject to the new rate. Following this, the next review date (if any change), will be February 2023.
For more information on RIC loans visit ric.gov.au/loans.
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About the Regional Investment Corporation
The Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) is a federal government-backed specialist finance provider for farmers, farm-related small businesses and plantation businesses. For the 2021-22 financial year, the RIC has approved more than 175 total loans valued at over $180 million. Since its inception on 1 July 2018, the RIC has approved more than 2835 total loans valued at over $3.08 billion as at 31 May 2022.