Capital Note (CAN) Program

Purpose:

The Capital Note (CAN) Program offers tax-exempt short-term securities which not-for-profit institutions use to fund routine capital expenditures, renovations and construction projects.

Who Can Participate?

Any institution that is qualified to borrow from the Authority under RSA 195-D or 195-E is eligible to be a borrower under this Program.

Fees/Expenses:

Due to a pooled financing or bank financing, fees and expenses will be substantially less than a standard bond issue.

Loan Amount:

For capital expenditures, an institution's maximum borrowing is equal to the institution's annual routine capital expenditures. If borrowing for renovations or a construction project there is no limit.

Requirements/Advantages:

To the extent that Note proceeds are not needed to fund routine capital expenditures, they can be invested in higher-yielding taxable securities that generate additional revenue.

Note issuance is significantly less complicated and less expensive than the standard bond issue.

  • Greatly reduced disclosure requirements
  • Simpler form documents
  • Unsecured borrowing
  • Expense is shared among pool participants

Many institutions can achieve a short-term rating without credit enhancement.

Capital Notes are expected to be issued as part of an annual pool each Spring or as a bank financing. If part of a pool, an institution should have a Standard & Poor's rating of SP-1 on its own credit or it must obtain a letter of credit which is rated SP-1.  Each institution is only liable for its debt and not for the debt of any other institution in the pool.

Note Terms:

Capital Notes are usually short-term notes that will mature within 12 months.

For an application or additional information, contact:
David C. Bliss, Executive Director
New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority
P.O. Box 2110
Concord, NH 03302-2110

Phone: 603-224-0696
Fax: 603-224-3058