Subordinated Debt

Title: Subordinated debt
Subject: Maturities, regulatory capital
Agency: NCUA
Proposed rule

The NCUA Board (Board) is proposing to amend the Subordinated Debt rule (the Current Rule), which the Board finalized in December 2020 with an effective date of January 1, 2022. This proposal would make two changes related to the maturity of Subordinated Debt Notes (Notes) and Grandfathered Secondary Capital (GSC). Specifically, this proposal would replace the maximum maturity of Notes with a requirement that any credit union seeking to issue Notes with maturities longer than 20 years to demonstrate how such instruments would continue to be considered “debt.” This proposed rule would also extend the Regulatory Capital treatment of GSC to the later of 30 years from the date of issuance or January 1, 2052. This proposed extension would align the Regulatory Capital treatment of GSC with the maximum permissible maturity for any secondary capital issued to the United States Government or one of its subdivisions (U.S. Government), under an application approved before January 1, 2022. This proposed change would benefit eligible low-income credit unions (LICUs) that are either participating in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) or other programs administered by the U.S. Government. This change would also cohere the requirements in the Current Rule related to maturities and Regulatory Capital treatment of Notes and the Regulatory Capital treatment of GSC, while continuing to ensure that credit unions are operating within their statutory authority. The Board is making four other, minor modifications to the Current Rule to make it more user-friendly and flexible.

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Date proposed: Sept. 22, 2022
Comments due date: Dec. 5, 2022
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Proposal benefiting low-income credit unions in Treasury emergency capital program out for comment until Dec. 5