Federal financial institution regulatory agencies have jointly issued a final policy statement on commercial real estate loan accommodations and workouts. The updates reinforce and build on existing supervisory guidance calling for financial institutions to work prudently and constructively with creditworthy borrowers during times of financial stress. The policy statement has been jointly issued by the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, the National Credit Union Administration and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

The 90-page statement is substantially similar to a proposal issued in 2022 and includes minor changes in response to comments. It updates and supersedes the previous guidance on commercial real estate loan workouts issued in 2009.

The statement includes a section on short-term loan accommodations that was not included in the previous guidance. As defined in the statement, an accommodation includes an agreement to defer one or more payments, make a partial payment or provide other assistance or relief to a borrower who is experiencing a financial challenge.

Additionally, the statement addresses recent accounting changes for estimating loan losses and provides examples of how to classify and account for loans affected by workout activity. It also includes updates to the 2009 Statement’s Appendix 2, which contains a summary of selected references to relevant supervisory guidance and accounting standards for real estate lending, appraisals, restructured loans, fair value measurement and regulatory reporting matters

Finally, it includes several hypothetical examples of CRE loan workout arrangements under a variety of scenarios, with revisions and additions to the examples provided in 2009.

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