The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited
SME Financing Guarantee Scheme
Helps You Grasp Business Opportunities and Expand Your Business
The SME Financing Guarantee Scheme (“Scheme”) was launched on 1 January 2011 by The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (“HKMC”). Since 1 May 2018, the Scheme business has been transferred to and carried on by HKMC Insurance Limited (“HKMCI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the HKMC.
Objective and Guarantee Coverage
The Scheme aims at helping local small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) and non-listed enterprises (collectively, “Enterprises”) to obtain financing from participating lenders (“Lenders”) for meeting their business needs so as to enhance their productivity and competitiveness in the rapidly changing business environment. Under the Scheme, the HKMCI may provide guarantee coverage of 50%, 60% or 70% to the credit facilities of eligible Enterprises approved by the Lenders.
Honoured with the Best SME’s Partner Award by The Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business for twelve consecutive years since 2012.
Special Concessionary Measures
80% Guarantee Coverage under the Scheme (“80% Guarantee Product”)
To help tide the Enterprises over financing difficulties as a result of a possible credit crunch in midst of the uncertain global economic environment, the Financial Secretary announced in the 2012-13 Budget Speech a series of measures to support the Enterprises, including the introduction of the time-limited Special Concessionary Measures under the Scheme which provides 80% guarantee coverage to credit facilities of eligible Enterprises approved by the Lenders at concessionary guarantee fee rates.
The 80% Guarantee Product has provided strong support for the Enterprises in obtaining financing in the commercial lending market since its launch on 31 May 2012 and benefited an increasing number of enterprises. To further alleviate the financial burden of the Enterprises and assist them to obtain financing from the Lenders, the Government has implemented enhancements for qualifying guarantees under the 80% Guarantee Product from time to time since its launch.
The application period for the 80% Guarantee Product is until end-March 2024.
Please refer to the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme Factsheet for detailed features of the 80% Guarantee Product, and the enhancements and relief measures introduced.
90% Guarantee Coverage under the Scheme (“90% Guarantee Product”)
With the approval of the funding by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council on 6 December 2019, the 90% Guarantee Product under the Scheme has been introduced on 16 December 2019. The 90% Guarantee Product aims at providing additional support to small-sized enterprises and businesses with relatively less operating experience to obtain financing. With the rapid deterioration of the business environment following the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19, the Government has announced some enhancements and relief measures on the 90% Guarantee Product.
The application period for the 90% Guarantee Product is until end-March 2024.
Please refer to the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme Factsheet for detailed features of the 90% Guarantee Product, and the enhancements and relief measures introduced.
Special 100% Loan Guarantee under the Scheme (“Special 100% Loan Guarantee”)
To ease the cash flow problems of Enterprises adversely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Financial Secretary announced in the 2020-21 Budget Speech that a Special 100% Loan Guarantee would be introduced under the Scheme. The Special 100% Loan Guarantee aims at alleviating the financial burden of paying employee wages and rents by the Enterprises which are suffering from reduced income and to help minimise the Enterprises shutting down and layoffs. The loans under the Special 100% Loan Guarantee are fully guaranteed by the Government at a concessionary low-interest rate. The Special 100% Loan Guarantee started to receive applications on 20 April 2020.
In order to further alleviate the cash flow pressure of the Enterprises due to the rapid deterioration of the business environment following the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19, the Government has introduced various enhancements to and relief measures under the Special 100% Loan Guarantee.
The eligible Enterprises must have been operating for at least three months in Hong Kong as at 31 March 2022, and have suffered at least a 30% decline in sales turnover in any month since February 2020 (“Affected Period”) compared with the monthly average of any preceding quarter from January 2019 to March 2022 (“Reference Period”), provided that the Affected Period must not be earlier than the Reference Period.
The maximum loan amount for each eligible Enterprise is the total amount of employee wages and rents for 27 months or HK$9 million, whichever is the lower. The maximum repayment period is ten years.
The application period for the Special 100% Loan Guarantee is until end-March 2024.
Please refer to the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme Factsheet for detailed features of the Special 100% Loan Guarantee, and the enhancements and relief measures introduced.
Loan applicants (including the existing Borrowers submitting top-up applications) should contact the Lenders to apply for the loan or credit facility. The Lenders will use their professional expertise, judgement and care in conducting customer due diligence, reviewing each application, and verifying the eligibility of each loan applicant before submitting the guarantee applications and relevant supporting documents to the HKMCI for review and approval.
A list of the Lenders is available here.
For general enquiries about the Scheme, please contact:
1. the Lenders; or
2. the HKMCI
Scheme Hotline: 2536 0392
Scheme Enquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Scheme is operated by the HKMCI and is subject to the relevant terms and conditions. The copyright to the contents of this document is owned by the HKMCI.
Last Update Date: 31 July 2023