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Amazon, Goldman Sachs Team up to Provide Credit Lines to Small Businesses

By Donna Fuscaldo - Jun 10, 2020 at 10:39AM

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Small businesses that sell products on the platform will be offered credit lines of up to $1 million.

Amazon (AMZN -2.86%) and Goldman Sach's (GS -1.48%) Marcus online bank are teaming up to extend credit lines to small businesses. 

Small businesses that use Amazon's platform to sell products will be offered credit lines of as much as $1 million with interest rates between 6.99% and 20.99%, reports CNBC.

A female small business owner packaging an order to be shipped.


Third-party merchants will soon receive offers to apply for the credit lines. Borrowers will have to pay late fees if they don't make their payments on time as well as a maintenance fee if they don't draw down 30% of the credit, notes CNBC

Goldman Sachs, which is underwriting the credit lines, will look at the seller's revenue and time on the platform to determine if they are eligible and at what interest rates. Small businesses will have to give Goldman Sachs permission to access their Amazon data in order to underwrite the loans. The tech stock won't be able to access the information Goldman Sachs uses, and the Wall Street firm won't be able to sell other products to the small businesses.  It marks the first time Amazon is moving underwriting of credit lines outside of the company. 

The idea that Amazon and Goldman Sachs could offer small business loans was first brought into the public purview in February when the Financial Times reported the two were in talks about an alliance. The paper reported at the time that Goldman was building the technology to enable Amazon to offer loans to small businesses. The project was expected to launch in March before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

This isn't the first tech partnership Goldman Sachs has inked in recent years. Last summer, it teamed up with Apple to launch the Apple credit card. 

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Donna Fuscaldo has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and Apple and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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