Since the enactment of the Rural Electrification Act in 1936, RUS has financed the construction of electric generating plants, transmission facilities and distribution systems to provide electricity to rural areas. Today, with CFC membership comprised, in part, of rural electric utility systems in 49 states and three U.S. territories, the percentage of farms and residences in rural areas of the United States receiving central station electric service increased from 11% in 1934 to almost 100% currently.
If we are unable to access the capital markets or other external sources for funding, our liquidity position may be negatively affected and we may not have sufficient funds to meet all of our financial obligations as they become due.
A reduction in the credit ratings for our debt could adversely affect our liquidity and/or cost of debt.
Our ability to maintain compliance with the covenants related to our revolving credit agreements, collateral trust bond and medium-term note indentures and debt agreements could affect our ability to retire patronage capital, result in the acceleration of the repayment of certain debt obligations, adversely impact our credit ratings and hinder our ability to obtain financing.
Changes in the level and direction of interest rates or our ability to successfully manage interest rate risk could adversely affect our financial results and condition.
The uncertainty as to the nature of potential changes or other reforms in the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) benchmark interest rate may adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
We are subject to credit risk that a borrower or other counterparty may not be able to meet its contractual obligations in accordance with agreed-upon terms, which could result in significantly higher, unexpected losses.
Adverse changes, developments or uncertainties in the rural electric utility industry could adversely impact the operations or financial performance of our member electric cooperatives, which, in turn, could have an adverse impact on our financial results.
We may obtain entities or other assets through foreclosure, which would subject us to the same performance and financial risks as any other owner or operator of similar businesses or assets.
The nonperformance of our derivative counterparties could impair our financial results.
A decline in our credit rating could trigger payments under our derivative agreements, which could impair our financial results.
Advances in technology may change the way electricity is generated and transmitted, which could adversely affect the business operations of our members and negatively impact the credit quality of our loan portfolio and financial results.
Breaches of our information technology systems, or those managed by third parties, may damage relationships with our members or subject us to reputational, financial, legal or operational consequences.
Loss of our tax-exempt status could adversely affect our earnings.
As a tax-exempt cooperative and nonbank financial institution, our lending activities are not subject to the regulations and oversight of U.S. financial regulators such as the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Office of Comptroller of Currency. Because we are not under the purview of such regulation, we could engage in activities that could expose us to greater credit, market and liquidity risk, reduce our safety and soundness and adversely affect our financial results.
Competition from other lenders could adversely impact our financial results.
Our elected directors also serve as officers or directors of certain of our individual member cooperatives, which may result in a potential conflict of interest with respect to loans, guarantees and extensions of credit that we may make to or on behalf of such member cooperatives.