Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 3. Operation and Regulation

Membership -- Limitation And Apportionment Of Loans By Members

32-4-302. Membership -- limitation and apportionment of loans by members. Any financial institution may request membership in the corporation by making application to the board of directors on such form and in such manner as said board of directors may require, and membership shall become effective upon acceptance of such application by the board. The application for membership will specify the loan limit which shall be subject to call of the corporation, but in no case shall the amount so specified exceed the limit provided for in this chapter. Each member of the corporation shall make loans to the corporation as and when called upon by it to do so on such terms and other conditions as shall be approved from time to time by the board of directors, subject to the following conditions:

(1) All loan limits shall be established at the thousand-dollar amount nearest the amount computed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(2) No loan to the corporation shall be made if immediately thereafter the total amount of the obligations of the corporation to its members would exceed 10 times the amount then paid in on the outstanding capital stock of the corporation.

(3) The total amount outstanding on loans to the corporation made by any member at any one time, when added to the amount of the investment in the capital stock of the corporation then held by such member, shall not exceed:

(a) 20% of the total amount then outstanding on loans to the corporation by all members, including in said total amount outstanding amounts validly called for loan but not yet loaned;

(b) the following limit, to be determined on the basis of the member's balance sheet at the close of its 1982 fiscal year and then redetermined periodically with the concurrence of the member:

(i) 3% of the capital and surplus of commercial banks and trust companies;

(ii) 1/4 of 1% of the total outstanding loans made by a building and loan association;

(iii) 2% of the capital and unassigned surplus of stock insurance companies; and

(iv) such comparable limits as may be approved by the board of directors of the corporation for other financial institutions.

(4) The board of directors, on the request of any financial institution applying for membership and with the approval of one-half of the members that are the same type of financial institution as the applicant, may authorize a different loan limit than that set forth in subsection (3)(b).

(5) Subject to subsection (3)(a) of this section, each call made by the corporation shall be prorated among the members of the corporation in substantially the same proportion that the adjusted loan limit of each member bears to the aggregate of the adjusted loan limits of all members. The adjusted loan limit of a member shall be the amount of such member's loan limit, reduced by the balance of outstanding loans made by such member to the corporation and the investment in capital stock of the corporation held by such member at the time of such call.

(6) All loans to the corporation by a member shall be evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the corporation, which shall be freely transferable at all times and which shall bear interest at a rate of not less than 1/4 of 1% in excess of the rate of interest determined by the board of directors to be the prime rate prevailing at the time.

History: En. Sec. 10, Ch. 128, L. 1969; R.C.M. 1947, 15-2610; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 320, L. 1983; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 90, L. 1985.