Scotiabank Let's SME - Digital Services for SMEs (IDBI-12604-01)

  • El Salvador
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 25, 2019
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Scotiabank El Salvador, S.A.
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 27.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 37.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Jun 10, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jun 6, 2019

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Project Description

The proposed transaction consists of a senior unsecured loan for Scotiabank El Salvador, S.A. (Scotiabank) for up to US$37.5 million. The loan package consists of an unsecured senior loan for up to US$37.5 million, including: (i) US$15 million from IDB Invest; (ii) US$10 million from IDB; and (iii) US$12.5 million mobilized through possible co-financing to be financed by IDB Invest in its capacity as administrator of the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (the "Fund"). IDB Lab will, in turn, provide technical advisory services on the design and implementation of an SME digital platform called "Let's SME" that seeks to provide digital financial services to Scotiabank's SME clients.

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Investment Description
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)

Includes financing from China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean 

Private Actors
Contact Information

Name of client contact: Ana Marcela Trabanino
Position: Director of Treasury
Telephone: (503) 2234-4516



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