Absa Group Central Bank Mandatory Reserves Coverage (MIGA-14387)

Countries
  • Seychelles
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
FI
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jun 14, 2019
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower
Absa Group Limited
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Guarantee
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ MIGA website

Updated in EWS Oct 10, 2019

Disclosed by Bank May 3, 2019


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Project Description

This summary describes equity investments by Absa Group Limited (Absa Group) in its subsidiary in Seychelles, Barclays Bank (Seychelles) Limited (subsidiary). The investor has applied for MIGA guarantees of up to US$40 million in mandatory reserves cover for a period of up to 15 years.

Absa Group, South Africa-based, is one of the largest pan-African financial institutions in terms of total assets with operations in ten countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Its subsidiary banks outside of South Africa are required to maintain reserves at the central banks in their respective jurisdictions, based on the volume of customer deposits that these subsidiaries have. Mandatory reserves contribute to Absa Group's overall risk-weighted assets (RWA) at the consolidated level, resulting in less headroom for other assets at a given level of capital.

Investment Description
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
Private Actors
Contact Information

*Contact information not provided at the of disclosure*

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