WCS Dhaka Bank (IFC-35798)

Regions
  • South Asia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Countries
  • Bangladesh
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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
Feb 27, 2017
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
Dhaka Bank ltd.
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.
Ring Fence
  • Small & Medium Enterprises
A financial intermediary is a commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank, sometimes for a specific lending purpose. A "ring fence" is another name for this specific purpose. These funds are then used for lending by the financial intermediary to client companies or individuals.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 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 @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 14, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jan 26, 2017


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Project Description

According to IFC website, the project consists of a short-term loan (Working Capital Solutions, WCS) for up to $20 million and a $35 million guarantee under Global Trade Finance Program, GTFP to Dhaka Bank Limited to support the foreign currency needs of SMEs in Bangladesh. The financing provided is a fit with the World Bank and IFC strategy of promoting economic growth by providing access to finance to underserved market segments and promoting international trade, thereby leading to improved competitiveness, job retention and creation.

The Bank commenced operations on April 06, 1995 and has total assets of $2.48 billion as of September 30, 2016.

Investment Description

The present Board Chairman of the Bank, Mr. Reshadur Rahman, is a prominent local businessman with involvement to real estate, trading, shipping, chemicals and logistics businesses. Dhaka Bank is publicly listed on Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges. It has a diversified shareholding with 36.5% of shares owned by the general public and 24.2% by local institutions. Around 39.1% of shares is held by the sponsors/directors and 0.2% is held by foreign investors.

Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.
Private Actor Relationship

There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.

The database, however, does not explicitly or implicitly imply that IFC or FMO have material exposure to or are contractually or legally accountable to the sub-projects financed by their financial intermediaries or the financial intermediary's parent companies. It only shows a seemingly financial relationship among the different private actors, the financial intermediaries, and IFC or FMO.


Contact Information

Dhaka Bank Limited
Md. Syed Faisal Omar
EVP & Head of International Division
880258314419
faisal.omar@dhakabank.com.bd
71, PuranaPaltan Lane, Dhaka

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IFC

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