According to IFC website, this project with KCB Group Limited is aligned to IFC’s strategy for the African financial sector. It is comprised of a $75 million loan facility to KCB to be on lent as Tier II qualifying subordinated debt. This investment is part of a US$250 million capital raising exercise by KCB to strengthen the Bank’s capital position in the context of the increased regulatory capital buffer requirements while supporting the bank as it expands into the SME segment and invests in alternative delivery channels to deepen financial inclusion. Further, the project is expected to have a high development impact in the following areas:
i. Increasing access to finance and financial inclusion in existing markets and potentially into new markets in the East Africa region.
ii. Supporting the development of financial markets by working with a regional banking group to develop very important products (housing, gender and MSME finance) that can materially contribute to economic growth.
iii. Fostering sustainable financing through the E&S support that IFC continues to provide to KCB to become a leading champion and catalyst of sustainability in the financial system in the East Africa region.
Loan - US$ 75.0 million
Equity - US$ 70.0
KCB was founded as the National Bank of India in 1896 with a branch in Mombasa. In 1970, the GoK acquired 100% of the Bank to take full control of the largest commercial bank in Kenya and renamed it Kenya Commercial Bank. Between 1997 and 2014 the bank opened subsidiaries in Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and launched KCB Capital and KCB Insurance companies. It launched digital financial services (“DFS”), numerous payment and alternative banking solutions and is the market leader in mobile banking today with over 10 million customers – thus making significant strides in expanding financial inclusion.
In January 2016, KCB created a holding company structure for regulatory and strategic reasons. KCB Group Limited was registered as a non-operating holding company regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya. The holding company oversees KCB Bank Kenya and all KCB’s regional banking units in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan. It also owns KCB Insurance Agency, KCB Capital, KCB Foundation and all associate companies. KCB is public company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, being its largest shareholders the Government of Kenya which holds 17.53%, followed by the National Social Security Fund with 6.05% (as at October 2016)
Head, Investor Relations, KCB Group Limited
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