Scotia El Salvad SME and Housing Loan (IFC-38771)

  • El Salvador
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 31, 2017
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Investment Type(s)
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Aug 1, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Feb 27, 2017

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Project Description

The project consists of a 7 year loan up to US$50 million to Scotiabank El Salvador S.A. to fund the growth of lending to small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) and low and middle income home owners in El Salvador.

People Affected By This Project

Contribution to Economic Growth. The Project is expected to contribute to the WBG goals by supporting economic growth in El Salvador by providing long term access to finance to SMEs and mortgages through a leading bank in a market faced with poverty and a large housing deficit. Increased access to finance to SMEs is also believed to assist in creating opportunities for jobs, which is considered a critical link in poverty reduction and economic growth; two areas identified in El Salvador as challenges to be tackled. \r\rDemonstration Effect: By providing long term funding to Scotia El Salvador, which is new in the market, IFC hopes to create a competitive environment in the banking sector and encourage other banks in El Salvador to seek and provide financing with longer terms. IFC's loan hopes to increase availability of longer tenor lending instruments to provide low and middle income mortgages and financing for SMEs.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Financial Intermediary
Private Actors
Private Actors Description

The project sponsor is Scotiabank El Salvador, which is the leader in mortgage segment with a market share of 33.3% in El Salvador. Its parent company is The Bank of Nova Scotia, a publicly listed, international universal bank in Canada which globally serves over 23 million customers. The parent is active in 11 countries across Latin America through its subsidiary operations.

Scotiabank El Salvador is a subsidiary of Inversiones Financieras Scotiabank El Salvador, which is 99.8 percent owned by the Bank of Nova Scotia and the remainder owned by minority shareholders. Inversiones Financieras controls 88.7 percent of the shares of Scotiabank El Salvador, while BNS directly owns the remaining 10.8 percent.

Contact Information

Company: Scotiabank El Salvador S.A.
Point of Contact: Ana Trabanino / Title Head of Treasury
Telephone Number (503) 2234-4516
Mailing Address: Centro Financiero 25 Av. Norte y 23 Calle Poniente No. 1230 San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.


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