WCS Santander Brasil (IFC-39659)

  • Brazil
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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
Nov 2, 2017
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
When disclosed, the bank did not provide this value. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Aug 4, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Oct 3, 2017

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Project Description

The proposed investment (the “Project”) consists of a 1-year straight senior loan for up to US$150 million to Banco Santander Brasil S.A. (“Santander” or the “Bank”). The Project, which can be
renewed twice for up to 3 years at IFC's discretion, will support the Bank's financing of its BRL denominated trade and working capital local portfolios, with special focus on SMEs.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors

Santander Brasil is a universal bank that focuses on retail services. The Bank conducts its operations by means of portfolios such as commercial, investment, lending and financing, mortgage lending, leasing, credit card operations and FX. Through its subsidiaries, the Bank also operates as a payment institution, leasing, securities, insurance brokerage operations, capitalization and pension plan.


The shares of Banco Santander Brasil are listed on NYSE and on Bovespa, with a free float of 10.3%. Santander Brasil is directly (13.8%) and indirectly controlled by Santander Spain, through its subsidiary Grupo Empresarial Santander (28.1%) and Sterrebeeck B.V. (46.9%).


Santander has a strong market reputation and is rated, on a global scale, ‘Ba3' (LT Bank Deposits. Ratings affirmed in May 2017, Stable outlook) by Moody's and ‘BB' (Rating affirmed in May 2017, Negative outlook) by S&P 

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