BCN SME (IFC-39745)

  • Cape Verde
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 28, 2018
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  • Finance
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Ring Fence
  • Small & Medium Enterprises
A financial intermediary is a commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank for a specific purpose. A "ring fence" is another name for the specific purpose. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. A financial intermediary lends these funds to their clients in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares.
Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 6.11 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 Aug 6, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jan 24, 2018

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Project Description

The purpose of the investment is to help BCN increase access to finance to small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”), including women-owned SMEs requiring long term finance, and to help the Bank grow its trade finance business.  The proposed investments  consist of a 5-year senior loan of up to EUR5.0 million and a Trade Line of up to US$2.0 million.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The proposed ivestments  consist of: (i) a 5-year senior loan of up to EUR5.0 million equivalent to US$5.9M, 25% (EUR1.25m, or US$1.5m) of this senior loan will be carved out for financing to Women owned SMEs; and (ii) a Trade Line of up to US$2.0 million to BCN.  

Financial Intermediary
Private Actors
Private Actors Description

BCN’s main sponsor is  IMPAR, a leading Cape Verde insurance company controlling 43.5% market share. BCN’s shareholders are IMPAR (51.7%), SEPI (43.9%) and Cape Verde Red Cross (CVCR) (4.4%).  

Contact Information

Ana Carvalho Vicente 
Director, Finance & International Management 
+238 9827146 
Ave. Amilcar Cabral, CP n.º97, Praia 


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