ABBank Sr Loan (IFC-40081)

Countries
  • Vietnam
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
Oct 6, 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
AN BINH COMMERCIAL JOINT STOCK BANK
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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Apr 4, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Aug 17, 2017


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Project Description

According to IFC website, IFC is considering an investment in the form of senior loans of up to US$150 million, consisting of (i) an A Loan of up to US$40 million; and (ii) a B Loan and/or Parallel Loan of up to US$60 million with a greenshoe option of up to US$50 million to An Binh Commercial Joint Stock Bank Through the investment, IFC will support the Bank's growth strategy to expand its financial products and services to small and medium enterprise (SME) and micro SME borrowers, including women-owned SMEs, which will in turn increase financial inclusion, create jobs and reduce poverty in Vietnam. This project will be potentially supported by IFC's Women Entrepreneur Opportunity Facility (WEOF).

The project aims to support the Bank's lending programs to MSMEs and SMEs, especially women-owned SMEs.

Investment Description
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.

Private Actors Description

ABBank was established in the early 1990s as a rural commercial bank and was transformed into an urban commercial bank in August 2005. The Bank provides a wide range of banking products and services to both corporate and retail clients. As of December 31, 2016, ABBank expanded its geography coverage to  159 branches  and transaction offices nationwide. The current main shareholders of ABBank are: (i) Malayan Banking Berhah (Maybank) with a 20% shareholding; (ii) Hanoi General Export Import Corporation (Geleximco) with a 12.99% shareholding; (iii) IFC with a 10% shareholding, and (iv) institutional and individual investors with a 57.01% shareholding.


Contact Information

Nguyen Manh Quan
Deputy CEO, An Binh Commercial Joint Stock Bank
Phone Number: 84.8.38244855
Email Address: quannguyen@abbank.vn
170 Hai Ba Trung, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
www.abbank.vn

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IFC

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