Sabadell Mex (IFC-40408)

  • Mexico
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
Oct 1, 2018
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  • Finance
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Ring Fence
  • No Restrictions
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 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 1, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jul 30, 2018

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Project Description

According to the International Finance Corporation, this project consists in a Senior Secured Loan, a loan takes priority over other loans in repayment, to SabCapital S.A. de C.V., SOFOM, E.R. The loan will be used to grow its tourism (hotels) and green buildings portfolios in Mexico. The proposed project will support the entrance of Banco de Sabadell S.A. (Spain), through SabCapital, as a new participant in the Mexican financial system. The loan will be fully guaranteed by Sabadell Spain.

Early Warning System Project Analysis

The International Finance Corporation has rated the project as FI-2, which according to their documents corresponds with a medium risk or category B project. It gives the following explanation for their rating:

This project has been categorized as FI-2 in accordance with IFC’s Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability based on the risk of the portfolio to which IFC will be exposed. As of March 2018, SabCapital lending to hotels represented 17.5% of their total loan portfolio. Most of SabCapital’s hotel portfolio includes projects with potential limited adverse environmental or social (E&S) risks or impacts that can be readily addressed through mitigation measures. However, some hotels might be in environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, and require additional mitigation measures. As part of IFC’s financing, SabCapital will be required to screen all its commercial loans against IFC Exclusion List, and to verify that loans to hotels and green buildings comply with the applicable E&S laws and, when applicable, with IFC Performance Standards.

People Affected By This Project

The International Finance Corporation says that the project will have the following impacts:

(i) Competitiveness: In the highly concentrated banking system in Mexico, the entrance of Sabadell Spain is expected to help foster higher competition in the corporate banking and project finance space, particularly in tourism (hotels) and green investments.
(ii) Sustainability: The project will contribute on the development of sustainable finance in Mexico, with a special focus on tourism (hotels) and green buildings.


Additionally, the key potential environmental and social risks that the Corporation has identified are listed below:
(i) worker’s health and safety during construction

(ii) conversion of and impacts to critical natural habitat

(iii) unfair working conditions in the hospitality industry

(iv) life and fire safety in buildings accessed by the public.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The investment will be in the form of a Senior Secured Loan. 

Financial Intermediary
Private Actors
Private Actors Description

The International Finance Corporation lists the following description for the private actors involved in this project:

Sponsor: Sabadell Spain is the 4th largest Spanish financial institution, operating mainly in Spain, UK and the Americas. The group is listed in the IBEX 35 stock market in Spain.

Partner: SabCapital is a fully owned subsidiary of Sabadell Spain. It started operations in Mexico in April 2014 as a SOFOM, a non-bank financial institution (non-deposit taking), focusing on corporate lending in sectors such as tourism, real estate, energy, industry, among others.

Contact Information


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