According to the IFC website, the proposed project is a secured, 5-year senior loan of up to US$15mn to Sanasa Development Bank PLC (‘SDB’), a licensed specialized bank (‘LSB’) in Sri Lanka and an IFC client since 2010. This will be one of IFC’s first local currency debt funding in Sri Lanka, and will support the expansion of SDB’s SME portfolio, with 25% earmarked for women-owned SMEs.
SDB was established in 1997, funded by 4,500+ cooperative societies. It was initially a microfinance/retail bank, but has been transforming itself into a SME/retail bank since 2015. IFC supported this initiative by increasing its equity stake to 8.86% (May, 2017) from 2.34%, previously.
SDB has been listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange since May, 2012. It has no identifiable sponsor. The Bank was created by the Sanasa co-operative society movement, but the shareholding of the co-operatives has been diluted to 29%. Development Finance Institutions (IFC & FMO) hold 22%, while other investors hold 50%.
SANASA Development Bank PLC
Mr. Terrance Kumara
Head of Finance
SANASA Development Bank PLC, No. 12. Edmonton Road, Kirulapone, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka
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