DBL Syndication (IFC-41076)

  • Bangladesh
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
Bank Risk Rating
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
Apr 2, 2018
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.
Dhaka Bank Ltd.
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • 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)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 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 12, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Mar 1, 2018

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Project Description

The project consists of a short-term loan (Working Capital Solutions, WCS) for up to US$50 million, consists of a mobilization of US$30 -US$40 million through IFC led B-Loan investments and IFC own investment of up to US10 – US$20 million in Dhaka Bank Limited (the "Bank" or "Dhaka Bank") to support the expansion of the USD denominated trade business of the Bank through its Offshore Banking Unit. This will be the first syndication for a Financial Institution in Bangladesh with commercial banks as investors, hence creating a market for international commercial banks to invest in syndicated loans to Banks in Bangladesh and enhancing the Bank’s access to finance.



People Affected By This Project

i. Improved Access to Finance: The Project will increase access to finance for credit-constrained, export-oriented companies and SMEs to meet working capital requirements. It will also expand financial intermediation.
ii. Job Creation: IFC's investment will further support business growth and spur job creation in the SME and export-oriented segments.
iii. Boost Export Competitiveness: The project will help economic growth in Bangladesh by providing exporters with trade finance solutions to their working capital requirements and assist in payments for imports utilized. This, in turn, improves their working capital cycle, thereby providing a boost in exports.

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

Dhaka Bank commenced operations on April 06, 1995 and publicly listed in Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges. The Bank has total assets of $2.8 billion as of September 30, 2017.  

Dhaka Bank has a diversified shareholding with 37.75% of shares owned by the general public, 22.49% by local institutions and 0.14% by foreign institutions as of December 2017. The remaining 39.62% of shares is held by the sponsors/directors.  

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Dhaka Bank Limited Client -

Contact Information

S.M. Mahbubul Alam 
Vice President, International Division, Dhaka Bank Limited 
Telephone No.: 880258314419 
Email Address: mahbubul.alam@dhakabank.com.bd 
Office Address: 71, PuranaPaltan Lane, Dhaka 
Website: www.dhakabankltd.com 


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