WCS Bank Beirut (IFC-41344)

  • Lebanon
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Oct 25, 2018
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  • Finance
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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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Aug 17, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Aug 16, 2018

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Project Description

The proposed Project consists of senior loan under IFC’s Working Capital Solutions product (WCS) to Bank of Beirut S.A.L., an existing IFC client. The project will provide funding to the Bank to support its trade finance business and working capital needs of the Bank’s clients.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The project entails a senior loan of up to US$100 million for 2 years renewable at IFC’s option. The purpose of the loan is to support the Bank’s short-term trade and working capital business and meet client needs.

Private Actors

Originally established in 1963 and renamed in 1973, Bank of Beirut is the sixth largest bank in Lebanon with an asset size of US$18.4 million corresponding to a market share of close to 7 percent in the banking sector as of December 31, 2017. In terms of trade finance activity, the Bank is the leading bank commanding a market share of 21.5 percent among commercial banks as of December 31, 2017.  In addition to its strong presence in Lebanon, the Bank is present in 9 different countries through subsidiaries (Bank of Sydney, Bank of Beirut UK), foreign branches (Oman, Cyprus, Germany), and representative offices (UAE, Nigeria, Ghana, Qatar).

Contact Information

Bank of Beirut SAL 
Moussa Abdallah 
Head of FI & Correspondent Banking 
Bank of Beirut HO – Riad El Solh Street – Beirut Central District 


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