NTB Syndication (IFC-42255)

Countries
  • Sri Lanka
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
Proposed
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
Apr 30, 2019
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Borrower
Nations Trust Bank PLC
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 16.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 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 Mar 29, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Mar 21, 2019


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Project Description

According to IFC website, the project will be used for the Nations Trust Bank expansion in the SME lending space, with the possibility of a portion being carved-out for lending to women-owned SMEs (‘WSME’s) for which the bank will receive a performance incentive supported by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (“We-Fi”). The financing provided is a fit with the World Bank and IFC strategy of promoting economic growth by providing access to finance to underserved market segments, thereby leading to job creation.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors

According to IFC, NTB was established in 1999 and IFC was a founder shareholder with a 15% stake but divested in 2004. While IFC granted a Senior Loan of US$50 million to NTB for on-lending to SMEs in June, 2017, IFC has engaged with NTB during its early years to help it develop its SME banking strategy and risk management framework. NTB has also been a trade finance client of IFC since 2007.

Contact Information

Nations Trust Bank
Ajith Akmeemana
Chief Financial Officer
+94 (0) 11 4 313 106
Ajith.Akmeemana@nationstrust.com
No. 242, Union Place, Colombo 00200
http://www.nationstrust.com/

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