DCM Pichincha GB (IFC-45855)

Countries
  • Ecuador
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
UNINFORMED
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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
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Bank Risk Rating
FI
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jan 6, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Borrower
Banco Pichincha CA
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Sectors
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS May 13, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Nov 22, 2021


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Project Description
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The proposed investment consists of an up to five-year financing to Banco Pichincha Ecuador (Pichincha or the Bank), through an up to US$50 million subscription of senior gender bonds for IFC’s own account. The proceeds of the issuance will be used to provide access to finance for women-owned small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) in Ecuador (the Project). The Project will be the first gender bond to be issued by Pichincha.                                                   

People Affected By This Project
People Affected By This Project refers to the communities of people likely to be affected positively or negatively by a project.

The Project is expected to have a strong stakeholders impact by aiming to increase access to finance for SMEs and, more specifically, WSMEs. The estimated financing gap for SMEs is US$15.7 billion or 16% of the country's GDP, while the financing gap for WSMEs is US$1.2 billion, which represents 8.1% of the SME finance gap. Moreover, Ecuador ranks 86th on the 2019 Gender Inequality Index, implying that there is still much work to be done to level the playing field and increase access to finance to WSMEs.
Additionally, the Project is expected to have a strong contribution to market creation through inclusiveness, as the Project is anticipated to be the first gender bond issued by the largest bank in Ecuador with a strong SME and WSME business focus and will promote greater market inclusiveness by encouraging other banks to issue thematic bonds of their own focused on supporting WSMEs. With this proposed investment IFC will introduce a gender-themed bond, which is specifically designed to support women-owned small businesses. IFC expects that increased market-wide awareness of this funding method will help demonstrate the commercial viability of financing WSMEs.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Banco Pichincha Client Finance

Contact Information
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Banco Pichincha
Eduardo Urgiles
Head of Treasury
(593 2) 2 980-980
eurgiles@pichincha.com
Av. Amazonas y Pereira
www.pichincha.com

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