BOP BOA Group (IFC-48532)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Togo
  • Uganda
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 22, 2023
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  • Finance
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 156.20 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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 12, 2024

Disclosed by Bank Dec 22, 2023

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Project Description
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According to the Bank’s website, the proposed project is a multi-currency facility in the aggregate amount of up to US$171.2 million to nine Bank of Africa (“BOA”) affiliates in IDA and FCS countries – namely Bank of Africa Benin, Bank of Africa Burkina Faso, Bank of Africa Cote d’Ivoire, Bank of Africa Kenya, Bank of Africa Mali, Bank of Africa Niger, Bank of Africa Senegal, Bank of Africa Togo, and Bank of Africa Uganda. The facility will support the Group in scaling up its lending to micro, small, and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) in the context of high interest rates which led to tightening liquidity in the region. For all entities except for BOA Uganda, the Project will be processed under the Base of the Pyramid (“BOP”) program (see the Blended Finance section for more details).                                         

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

The Project entails a senior loan across nine BOA subsidiaries to support SMEs. The SME sectors supported by the BOA subsidiaries primarily include trade, services, manufacturing, transportation, and construction. The E&S risks and impacts associated with the supported SME activities are considered limited and readily addressed through mitigation measures. The overall portfolio risk is considered medium. Thus, the Project has been categorized as FI-2 in accordance with IFC’s Sustainability Policy.

Investment Description
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The proposed Project consists of an up to US$171.2 million equiv. multicurrency senior loan facility to be allocated among nine BOA participating affiliates which will be processed under the BOP program, except for BOA Uganda. 

Investment as approved by the board: 156.20 million (USD)

Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

The nine Bank of Africa participating affiliates are majority-owned by Bank of Africa Group which is a leading regional financial services group operating in sub-Saharan Africa. BOA Group is owned by BANK OF AFRICA -BMCE Group, the third largest bank in Morocco at 72.4%, followed by FMO at 9.4%.                    

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Bank of Africa (BOA) Group S.A. Client -
- - - - Bank of Africa Benin Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Burkina Faso Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Cote d’Ivoire Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Kenya Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Mali Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Niger Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Senegal Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Togo Subsidiary -
- - - - Bank of Africa Uganda Subsidiary -

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BOA Group
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