• South Africa
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
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
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Voting Date
Jun 19, 2017
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Spartan Technology Rentals (Spartan)
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Finance
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 3.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Apr 9, 2018

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Project Description

Spartan Technology Rentals (Spartan) is a South African financial services provider, established in 1981. The institution is fully specialised in asset backed lending to small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) with a focus on technology assets including machinery, specialized equipment, software finance and working capital finance.
Fmo is providing a 5-year ZAR equivalent senior loan of USD 3.5 mln to Spartan to support their recent strategic change towards full SME dedication with a focus on specialised SME finance.
FMO's key rationale for the investment is to support and increase access to finance for SMEs in South Africa. Almost all of Spartana€™s targeted SMEs have limited access to credit from traditional banks which lack specialized knowledge and perceive these SMEs as high risk. Instead, these SMEs are forced to use short-term working capital or overdrafts to finance their acquisition of technology and other specialised equipment. This creates a cash flow mismatch and inhibits their growth activities.

Investment Description
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Contact Information

+27 11 507 2500
Regent Place, 2nd Floor
Cradock Ave, Rosebank 2196
Johannesburg South Africa



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