LB FINANCE PLC (FMO-59713)

Countries
  • Sri Lanka
Geographic location 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.
Bank Risk Rating
C
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
Apr 4, 2021
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
LB Finance
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 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.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Oct 31, 2021


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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to FMO, the proposed project is a loan granted to LB Finance to expand its micro-enterprises and SME loan/leasing portfolio and for lending to agri (75%) and youth clients (25%). Through this loan, FMO supports the Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) Sector in Sri Lanka and contributes to its 'Reducing Inequalities' target.

*Due to LB Finance's relatively high exposure to Gold Lending, the Loan Facility will be accompanied by a Capacity Development program which will provide better insight into the end uses of the gold loans that LB Finance provides to their clients as well as adherence to best practices of Client Protection Principles.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
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.

LB Finance is a regulated deposit-taking Non-Banking Financial Institution in Sri Lanka, which was incorporated in 1971. The principal activities of LB Finance include providing finance lease, hire purchase and vehicle loan facilities (together ca. 60% of the loan portfolio), next to offering gold loans, mortgage loans, term loans and other credit facilities, to mainly MSMEs and some corporates and to individuals. LB Finance is a top-3 player in the Sri Lankan NBFI space and serves over 600,000 customers throughout Sri Lanka through a network of ca. 165 branches/centres.

 


Contact Information
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ACCESS TO INFORMATION

As part of FMO's ex-ante disclosure (disclosure of transactions before contracting), you can send requests or questions for additional information to: disclosure@fmo.nl

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF FMO

Communities who believe they will be negatively affected by a project funded by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) may be able to file a complaint with the Independent Complaints Mechanism, which is the joint independent accountability mechanism of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the German Investment Corporation (KfW). A complaint can be filed in writing, by email, post, or online. The complaint can be filed in English or any other language of the complainant. The Independent Complaints Mechanism is comprised of a three-member Independent Expert Panel and it can provide either problem-solving, compliance review or both, in either order. Additional information about this accountability mechanism, including a guide and template for filing a complaint, can be found at: https://www.fmo.nl/independent-complaints-mechanism

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