• Guatemala
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.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Banco de America Central, S.A.
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  • Finance
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Potential Rights Impacts
  • Healthy Environment
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 80.00 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)
$ 80.00 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 Sep 15, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Sep 9, 2022

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Project Description
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Banco de America Central, S.A. (BAC) is a large size commercial bank in Guatemala with a strong presence in the small and medium sized company sector (SME) as well as among corporate clients in the country. The Bank has total assets amounting to USD 4.7 billion and a loan portfolio of USD 3.4 billion as of March 2022.


The USD 200 million senior term facility will focus on supporting SMEs and local Green loans in Guatemala. The SME funding will be used by BAC to expand its SME portfolio, while the Green loans will be on-lent to green projects in line with FMO's green lending criteria. These loan purposes fit perfectly with the ongoing strategy of BAC and their Group to become a more sustainable financial institution and to support local SME clients. The total USD 200 mln transaction refers to a committed tranche of USD 120mln and an uncommitted tranche of USD 80mln (which may be activated). The committed tranche will be funded by FMO and joint participants.


Providing financing to SMEs and green projects in Guatemala is in line with FMO's strategic goal to support job creation, reduction of GHG emissions and to expand actions against climate change effects. Considering the size of this facility and BAC's loan portfolio for SMEs and corporate clients, there will be a significant contribution to advance green finance and environmental protection among private sector entities in Guatemala. Additionally, funding SMEs will be key in the context of weathering the impact of international economic slowdown and energy crisis.


Given the Bank's current portfolio, including an exposure to IFC PS Triggered Transactions >10%, the customer has an E&S Category A. The Bank has an existing ESMS which is limited in scope; therefore, an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be agreed with the client which seeks to align BAC's ESMS with FMO's requirements. BAC is willing to partner up with FMO to advance their sustainability policy, an upgraded ESMS plays a central role in that process.

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