IFC BEST Bond Fund (IFC-44671)

  • World
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
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
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
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
Oct 28, 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.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Equity, Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 240.00 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)
$ 100.00 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 @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 13, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Dec 13, 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.

The project involves IFC sponsoring the Build-Back-Better Emerging Markets Social, Sustainability, and Sustainability-linked Transaction Bond Fund (the “Fund”) with a target size of US$1 - 2 billion, managed by Amundi Asset Management (“Amundi” or “the Asset Manager”). The Fund will mobilize international investor funding for investments in social, sustainability, sustainability-linked and green bonds issued by emerging market real sector firms, financial institutions, projects, and sub-sovereigns, where the relevant transactions support COVID-19 relief efforts and/or promote an inclusive and resilient recovery from the pandemic while at the same time consolidating market standards for these nascent asset classes. The Fund will have a capital structure that transforms risk associated with a portfolio of mostly sub-investment grade emerging market bonds into a senior tranche characterized by risk that is well in investment grade territory and a subordinated tranche which provides credit-enhancement for the latter. The project is expected to be supported by IDA19 Private Sector Window Blended Finance Facility as described in the Blended Finance Section.

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.

main project-level outcome is improved access to private sector capital for
issuers of Sustainable Bonds in EMDEs through mobilization of capital from
institutional investors to specifically invest in Sustainable Bonds issued by
EMDE entities. This is expected to encourage increased issuances of Sustainable
Bonds by EMDE issuers. Beyond this outcome, IFC anticipates the proposed
investment will catalyze change in the market through increased issuance of
Sustainable Bonds in EMDEs and thereby promote greater integration in the
market via innovation, demonstration, and replication channels.

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

IFC's investment, as approved by the Board: 100 million USD (loan); 140 million USD (equity).

Financial Intermediary
A financial intermediary is a bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.

Contact Information
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Amundi Asset Management
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Senior Institutional Clients Coverage
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