Portland Caribbean Fund II, L.P. Commitment Increase (IIC-11911-01)

  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Panama
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
  • 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
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 14, 2016
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.
Portland Caribbean Fund II, L.P.
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)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.20 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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 15.30 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 @ IIC website

Updated in EWS Sep 14, 2018

Disclosed by Bank May 5, 2016

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Project Description
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According to IIC website, Portland Caribbean Fund II, L.P. is a multi-sector growth fund that targets high-growth middle market companies that are poised for national or regional expansion. Particular emphasis will be on the following sectors: services (financial and non-financial), communications, renewable energy, agribusiness, and infrastructure. The geographical focus of the Fund is the CARICOM member and associate member states, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. 

The objective of the project is to provide further resources to support private equity investments in the Caribbean region by increasing the IIC's investment in the Portland Caribbean Fund II, L.P.. The Fund now has a target size of US$200 million, a scale that will allow it to be successful and impactful and enable the Fund Manager to build a sustainable fund management platform in the Caribbean region for future successor funds. 

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.

This is a category FI-1 project according to the IIC's Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy because certain pipeline investee companies in the Fund's current or future portfolio are considered of high environmental and social risk. Portland's current portfolio is composed of investments in a regional telecom company, a wind farm in Panama, and a Bank in Bermuda. There are some other potential projects in diverse sectors such as energy, insurance, manufacturing, trade finance, fast food restaurants and trade finance.

Environmental risks and impacts associated with some sectors in the pipeline may include but are not limited to: i) environmental risks such as: air emissions, waste management, habitat alteration and fragmentation, ii) operational health and safety risks such as: chemical hazards, noise, fire and explosions, heat, and radiation, iii) community issues such as: land acquisition, health, safety and security, potential impacts on indigenous and other vulnerable communities, iv) biodiversity conservation and stakeholder engagement.

Investment Description
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On December 2015, the IIC Board of Executive Directors approved an initial investment of US$5.1 million in the Fund. With the current project, the IIC proposes to increase its initial investment by US$10.2 million to reach a total investment of US$15.3 million in the Fund. This increase in IIC's commitment will strengthen and continue IIC's partnership with the Fund. Also, IIC will reach the investment level required to obtain the right to a voting membership at the Joint Advisory Committee instead of being an observer member, and will enable the IIC to explore opportunities to co-invest and finance the portfolio companies of the Fund.

The investors in the Fund are among others: Export Development Canada, European Investment Bank, German Development Bank (DEG), IFC, Caribbean Development Bank, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and local pension funds.

Financial Intermediary
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Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Portland Holdings Inc. Parent Company -

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