November 26, 2014

USD 30M Loan Syndication to Benefit 15,000 Rural Entrepreneurs

USD 30M Loan Syndication to Benefit 15,000 Rural Entrepreneurs

15,000 micro entrepreneurs in rural areas to benefit from funding.
26 November, 2014, Baku – Today FINCA Azerbaijan announced that it has reached agreement on a USD 30 million multi-currency syndicated loan facility arranged by the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) with participation of the Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB, the Development Bank of Austria), with each institution contributing USD 15 million. An additional USD 10 million commitment from international commercial investors/asset managers is also expected. This loan will benefit 15,000 rural entrepreneurs throughout Azerbaijan.

This five-year loan facility will support FINCA Azerbaijan in providing its clients with sustainable financing, and thanks to its extensive branch network, the facility will particularly benefit small, rural entrepreneurs in remote areas, where the supply of banking services is still limited. The loan will allow FINCA Azerbaijan to finance over 15,000 additional agricultural and rural customers. The multi-currency facility is partly in Azeri Manat (USD 15m equivalent), helping FINCA Azerbaijan to sustain its local-currency loan portfolio, reducing currency risk for its clients.

FMO’s Chief Investment Officer, Linda Broekhuizen, said: “By supporting the non-oil related businesses in Azerbaijan the economy will grow, bringing wealth to a larger part of the population. We are therefore very pleased to finance FINCA Azerbaijan, an institution reaching out to remote areas and serving more than 150,000 micro-clients.”

“For many Azerbaijani people, micro businesses form a significant part of household income. By partnering with FINCA Azerbaijan, OeEB can increase the availability of funding for Azeri micro and small businesses and thereby support the creation of jobs,” said Andrea Hagmann, Member of the Executive Board of OeEB.

Tim Tarrant, Chief Executive Officer of FINCA Azerbaijan, thanking FMO and OeEB, said: “This is the first funding we have received directly from FMO and OeEB, and the first syndication for a FINCA subsidiary. This key transaction will allow us to expand the financing of small business, especially in the agricultural sector and across the regions of Azerbaijan.”

”This landmark syndication is particularly strategic for FINCA Azerbaijan, as it marks the start of a strategic partnership with two international financial institutions that are very active in supporting microfinance,” remarked Marco de Natale, Chief Financial Officer of FINCA Azerbaijan. “We look forward to cooperating with FMO and OeEB on many initiatives in the field of responsible banking, helping to further diversify the Azeri economy”.

About FINCA Azerbaijan

FINCA Azerbaijan LLC is the leading non-bank microfinance institution in Azerbaijan, operating in the country since 1998 under limited license from the National Bank of Azerbaijan. FINCA Azerbaijan provides financial services to more than 150,000 active clients through its 65 branches covering the country, with a gross loan portfolio of more than US$235 million.

FINCA Azerbaijan is a subsidiary of FINCA International, a leading international microfinance organization that provides socially responsible financial services to help low-income individuals and communities build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living. FINCA currently reaches 1.7 million clients through its 22 microfinance subsidiaries in Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East and South Asia.

FINCA’s microfinance subsidiaries are owned or controlled by FINCA Microfinance Holding Company LLC, a social investment partnership that includes majority owner FINCA International, as well as IFC, FMO, KfW, responsAbility, Triple Jump, and Triodos. For more information on FINCA, visit http://www.FINCA.org

About FMO

FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development bank. FMO supports sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. FMO believes a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. FMO focuses on three sectors that have high development impact: financial institutions, energy, and agribusiness, food & water. With an investment portfolio of EUR 6.6 billion, FMO is one of the largest European bilateral private sector development banks.

About OeEB

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB) has been operating as the Development Bank of Austria since March 2008. It specializes in the provision of long-term finance for the implementation of private sector projects in developing countries which create sustainable development. Additionally, OeEB provides technical assistance, which can be used to enhance the developmental impact of projects.