Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IFC may extend $15m financing to Nepal’s Global IME Bank

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) – a member of the World Bank Group – has proposed to extend a $15 million financing facility to Global IME Bank to support the lender’s programme for small and medium sized enterprises, it said.
The bank is ranked as fifth among commercial banks in Nepal based on its total asset base of Rs 124 billion ($1,151 million) and loan portfolio of Rs 89.7 billion ($833 million) as of April 13, 2018. The bank will prioritise lending to enterprises in tourism, agriculture, micro finance and small and cottage industry sectors. SME financing will cover both daily business operations and capital expenditure. "This project is part of a concerted effort by IFC in the Nepali financial sector to enable local banks to access long term US dollar resources,” as per the disclosure.
Global IME Bank has a network of 129 branches across the country. The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse)-listed bank is 51.2 per cent owned by the promoter group while the remaining is held by the public. IME Group, chaired by Chandra Prasad Dhakal, is engaged in a number of sectors including banking and insurance, automobiles, energy, logistics, IT, infrastructure and tourism.
IFC has also proposed a $15 million investment in NMB Bank to support its lending activities in the SME space. IFC has been present in Nepal started since 1956 and is among a handful of organisations financing sectors like agribusiness, transportation and trade finance. In 2015, IFC financed $7 million equity in Business Oxygen (BO2) – a private equity fund in Nepal – followed by a $7.3 million add on investment in the fund.

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