PANAMA CITY, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. ("Bladex" or the "Bank";NYSE: BLX) announced today the recent closing of a US$100 million 3 and 5-year A/B Syndicated Term Facility for Paraguayan bank Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A.
Established in 1980, Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A. is the leading bank in Paraguay's financial system in terms of assets and loan portfolio. The bank provides a wide range of banking and financial services to a diversified customer base of over 100,000 clients in the corporate, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and retail segments, through more than 69 full-service branches located across the country.
The transaction, co-arranged with the Dutch Development Bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. ("FMO"), consisted of a US$47 million 5-year A-Loan and a US$53 million 3-year B-Loan (the "A/B Loan", the "Facility", or the "Transaction").
The deal constitutes the second international syndicated facility co-arranged by Bladex and FMO for Banco ContinentalS.A.E.C.A., following a US$50 million A/B syndicated term facility successfully closed in 2014.
Teresa Gaona, Director of Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A., affirmed: "The syndicated facilities, co-arranged by FMO and Bladex, allow us to diversify our sources of medium-term funding and facilitate the financing of sustainable investments and job creation, which contribute to the country's economic and social development. The success of the transaction underscores the confidence of participating investors in the ample experience and solvency of Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A."
The A-Loan was provided by FMO and two other European development institutions: The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries ("BIO") and Triodos Investment Management, through its inclusive finance funds ("Triodos"). Bladex acted as co-arranger and B-Loan Bookrunner for the Facility.
Proceeds from the A-Loan will be used for on-lending to SMEs and the B-Loan will be used to support the general growth of Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A.'s loan portfolio.
Nanno Kleiterp, Chief Executive Officer of FMO, said: "FMO is proud to have co-arranged this facility for Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A. in Paraguay. It will provide much needed finance for SMEs, thereby supporting job creation and economic and social development."
The B-Loan attracted strong interest from eight financial institutions located in Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Panama, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago, of which four represented new banking relationships for Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A. The amount of the B-Loan was upsized to US$53 million, from an original target size of US$45 million.
Rubens V. Amaral Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Bladex, stated: "We are very pleased to continue to support the funding diversification efforts of our important client in Paraguay, Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A., and to team-up once again with FMO to structure and syndicate this facility. This transaction highlights Bladex's access to a wide network of regional and international financial institutions, helping Banco Continental S.A.E.C.A. access medium-term funding in a challenging and volatile environment."
The deal marks the seventh syndicated loan successfully arranged and closed this year by the Bank, which continues to be very active in the Latin American syndicated loan market.
Bladex is a multinational bank originally established in 1979 by the central banks of Latin-American and Caribbean countries in order to promote foreign trade finance and economic integration in the Region. The Bank, headquartered in Panama, also counts with offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States of America, supporting the regional expansion and servicing its customer base, which includes financial institutions and corporations.
Bladex is listed on the NYSE in the United States of America (NYSE: BLX), since 1992, and its shareholders include: central banks and state-owned banks and entities representing 23 Latin American countries; commercial banks and financial institutions; and institutional and retail investors through its public listing.
For further information, please access Bladex's website at www.bladex.com or contact:
Irma Garrido Arango - Senior Vicepresident, Corporate Development and Investor Relations E-mail address: [email protected], Tel.: (+507) 210-8559 Head Office Address: Torre V, Business Park, Ave. La Rotonda, Urb. Costa del Este, Panama, Republic of Panama