Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Invests $14.4m in Equity in Philippine Resources (PR) Savings Banking Corporation to Expand Rural Operations

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a US-based development finance institution, recently announced an equity investment of PHP 650 million (USD 14.4 million) in Philippine Resources Savings Banking Corporation (PR Savings Bank), a rural commercial bank based in Cauayan City in the Philippines. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accel Invests $40m in Equity in UK-based WorldRemit, Provider of Remittances to 100 Countries

WorldRemit, a UK-based online money transfer service, recently announced that it has received an investment of USD 40 million from Accel Partners, a US-based venture capital firm, in exchange for an undisclosed stake in the company. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Capitalization Fund Invests $170m in Banco CorpBanca Colombia

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Capitalization Fund, an investment fund managed by an arm of the World Bank Group’s IFC, has announced a USD 170 million subordinated bond investment in Banco CorpBanca Colombia (CBC), a subsidiary of CorpBanca, a Chile-based commercial bank that is a subsidiary of Brazil’s Itau Unibanco. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank For Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Brings “Small Business Support” Facility to Jordan, Delivering Technical Assistance to Small, Medium-Sized Firms

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral financial institution headquartered in the UK, has brought its Small Business Support (SBS) facility for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Jordan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India-based Elevar Seeks to Raise $75m for Third Impact-Investing Private Equity Fund, Receives Commitment from Omidyar Network

Elevar Equity, an India-based private equity fund that is focused on “impact investing,” is seeking to raise USD 75 million for its third fund by the end of 2014. Elevar reportedly has received commitments of unspecified amounts from two investors, including US-based investment firm Omidyar Network. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: The Association of Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG) to Co-host “Impact and Microfinance Conference,” May 27, 2014, Luxembourg

Event Name: Impact and Microfinance Conference

Event Date: May 27, 2014

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Switzerland-based responsAbility Participations Completes Capital Increase of $26m to Increase Investments in Developing-Country Banks

ResponsAbility Participations AG, a Swiss investment company, reportedly has completed a capital increase of CHF 23.5 million (USD 26.4 million), bringing the company’s total equity capital to CHF 42.4 million (USD 47.6 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Loans $9.6m to Microfinance Institutions Grameen Koota of India, Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida) of Indonesia

Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of Dutch Triodos Bank, recently disbursed local currency loans totaling the equivalent of USD 9.6 million to Grameen Financial Services Private Limited (Grameen Koota), a non-banking financial company (NBFC) in India, and Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida), an Indonesian microfinance institution (MFI) [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Funding Trends for Inclusive Finance; Developments in Agricultural Microinsurance; Financial Inclusion in South Africa: Survey Results

Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion;” by Edlira Dashi, Estelle Lahaye and Ralitsa Rizvanolli; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2013; 4 pages; available at http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/Brief-Trends-in-International-Funding-for-Financial-Inclusion-Dec-2013.pdf

This report explores qualitative and quantitative data reflecting trends in the public and private capitalization of financial service providers offering inclusive finance products and services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Zwitserleven, Spoorweg Pensioenfonds, Pensioenfonds Openbaar Vervoer Invest in $135m SME Finance Fund of Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), Samenwerkende Nederlandse Spaarbanken (SNS) Impact Investing

Dutch pension insurer Zwitserleven, Dutch railway pension fund Spoorweg Pensioenfonds and Dutch public transport pension fund Pensioenfonds Openbaar Vervoer recently made the initial deposits to a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Finance Fund that has received a total of EUR 100 million (USD 134.5 million) for its first close from these and other undisclosed investors. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion Venture Lab Invests in Kenyan Mobile Money System Kopo Kopo, MeraDoctor of India

US-based nonprofit Accion has announced that its Accion Venture Lab, a USD 10 million investment vehicle that provides seed capital and management support to financial inclusion startups, has invested unspecified amounts of money in two companies: Kopo Kopo, a Kenya-based service that allows small businesses to accept customer payments through mobile phone; and MeraDoctor, which provides low-cost health insurance in India as well as 24-hour access to doctors by telephone that is intended to lessen health impacts by reducing delays in seeking care [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management Seeking to Raise $200m for “agRIF” Fund for Small-Scale Agriculture

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), a Belgium-based manager of microfinance investment funds including two “Rural Impulse Funds” (RIFs), has announced the launch of “agRIF”, which is targeted to raise USD 200 million to invest in institutions that provide financial services to “small-scale” farmers [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Dual Return Funds Loan $19m to Microfinance Institutions in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austrian firm that invests in microfinance and other sectors, recently informed MicroCapital that it issued loans equivalent to approximately USD 19 million during November 2013 through the Dual Return Funds it manages to microfinance institutions in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan and Mongolia [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FINCA Microfinance Holding Raises $48m from International Finance Corporation (IFC), Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden NV (FMO), responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund, Triodos

The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Microfinance Holding (FMH), a for-profit investment vehicle controlled by US-based NGO FINCA International, has announced that it has raised USD 48 million in a second round of investments [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Oxus Democratic Republic of Congo Opens New Branch, Increases Total Capital to $2.7m

Oxus Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a microfinance institution (MFI) that opened in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2012, recently raised an unspecified amount of funds to bring its total capital to USD 2.7 million. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The State of Microfinance Investment 2013,” Published by MicroRate

MicroRate, a for-profit microfinance rating agency based in the U.S., has recently released its eighth annual survey of international microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Investment Management of the Netherlands Sells Stake in Mongolian TenGer Financial Group to Orix, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mongolyn Alt Group

Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of financial service provider Triodos Bank of the Netherlands, recently announced that it has sold the majority of its 13.5% equity stake in TenGer Financial Group, a Mongolia-based microfinance institution, through its Triodos-Doen and Triodos Fair Share Funds [1]. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Overcoming Barriers to Agricultural Microfinance

At European Microfinance Week, which is hosted by Luxembourg’s 140-member European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), Daniela Rottger, a consultant to German development finance institution Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), spoke Wednesday about her study of the agricultural lending products offered by several African banks and microlenders. Continue reading

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