IIC Will Provide Long-Term Financing To Small And Medium-Size Honduran Companies

01/27/1999

Long-term loans will allow Banco Financiera Comercial Hondureña, S. A. to expand its lending activities in Honduras WASHINGTON, D.C. - On January 27, 1999, the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) approved a $4 million senior loan and a $3 million subordinated loan to Banco Financiera Comercial Hondureña, S.A. (Ficohsa) in Honduras. The senior loan will provide small and medium-size Honduran enterprises with medium and long-term financing. The subordinated loan will strengthen Ficohsa's capital structure and will also be used for on-lending to Honduran companies in productive sectors. It should also be noted that the subordinated loan will allow Ficohsa to become the first bank in Honduras to benefit from this type of financing.

Through IIC's funding, Ficohsa will focus on lending to companies in the industrial and agribusiness sectors, which are in great need of medium and long-term funds to rebuild their productive capacity after Hurricane Mitch, as well as to take advantage of new business opportunities and contribute to the growth of the Honduran private sector.

The operation is expected to create 450 jobs, generate $15 million in foreign exchange, and contribute $45 million to the Honduran GDP.

Contact: Steven Reed

Telephone: (202) 623-3981

Email: stevenr@iadb.org