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IFC and Santander Sign a $300 million Facility to Boost Climate Loans and Support Small and Medium Enterprises in Chile


For IFC, in São Paulo:
Patricia Carvalho

Phone: (55 11) 5185-6873

E-mail:
pcarvalho@ifc.org

For Santander, in Santiago:

Francisco Opazo

Phone: (56 2) 26476382

E-mail:
francisco.opazo@santander.cl


The first risk-sharing facility in the Chilean market will also support export flows of about US$ 1 billion


Santiago, Chile, January 21, 2020 —Santander and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have signed a $300 million unfunded risk-sharing facility to support the increase of access to climate finance and the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Chile. The facility will contribute to the sustainable economic growth of the Chilean economy by helping develop a climate financing market and create employment.

This facility will enable Santander to promote the origination of mainly climate-related loans, helping Chile meet its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris climate agreement. In addition, this risk-sharing arrangement will allow the expansion of Santander’s financing for SMEs, which contribute to over 66% of total employment in Chile but face a finance gap of US$ 8.4 billion, or circa 4% of Chile’s GDP.


This is the first risk-sharing facility in the Chilean market, and it allows IFC and Santander to share the risk of a given portfolio of trade assets on a 50-50% basis. The underlying trade assets are primarily export-driven and expected to total approximately $1 billion of Chilean export flows in three years.


“We are very proud to be part of this alliance with IFC, which will help more companies in the country decide to invest in climate initiatives. All this is very much in line with the policy that the Santander Group has assumed worldwide in terms of sustainability and that reinforces the commitment acquired in 2019, when we became one of the signatories of the Principles of Responsible Banking of the United Nations”, explains Miguel Mata, CEO of Santander Chile.

   

“We are excited to partner with Santander in this innovative financial instrument, which will help open the path for more private sector investments in climate projects in Chile. The support of the private sector is critical for Chile to promote sustainable finance and develop a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy,” said David Tinel, IFC Country Manager for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. “Fostering the economic growth in emerging markets aligned with the sustainable management of their natural resources is one of IFC’s key strategic objectives as a development institution,” he added.


In the last five fiscal years, IFC invested over $10 billion in the financial sector in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, in long-term investments, including mobilization. The risk-sharing facility with Santander is part of IFC’s strategic focus on supporting local financial markets to achieve development impact. IFC aims to achieve this goal using innovative financial products and mobilization, fostering micro, small and medium enterprises, encouraging corporate social responsibility, protecting natural resources through environmentally-sustainable business practices, and promoting business expansion into other emerging markets.

In the fiscal year 2019, IFC’s long-term investments in the Latin America and the Caribbean region across all sectors totaled $6.2 billion, including $3.7 billion mobilized from other investors, representing almost 33% of IFC’s long-term investments and mobilization that fiscal year. For more information about IFC in Latin America and the Caribbean, visit
www.ifc.org/lac.

About Santander

Banco Santander Chile is one of the largest banks in Chile in terms of loans. As of September 30, 2019, we had total assets of Ch$46,579 billion, outstanding loans net of allowances for loan losses of Ch$31,081 billion, total deposits of Ch$22,868 billion and equity of Ch$3,358 billion. Our BIS ratio at September 2019 was 12.8% with a core capital ratio of 10.2%. Our long-term credit risk ratings are A1 by Moody’s, A by Fitch, A by Standard and Poor’s and A+ by JCR.


About IFC

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than $19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.

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