March 28, 2012, Washington, D.C.—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has made its first insurance investment
in Chile, providing $10 million to Aseguradora Magallanes to help expand
the availability of insurance to underserved small businesses in the country.
IFC’s equity investment will enable
Magallanes, a leading insurance company, to make to make general insurance
products—such as life and agribusiness insurance—more widely available
in Chile. It is also expected to act as a catalyst for more investors to
come enter the market, both in Chile and in the rest of the Southern Cone
”We are very pleased to be IFC’s first
insurance partner in the Southern Cone,” said Fernando Varela, General
Manager of Magallanes said, “This is a huge vote of confidence for Magallanes’
current and future strategic plans, as we will be able to leverage on IFC’s
global network to obtain insights, contacts, and strategic support. We
believe that this is the beginning of a long-term partnership between the
two institutions and the first project of many more to come”.
Pablo Verra, IFC’s leader for Financial
Markets in the Southern Cone, said: “IFC will work with Magallanes to
develop and expand their insurance operations and export their insurance
knowledge in areas they have pioneered, such as agribusiness, to other
markets in the region, leveraging IFC’s extended presence and expertise.”
IFC invests in the insurance sector because
businesses and individuals alike benefit from the increased availability
of insurance products. Such products allow businesses to take on the risks
necessary for stronger growth, contribute to the deepening of capital markets,
and increase the financial stability of individuals and families by protecting
them from unexpected adversity. In Chile, IFC focuses on companies that
are sustainable, can create jobs, and help modernize the sector. Such investments
and development can serve as a role model for the region.
Magallanes is a Chilean insurer, owned
mostly by local entrepreneurs and controlled by Nalac S.A. The company
has been providing top-class insurance products to its Chilean clients
for 56 years and serves over 500,000 clients, leveraging a network of 21
branches nationwide and an extended network of brokers.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth
by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and
governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets.
In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, we helped our
clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute
to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time
high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.