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L. Joseph
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 23—IFC has structured and arranged a US$300 million collateralized loan facility for Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) Loan Trust, a special purpose Mexican trust established to acquire and hold pools of long-term loans originated by Mexico's largest bank, Banamex, to middle market companies in Mexico.

This transaction is IFC's largest ever financial sector operation and has several innovative features.  It is the first time that the Corporation has made a loan to a special purpose trust to purchase loan assets from a commercial bank. The facility has enabled the trust to match-fund its portfolio of ten and five year loans through a creative borrowing structure, which has enabled a larger fund mobilization at reduced costs.  Further, by showing that bank loans can be successfully transferred to a Mexican trust on a commercial basis, the facility will help achieve securitization of corporate and other loans in Mexican bank portfolios.

IFC's financing package consists of a US$100 million loan for IFC's own account and a US$200 million loan for the account of  participants.  The first tranche of the facility of approximately US$139 million was disbursed on November 26, 1997 and was used by the trust to acquire a pool of 21 ten and five year loans, which represent companies in a wide range of sectors such as auto-parts, agribusiness, construction materials, tourism, textiles, pharmaceuticals and paper.  IFC worked closely with Banamex to ensure that all loans met eligibility criteria established by IFC.  Banamex has provided a letter of  credit and a liquidity facility to support the trust's obligations.

"We are delighted to arrange, in close co-operation and partnership with Banamex, this innovative long-term financing package for Mexican middle market companies," said Mr. Jemal-ud-din Kassum, IFC's Vice-President for Investment Operations.  "This transaction builds on IFC's strong tradition of developing innovative mechanisms to meet client needs and we hope to replicate this and similar financing structures elsewhere."

IFC, a member of  the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral source of equity and loan financing for private sector projects in developing countries.