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IFC Invests in First City Monument Bank to Support Growth, SME Financing


In Lagos
Chijioke Nworka
Phone: +234 1 279-9408
Email: rnworka@ifc.org
In Johannesburg
Desmond Dodd
Phone: +27 11 731 3179
Email: ddodd@ifc.org
In Washington
John McNally

Email: jmcnally@ifc.org



Lagos, Nigeria, November 29, 2010 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a $70 million investment in First City Monument Bank Plc to support the Nigerian bank’s growth strategy and help it increase financing of small and medium enterprises. IFC’s investment will consist of a long-term senior loan of $50 million and a convertible loan of $20 million.

First City Monument Bank and IFC also signed a cooperation agreement outlining areas for future partnership. They include acquisition finance of a distressed bank, co-financing on infrastructure projects, potential co-investment in an infrastructure project development investment company, and partnership in introducing new classes of assets to the pension industry.

Ladi Balogun, Group Managing Director, First City Monument Bank, said, “This partnership with IFC will help First City Monument Bank achieve our strategic growth objectives. We view IFC’s investment as a stamp-of-approval on our strategy and commitment to good corporate governance and risk management.”

Solomon Adegbie-Quaynor, IFC’s Country Manager for Nigeria, said, “IFC is committed to supporting the full recovery of Nigeria’s banking system, and our investment in First City Monument Bank reflects this strategy. IFC is particularly well positioned to support growth by well-managed banks and the expansion of their SME lending business.”

This transaction is part of IFC’s ongoing strategy to support the banking sector in Nigeria and across emerging markets in the aftermath of recent market turmoil by:

  • Providing long-term financing to help well-managed banks achieve growth objectives and improving their reach to underserved segments, such as infrastructure and SMEs
  • Helping partner banks improve corporate governance, risk management, and in developing robust environmental and social monitoring systems
  • Supporting the recapitalization efforts of distressed banks

IFC’s investment in First City Monument Bank is expected to improve access to long-term credit, particularly among Nigerian companies focused on agribusiness and education. Both sectors are important to Nigeria’s economy, and include many small and medium-sized businesses that would benefit from increased access to finance.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.

About FCMB
First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB) is the parent company and flagship of a leading financial services group, known as First City Group. The group has over 33 years of operating history and is predominantly a wholesale banking group with a niche retail business. It operates through 150 branches in Nigeria, a subsidiary in the United Kingdom and a representative office in South Africa. FCMB is one of the best capitalized banks in Nigeria with excellent growth prospects and a strong pedigree.