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ARGENTINE COMPANY RECEIVES FINANCING FROM IFC AND DARBY OVERSEAS TO EXPAND REGIONAL INVESTMENTS IN PRIVATE INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES


IFC: Jannette Esguerra
Phone: (202) 458-5204
Fax: (202) 974-4384
E-mail:  jesguerra@ifc.org


Darby:  Robert D. Graffam
Phone:  (202) 872-0500
Fax:      (202) 872-1816


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 1999 - The International Finance Corporation and Darby Overseas Investments today signed agreements to invest in Concesiones y Construcciones de Infraestructura S.A. (CCI), an Argentine toll road operator and construction company. IFC will invest up to $40 million and Darby will invest up to $20 million in equity and quasi-equity to help CCI expand its activities in Latin America.
This is the first investment being made by Darby's new Darby Latin American Mezzanine Fund (DLAMF).
The investments will provide CCI with the long-term financing needed to expand its activities in the management, operation, and construction of private toll road concessions in the region. It will support CCI's expansion plans, including investments of over $200 million, which mainly focus on private toll road concessions in Latin America and have total project costs of up to $1.8 billion. The investments will also support CCI's plan to list its shares.
"Our investment in CCI is an example of IFC's support for medium-sized companies in the region, helping their expansion into neighboring countries and enabling the transfer of know-how and experience in infrastructure," said Declan Duff, IFC Director of the Telecommunications, Transportation and Utilities Department.
Nicholas Brady, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darby, said, "I am delighted that we are joining with IFC in this investment in CCI. This is the first investment by our new mezzanine finance fund and it will not only benefit Argentina, but assist CCI with its broader regional objectives."
Darby is a private emerging markets investment firm. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the firm was founded by Nicholas F. Brady, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. It invests in companies in Latin America through its private equity fund, and in a wide array of other equity and fixed income assets. Darby's investors are institutions and high net worth individuals.
The mission of IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to promote private sector investment in developing countries, which will reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.