Bucharest, Romania, June 6, 2017—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has issued a 70 million Romanian Lei
(RON) bond—equivalent to approximately $17 million—as a
private placement. This is IFC’s first local currency issuance in Romanian
Leu, following the recent consent of the government of Romania.
The bond is issued under IFC’s Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) program.
Under the program, IFC can issue bonds denominated in many currencies when
market opportunities align with the funding needs of IFC’s private sector
The bond comes with a one-year maturity and was sold to a combination of
international and domestic investors. The bond issuance supports IFC’s
private sector investment in Romania.
“The issuance of IFC’s first RON denominated bond is in line with IFC’s
strategy to source long-term funding in an increasing number of currencies
and expand the menu of local currency financing options for our clients,”
said Jingdong Hua, IFC Vice President and Treasurer.
The bond issuance also fits into IFC’s strategy of mobilizing international
and domestic investors to provide local currency financing for strategic
sectors of the economy and mitigate foreign exchange risk for its borrowers.
Societe Generale acted as the sole arranger
for the bond. IFC has issued bonds in 25 local currencies in fiscal year
2017, including the Georgian lari, Kazakh tenge, Brazilian real, Colombian
peso, Singaporean dollar, Indian rupee, and Nigerian naira.
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