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IFC Provides $11 Million to Chilean Private Equity Fund, Proa II


In Washington, D.C.:

Adriana Gomez

Phone: (202) 458 5204

Email:
Agomez@ifc.org


Washington, D.C., November 23, 2004—The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has committed up to $11 million to Proa II Fondo, a $100 million Chilean private equity fund.  Proa II is a follow-on fund to Proa I, a $47 million fund of 1995 vintage.  

The fund plans to make 8 to 10 investments in mid-size Chilean companies that are reorienting their focus to export markets, that service export-oriented firms, or whose long-term competitive strategies are focused on developing economies of scale. It will also make further investments in selected companies that received funding from Proa I and that seek to broaden their businesses through international expansion.


The general partner of the fund is Proa S. A. Administradora de Fondos de Inversion.  Proa S.A. is sponsored by and a subsidiary of Moneda, one of Chile’s fastest-growing fund managers.  Moneda currently manages $446 million in assets.


Atul Mehta, IFC’s Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, noted, “Proa’s success in raising its second fund is an important boost to the Chilean private equity market.  IFC is seeking to facilitate access to financing for the country’s medium-size companies.  We are confident that this new fund, along with changes in legislation, will contribute to the strengthening and growth of dynamic mid-market enterprises.”


Haydee Celaya, IFC’s Director for Private Equity and Investment Funds, added, “Proa II's terms take into account lessons learned from successful funds in other emerging markets. The terms include lower management fees, shorter life, stronger fund governance, and environmental guidelines.  IFC’s support for Proa II sends a strong signal to the institutional investor community and supports the Chilean government’s program to institutionalize private equity.”


The mission of IFC (
www.ifc.org) is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses. From its founding in 1956 through FY04, IFC has committed more than $44 billion of its own funds and arranged $23 billion in syndications for 3,143 companies in 140 developing countries. IFC’s worldwide committed portfolio as of FY04 was $17.9 billion for its own account and $5.5 billion held for participants in loan syndications.