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IFC FINALIZES FIRST EQUITY INVESTMENT IN RUSSIA’S BANKING SECTOR —Toribank—


Brigid Janssen
Phone: (202) 458-4698
Fax: (202) 974-4384
E-mail: bjanssen@ifc.org


MOSCOW, RUSSIA, April 21—The International Finance Corporation has made its first direct equity investment in Russia’s banking sector, investing in Toribank, a Russian commercial bank that has gained prominence over the past two years as a rapidly evolving market player among the larger banks. The IFC investment will support Toribank’s development and growth, including the expansion of its branch network and entry into project finance. IFC took a minority stake of 8% as part of Toribank’s capital increase.

The investment reflects IFC’s strategy of supporting the development of sound institutions that will contribute to the development of Russia’s banking sector.  To date, IFC has approved more than US$100 million of investments in Russia’s financial market infrastructure and approximately US$ 400 million in other forms of investment in the country.


Edward Nassim, the Director of IFC’s Eastern European operations called Toribank a dynamic, young player in Russia’s banking sector that has made impressive strides over the past few years.


Toribank, established in December 1991, is Russia’s 22nd largest bank in terms of assets and one of the country’s most important government securities dealers and ruble clearing banks.  Toribank is also noted because it established  an interbank clearing network that provides a wide range of banking services to more than  500 small and medium-sized banks throughout the CIS.  The Bank’s assets totaled US$ 810 million at year-end 1997 and total equity reached US$122 million following a capital increase of US$40 million in December.


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters economic growth in the developing world by financing private sector investments, mobilizing capital in the international finance markets, and providing technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.


For further information, please contact Julia Zilberman or Maria Kozloski at IFC in Moscow or Dmitri Philin at Toribank in Moscow.