Panama City/Washington, D.C., August 14,
2007—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced today that it
will invest in Grupo Mundial Tenedora S.A. to support its regional expansion
and integration. This will enable the group to deliver insurance and banking
services to underserved market segments in Colombia and Central America.
The $70 million investment in Grupo Mundial, a financial conglomerate and
an IFC client, will comprise a $30 million equity investment for about
a 7 percent stake in the group and a $40 million long-term loan facility.
The IFC investment is subject to ratification by Grupo Mundial's shareholder
assembly on August 16.
Rodrigo Diaz, CEO of Grupo Mundial, said, “We consider IFC a strategic
partner with interests that align with our expansion in the region and
to new market segments. We have no doubt that IFC’s support will benefit
our company’s future plans as well as our customers and shareholders.”
Atul Mehta, IFC Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said, "Through
our investment in Grupo Mundial, IFC is supporting a truly regional player.
Given the fragmented nature of Central America’s financial sector, regional
players can bring economies of scale and scope to the smaller economies
and increase access to financial services."
Jyrki Koskelo, IFC Director for Global Financial Markets, said, “We are
very pleased to support Grupo Mundial through this follow-on investment.
As with our previous support for the group’s Banvivienda operations, this
new investment is consistent with our strategy in Central America and the
Andean region to help develop the insurance and financial markets and promote
business between emerging markets.”
IFC has helped develop the financial sector in Panama and throughout Central
America. IFC’s strategy is to support institutions that have a regional
focus and that seek to access the regional market through physical and
financial infrastructure. As of June 2007, IFC’s portfolio in Panama was
over $225 million. Its portfolio in Central America is $664 million in
40 projects, with $547 million invested for its own account and $117 million
for the account of participant banks.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth
in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing
capital in the international financial markets, and providing advisory
services to businesses and governments. IFC’s vision is that poor people
have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. In FY06,
IFC committed $8.3 billion, including syndications, to 284 investments
in 66 developing countries. For more information, please visit www.ifc.org.
About Grupo Mundial
Grupo Mundial is a financial conglomerate, with insurance and banking operations
in countries throughout Central America including Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The holding company was established
in 2005. Its main assets are Banvivienda and Aseguradora Mundial. Grupo
Mundial has been listed in the Panamanian Stock Exchange since December