Washington, D.C., July 2, 2003 — The
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the
World Bank Group, is to invest US$10.0 million in the Mexmal Group, a Mexico-based
IT Systems distributor of information technology, components and systems
and the leading local computer manufacturer in Mexico.
In addition to distributing the products of major global manufacturers,
Mexmal distributes its own brand of products, “Alaska”, which offers
similar quality and service as international brands, but at more affordable
prices. Mexmal also provides technical assistance and training to its extensive
network of authorized integrators and resellers.
IFC's investment will help Mexmal to increase its geographic coverage and
expand its services and solutions offerings particularly targeting Mexico's
consumer and Small and Medium Entreprise market. IFC had closed an
investment of US$ 6.0 million in June 2002 with Qualita, the
leading Mexican IT services firm which serves the corporate market. Both
investments indicate IFC’s interest in supporting companies that transfer
best of breed international IT solutions and know how to adapt these solutions
to the local market.
Mohsen Khalil, the World Bank Group's Director for Global Information and
Communication Technologies (GICT), said: "This investment in Mexmal
demonstrates IFC’s continued support to the IT sector in Mexico
and will help bring world class solutions to individuals, SMEs and government
agencies in Mexico. We consider this investment to be very complimentary
to our earlier investment in Qualita in terms of the type of offering and
the target customers.”
"In today's global context, further development in Mexico and Latin
America of high value-added sectors, such as IT, are critical for the medium-
and long-term growth in the Region", said Bernard Pasquier, IFC’s
Director for Latin America and The Caribbean Region. ""This
investment is clearly along this line."
Mexmal was started in 1992 by two entrepreneurs, Patrick Wong and Alfredo
Flores, who have grown the group to become the leading independent information
technology systems distributor and solution provider in Mexico employing
about 350 people.
Patrick Wong, co-founder and CEO of Mexmal, noted: "the Mexmal Group
is very excited about the new financing provided by IFC. This investment
fits perfectly into our long-term strategy for growth and expansion in
Mexico, one of the most important emerging markets in Latin America. We
appreciate IFC's commitment to Mexico's private IT sector and we are confident
that our partnership with IFC will result in more successful projects in
the near future."
Mexmal is headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, its operations
are widespread across the Mexican countryside, where it serves a large
number of smaller cities and towns through a network of eight branches.
In March 2003, Mexmal has opened its ninth branch in the main urban
market of Mexico City.
IFC's mission (www.ifc.org)
is to promote sustainable private sector investment in emerging market
economies. IFC finances private sector investments in the emerging
markets, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, and
provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.
From its founding in 1956 through FY02, IFC committed more than $34 billion
of its own funds and arranged $21 billion in syndications for 2,825 companies
in 140 developing countries. IFC's committed portfolio as of FY02 was $15.1
billion for its own account and $6.5 billion held for participants in loan
The World Bank Group's Global Information and Communication Technologies
Department (www.worldbank.org/ict) promotes the transfer of communications
and information technologies to the developing world. The Information Technologies
Investments Division, part of GICT, is a stage-independent investor with
an exclusive focus on building successful information technology businesses
in the emerging markets. Formed in mid-2000, the group brings a global
perspective to information technology, a long-term approach to investments,
an ability to leverage the resources of the entire World Bank Group as
well as a commitment to maximize the value of its portfolio companies through
sustained strategic assistance.