The first risk-sharing facility
in the Chilean market will also support export flows of about US$ 1 billion
Santiago, Chile, January 21, 2020 —Santander
and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have signed a $300 million unfunded
risk-sharing facility to support the increase of access to climate finance
and the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Chile. The facility
will contribute to the sustainable economic growth of the Chilean economy
by helping develop a climate financing market and create employment.
This facility will enable Santander to promote the origination of mainly
climate-related loans, helping Chile meet its nationally determined contributions
(NDCs) under the Paris climate agreement. In addition, this risk-sharing
arrangement will allow the expansion of Santander’s financing for SMEs,
which contribute to over 66% of total employment in Chile but face a finance
gap of US$ 8.4 billion, or circa 4% of Chile’s GDP.
This is the first risk-sharing facility in the Chilean market, and it allows
IFC and Santander to share the risk of a given portfolio of trade assets
on a 50-50% basis. The underlying trade assets are primarily export-driven
and expected to total approximately $1 billion of Chilean export flows
in three years.
“We are very proud to be part of this alliance with IFC, which will help
more companies in the country decide to invest in climate initiatives.
All this is very much in line with the policy that the Santander Group
has assumed worldwide in terms of sustainability and that reinforces the
commitment acquired in 2019, when we became one of the signatories of the
Principles of Responsible Banking of the United Nations”, explains Miguel
Mata, CEO of Santander Chile.
“We are excited to partner with Santander in this innovative financial
instrument, which will help open the path for more private sector investments
in climate projects in Chile. The support of the private sector is critical
for Chile to promote sustainable finance and develop a low-carbon, climate-resilient
economy,” said David Tinel, IFC Country Manager for Argentina, Chile,
Paraguay and Uruguay. “Fostering the economic growth in emerging markets
aligned with the sustainable management of their natural resources is one
of IFC’s key strategic objectives as a development institution,” he added.
In the last five fiscal years, IFC invested over $10 billion in the financial
sector in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, in long-term investments,
including mobilization. The risk-sharing facility with Santander is part
of IFC’s strategic focus on supporting local financial markets to achieve
development impact. IFC aims to achieve this goal using innovative financial
products and mobilization, fostering micro, small and medium enterprises,
encouraging corporate social responsibility, protecting natural resources
through environmentally-sustainable business practices, and promoting business
expansion into other emerging markets.
In the fiscal year 2019, IFC’s long-term investments in the Latin America
and the Caribbean region across all sectors totaled $6.2 billion, including
$3.7 billion mobilized from other investors, representing almost 33% of
IFC’s long-term investments and mobilization that fiscal year. For more
information about IFC in Latin America and the Caribbean, visit www.ifc.org/lac.
Banco Santander Chile is one of the largest banks in Chile in terms of
loans. As of September 30, 2019, we had total assets of Ch$46,579 billion,
outstanding loans net of allowances for loan losses of Ch$31,081 billion,
total deposits of Ch$22,868 billion and equity of Ch$3,358 billion. Our
BIS ratio at September 2019 was 12.8% with a core capital ratio of 10.2%.
Our long-term credit risk ratings are A1 by Moody’s, A by Fitch, A by
Standard and Poor’s and A+ by JCR.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than
$19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.