WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 1999 --- The
International Finance Corporation has launched a South African Rand 100
million borrowing (approximately US$16.3 million) under its Global Medium
Term Note program. The 5-year notes carry a coupon of 13.75 percent
and an issue price of 101.025 percent. The proceeds of the issue
were swapped into US dollar floating rate funds. The lead manager
was Toronto Dominion Securities, London.
This transaction on July 12, 1999 represents the third borrowing for the
fiscal year 2000, and brings IFC's market borrowings for FY00 to about
US$266 million. The funds which IFC raises in the international capital
markets are used to support the operations of IFC, including funding its
The mission of IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to promote private
sector investment in developing countries, which will reduce poverty and
improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the
developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets,
and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.
Its long-term debt is rated triple-A by both Standard & Poor's
and Moody's Investors Service.