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IFC LAUNCHES CZECH KORUNA 500 MILLION GLOBAL MEDIUM TERM NOTES OFFERING


John Borthwick
Phone: (202) 473-6797


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11—On June 11, 1997, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched a Czech Koruna bond issue for the amount of CZK 500 million (approximately US$16 million equivalent) under its Global Medium Term Note program. This is IFC's fourth issue in the Euro Czech koruna market. The one-year notes carry an annual coupon of 16 percent and were issued at a price of 100.90 percent. The proceeds of the issue will be swapped into U.S. dollar floating-rate funds.
The lead manager of the issue is Hambros Bank Ltd., London. The syndicate group comprises 11 additional financial institutions which are active in the Slovak koruna market.
This transaction brings IFC's market borrowings during the fiscal year 1997, which began on July 1, 1996, to about US$4.1 billion.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral source of financing for private sector companies in developing countries. Its long-term debt is rated triple A by both Standard & Poor's Corp. and Moody's Investors Service.