By rasheedakinshola • 12th Mar 2019 • 15 views • 0 comments

Lagos – Access Bank Plc  yesterday announced that it has signed a Subordinated Syndicated Loan Agreement totaling $162.5 million.

The facility has been arranged by FMO, the Dutch development bank, and is provided together with BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV), Blue Orchard Microfinance Fund, CDC Group plc, DEG 

The facility will qualify as Tier-II capital, which will enable Access Bank to roll out its five-year strategy of becoming Africa’s gateway to the world.

Part of that strategy is also to deepen the footprint in the retail segment as well as increasingly support local Micro, Small, and Medium-size Enterprises, thereby supporting job creation in the Nigerian economy.

Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Access Bank, speaking on the transaction said: “We are pleased to have worked with a world-class group of lenders on this transaction. The deal further reinforces the fact that our institution remains globally respected and reputable. The syndicated facility is geared towards supporting the bank’s efforts to promote the growth and job creation potential of the private sector through improved access to financing.

“Additionally, specific attention will also be paid to strengthening Micro, Small and Medium-size enterprises as many have been held back due to a lack of access to finance. We believe this relationship will be the beginning of many more international partnerships with such entities.”

Linda Broekhuizen, Chief Investment Officer of FMO said: “FMO is proud to be the Mandated Lead Arranger for this landmark transaction. Through this transaction, FMO strengthens its long-standing relationship and commitment to our well-reputed client Access Bank.  All lenders are pleased to be significant contributors to fostering the Nigerian economy and supporting job creation.

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