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Who is our customer

Banco Financiera Comercial (Banco Ficohsa) is the largest bank in Honduras with total assets of US$ 2.9bn. Banco Ficohsa is a universal bank servicing corporate, SME and retail segments. The institution is very active in the financing of (renewable) energy projects in the country and the region. Banco Ficohsa is part of Grupo Financiero Ficohsa, S.A. which also has banking operations in Panama, Guatemala and - since recently - Nicaragua. FMO currently holds a 6% equity interest in Banco Ficohsa.

What is our funding objective?

FMO's US$ 30 million A loan will be used for the financing of renewable energy projects, mainly solar power, in Honduras. The B Loan, provided by Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), will be used to support general portfolio growth. The A/B facility will allow Banco Ficohsa to continue lending to productive sectors in Honduras, including to longer term projects such as in the renewable energy sector.

Why do we fund this investment?

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America and banking penetration is still very limited with a Credit/GDP ratio of 55.2%. Many households remain disconnected from the electricity grid and the energy mix in the country is heavily dependent on fossil fuel. This facility will allow Banco Ficohsa, to increase lending to renewable energy projects. It will thereby support the improvement of Honduras' energy mix and increase the availability of cleaner energy to households and companies within the country.

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Date Total FMO financing
7/12/2018 EUR 0.01 MLN
Latin America & The Caribbean
Financial Institutions
Effective date
End date
Total FMO financing
USD 30.00 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)