Project detail - B.L.C. BANK S.A.L


Status: Completed investment
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Who is our customer

BLC Bank sal is a Lebanese Joint Stock Company based in Beirut, Lebanon. It was incorporated in 1950 as a family-owned bank, making it one of the oldest banks in Lebanon. The bank and its subsidiaries are primarily involved in investment, corporate and retail banking across Lebanon and Cyprus. The corporate banking segment offers credit facilities, project finance and payroll services to corporate and institutional clients. The retail segment offers deposit accounts, insurance products and loans. The private banking segment offers capital guaranteed products, equities, f/x and bond trading. The bank operates a network of over 50 branches across Lebanon. BLC Bank is particularly active in SME and women lending in Lebanon and gradually became a bank of reference in the retail sector with innovative consumer products. Its "We Initiative" program provides the bank with a competitive edge in the women lending segment in Lebanon. Fransabank SAL (also a client of FMO) is the ultimate parent of the Bank with 68.58% of shares. BLC Bank's subsidiaries are BLC Finance (98.99%), BLC Services (90.67%) and USB Bank - Cyprus (99.25%). The bank's shares are listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange.

What is our funding objective?

Our Trade Finance Limit supports BLC Bank in its objective to expand its financial services to SME and corporate clients and become a bank of reference in this segment. By taking away country and counterparty risk, it allows the bank to build and maintain relationship with international banks.

Why do we fund this investment?

BLC Bank's innovative approach to women and SME lending in addition to its widespread branch network in Lebanon is line with FMO's target to expand its presence in Lebanon. BLC is a subsidiary of Fransabank Group (FMO client, #4 bank in Lebanon). A transaction with BLC therefore deepens FMO's strategic partnership with the group.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

The facility has been categorized as Category B in accordance with FMO's Sustainability Policy. The trade finance activities are deemed to have potential limited adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts. As part of this facility, BLC Bank will be required to apply the EDFI Exclusion List and national E&S laws and regulations.

Website customer/investment
Financial Institutions
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Total FMO financing
USD 6.00 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)