Access Bank Secures $162.5m Syndicated Loan


Obinna Chima

Access Bank Plc yesterday announced that it has signed a subordinated syndicated loan agreement totaling $162.5 million.

The facility was arranged by FMO, a Dutch Development Bank, and was provided together with the BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV), Blue Orchard Microfinance Fund, CDC Group Plc, DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH), Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd), Oikocredit (Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A.) and the European Financing Partners S.A, funded by the European Investment Bank, which acted on behalf of the European Community and Norfund (Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries).

A statement from Access Bank yesterday, revealed that FMO acted as the mandated lead arranger and would be the facility agent.

The facility qualifies as tier-II capital, which would enable Access Bank to roll out its five-year strategy of becoming Africa’s gateway to the world, the statement added.

“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,” it stated.

Speaking on the transaction, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer at Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe 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.”

Also, the Chief Investment Officer at FMO, Linda Broekhuizen 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.”