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In Panama, Proparco has allocated a loan to Capital Bank, a bank which assists SMEs and supports women’s entrepreneurship.
Client presentation

Capital Bank is the 5th largest Panamanian-owned bank in terms of assets (USD 1.5bn balance sheet). It is a dynamic and innovative bank with a well-established SME strategy.

Project description

The financing will support the development of SME lending in Panama (70% of the credit line), as well as financial inclusion for women who manage or own SMEs (30% of the credit line). This financing is part of the 2X Challenge initiative. These two uses of funds are fully in line with the strategy of Capital Bank, which has strengthened its expertise in serving SMEs over its 11 years in operation and is now demonstrating its commitment to contribute to the inclusion of women entrepreneurs.

Project impact

By supporting the growth of SMEs, this operation will contribute to the development of Panama’s economic base.
Proparco’s financing will contribute to increasing Capital Bank’s SME portfolio. Over the next 5 years, the bank’s SME portfolio could increase by 25% compared to the bank’s current outstanding loans to SMEs. The operation will also contribute to maintaining and creating local jobs. 
As women SME managers will have easier access to credit, this project is contributing to reducing gender inequalities. 

23/10/2019
Date of signature of the project
Panama
Location
Financing tool
18 340 210 Euros
Amount of funding
USD 20m senior loan
Financing details
Capital Bank, Inc.
Client
CES