Proparco, Coronation Merchant Bank partner to increase access to trade finance in Nigeria
Proparco announced a $20 million Trade Finance Guarantee Facility for Coronation Merchant Bank (CMB), to establish and deepen partnerships with correspondent banks, thereby increasing access to trade finance in Nigeria.
Established in 1993 as Associated Discount House, CMB obtained a merchant banking license from the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2015 and became Coronation Merchant Bank. It is mainly active in corporate, investment and Trade Finance operations.
Emmanuel Haye, Head, Proparco FI debt group for Africa: ''Proparco and Coronation Merchant Bank are collaborating for the first time with this trade finance operation. This transaction will enable Coronation Merchant Bank Limited to finance more commodity imports, which are essential to support the Nigeria’s economy, which has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and now the global supply chain disruptions.''
Coordinated by the Mandated Sole Arranger Blend Financial Services, this facility under the Proparco’s Trade Finance Guarantee Programme will enable Coronation Merchant Bank to issue Trade Finance instruments for up to $20 million, with a 100% guarantee from the AFD Group. The programme secures trade transactions and facilitates trade relations between Nigerian importers and international exporters for essential commodities.
Vaibhavi Thakkar, CEO, Blend Financial Services: ''The facility was targeted to bring about a comprehensive solution that provided 100% coverage of the import contracts of the Bank’s clients helping CMB to access multiple banking partners and boost their trade activities. Blend’s advisory services to CMB in partnership with Proparco underscores our commitment to supporting Financial Insitutions across the continent to keep trade flowing and allow crucial capital access during these times of increasing global economic uncertainty.''
Banjo Adegbohungbe, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Coronation Merchant Bank: ''We are delighted to collaborate with Proparco as we jointly offer trade finance solutions to enable our customers achieve their business objectives while playing our part in the recovery of the Nigerian economy. This partnership is in line with our strategy and is a significant milestone for the bank.''