Credit Libanais - Regional TFP and SME loan



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

19 Jun 2019



PSD disclosed:

15 May 2019

Translated version of this PSD: Arabic

Project Description

Provision of (i) a TFP limit of USD 50 million to Credit Libanais SAL ("CL") and (ii) a loan of up to USD 50 million to CL in order to on-lend to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises ("MSMEs") in Lebanon.

Project Objectives

The TFP limit will support CL in serving its trade finance customers, while the loan will be used to onlend to MSMEs in Lebanon.

Transition Impact

The trade finance limit will support CL's documentary operations and will provide a source of funding for pre-export and post-import financing and local distribution of imported goods.

The EBRD loan will increase the availability of finance to MSMEs in Lebanon, allowing greater access to finance for this largely underserved segment.

Client Information


Credit Libanais SAL is Lebanon's 9th largest bank with assets of USD 12.4 billion. It was established in 1961.

CL operates through 71 branches in Lebanon complemented by a branch in Cyprus, a branch in Bahrain, 2 branches in Iraq, a subsidiary in Senegal and a Representative Office in Montreal, Canada. CL also owns an investment bank, Islamic bank, a leasing company and an insurance company that are domiciled in Lebanon.

Through its local and foreign network, CL offers a broad array of financial products and services that embrace retail, corporate, investment banking, Islamic banking, leasing, micro-finance and SME funding that can be tailored to our client's needs.

CL is a pioneer in e-banking services, operating a wide network of ATMs and POS, an advanced Call Centre and internet banking services that its customers can easily and securely access from anywhere in the world.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 50,000,000.00
TFP limit

USD 50,000,000.00
SME loan

Total Project Cost

USD 50,000,000.00
TFP limit

USD 50,000,000.00
SME loan

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2014). CL will be required to comply with the Bank's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 and implement the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for SME and Micro Loans. The bank will also be required to submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the EBRD by completing the EBRD's FI Sustainability Index.

Technical Cooperation

Company Contact Information

Anthony Jabbour - Head of Financial Institutions
+961 1 608250

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