MANILA, PHILIPPINES (22 November 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Deutsche Bank AG today announced an agreement to enter into a supply chain finance (SCF) transaction under ADB’s Supply Chain Finance Program (SCFP). The SCF will provide over $200 million in annual financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across developing Asia.

The program will support SME suppliers to United Arab Emirates-headquartered Landmark Group, a major retailer in the Middle East. Most of the suppliers who benefit from the arrangement are located in Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, India, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam.

“This deal under our SCFP with Deutsche Bank to support Landmark’s SME suppliers in developing Asia is really exciting for us,” said Steven Beck, Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at ADB.  “We appreciate Deutsche Bank and Landmark’s partnership and look forward to replicating the arrangement in more supply chains.”

While the SCFP provides guarantees in supply chain finance structures, its scope also covers funded supply chain financing as well. ADB and Deutsche Bank’s partnership will enable SME suppliers to gain better access to working capital and should therefore contribute to SME growth, enhancing their ability to create jobs in their home markets.

“This unique financing structure, the first of its kind, will help global retailers like the Landmark Group to utilize this approach to impact the cash flows of suppliers across emerging markets in a positive way,” said Harold Leenen, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Middle East & Africa at Deutsche Bank. “As an institution, we are proud to have jointly developed this structure with our transaction partners.”

“We would like to thank our partners ADB & Deutsche Bank for developing this Supply Chain Financing program. This will enhance our relationships with Asian SME suppliers and pave the way for other such programs. In addition, we would reap the benefits backed by the AAA rating of ADB and efficient solution delivery by Deutsche Bank.” said Rajesh Garg, Group Chief Financial Officer, Landmark Group.

Landmark Retail Ltd Group’s objective through this program is to build reliable and sustainable relationships with its suppliers in developing Asia.

Backed by its AAA credit rating, ADB's SCFP complements its successful Trade Finance Program. The SCFP shares risk with partner banks and improves liquidity within supply chains, mostly for SMEs. This support to SMEs in developing Asia contributes to growth and job creation.

For further information, please contact:

Erik Churchill
Asian Development Bank
Phone: + 63 (0) 2 683 1905     Mobile: + 63 999 999 1905
Email: [email protected]

Stuart Haslam
Deutsche Bank, Head of Communications & CSR – MEA & Turkey
Phone: +971 (0) 4 4283 860    Mobile: +971 (0) 56 1993 599
Email: [email protected]

Surekha Dsouza
Landmark Group, Head - Corporate Communications & CSR
Phone: +971 (0) 4 5174 050
Email: [email protected]

About Asian Development Bank

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2016, ADB assistance totalled $31.7 billion, including $14 billion in co-financing.

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About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium‐sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

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About Landmark Group

Founded in 1973 in Bahrain, the Landmark Group has successfully grown into one of the largest and most successful retail organizations in the Middle East and India. An international, diversified retail and hospitality conglomerate that encourages entrepreneurship to consistently deliver exceptional value, the group operates over 2,200 outlets encompassing over 30 million square feet across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian sub-continent.

Landmark Group has a strong workforce of over 55,000 employees and provides a value-driven product range for the family through its retail concepts: Centrepoint, Babyshop, Splash, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle, Iconic, Max, Shoexpress, Home Centre, Home Box, and Emax. In addition to the brands developed in-house, the group also holds the franchise rights for some of the world's leading fashion and footwear brands in the countries where it operates.

The group has also diversified in the leisure, food, and hospitality with Landmark Leisure, Balance Spa & Salon, Citymax Hotels, Fitness First, and Foodmark, the restaurant division, which operates the group's own and franchise food outlets.

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