Regional: Equity Investment in CreditAccess Asia

Nonsovereign Project | 50239-001

Equity investment of up to 45,000,000 in CreditAccess Asia (CAA) to provide growth capital to support CAA's pan-Asia microfinance operations.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Doukidis, Doukas
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    21 February 2017
  • Country
  • Sector
    • Finance
Project Name Equity Investment in CreditAccess Asia
Project Number 50239-001
Borrower/Company CreditAccess Asia N.V.
Country Regional
Location Regional
Type or Modality of Assistance
7510 Equity Ordinary capital resources USD 50.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Inclusive finance

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Doukidis, Doukas
Project Sponsor(s)
Description Equity investment of up to 45,000,000 in CreditAccess Asia (CAA) to provide growth capital to support CAA's pan-Asia microfinance operations.
Objectives and Scope ADB approved an equity investment of up to EUR45mn to support CAA's pan-Asia microfinance operations. Of this, EUR30mn (US$37.4mn) was disbursed through the purchase of 4,016,871 shares at EUR7.4685 per share subscribed in March 2017 for a 10.86% (9.53% fully diluted) equity stake in CAA. As a result of the company's capital raising activities, ADB's shareholding has been reduced to 8.54% as of end-September 2018.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 emphasizes ADB's support for the finance sector. The investment contributes to finance sector development by supporting the growth of an institution that is dedicated to delivering access to finance to the significantly unserved and underserved population in Asia. Without access to formal financial services, people with lower income or in underserved segments will be excluded from the growth process and its benefits. The proposed equity investment will support microfinance in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Microfinance is one of the financial infrastructures identified as a high priority for the governments of the target countries. The investment also aligns with ADB's country partnership strategies for India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam; and with ADB's Gender Equality and Women s Empowerment Operational Plan, 2013-2020.
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI-C
Involuntary Resettlement FI-C
Indigenous Peoples FI-C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed investments and associated risks of CAA and its subsidiaries' business activities have been assessed, and there are expected to be minimal or no adverse environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement Impacts on involuntary resettlement are unlikely.
Indigenous Peoples Impacts on indigenous peoples are unlikely.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Key stakeholders comprise women borrowers of CAA's operating subsidiaries. This will be considered in setting project targets and indicators. CAA's operating subsidiaries partner with civil society organizations for the delivery of its non-financial services and corporate social responsibility activities.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 31 Aug 2016
Credit Committee Meeting 14 Dec 2016
Approval 21 Feb 2017
Last PDS Update 12 Jun 2019

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Title Document Type Document Date
Equity Investment in CreditAccess Asia: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Jan 2017

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