NMB Bank

South Asia Financial services

NMB Bank is one of the Nepal’s leading commercial banks, with 15,000 business accounts and 110 branches across Nepal. It currently serves a range of large and medium-sized business customers.

Our investment

Our first direct investment in Nepal, in 2018 we provided a $15 million, three-year loan to NMB to allow it to grow its lending to key sectors of the Nepalese economy, including infrastructure, agriculture and foreign currency-earning sectors such as tourism and hydropower projects.

Expected impact

This is only the second debt investment in the Nepalese banking sector since regulatory reforms were introduced in 2018. Previously, Nepalese banks had been constrained in raising capital from foreign investors due to restrictions on borrowing in foreign currency. As well as allowing NMB to focus on growing its proportion of loans to micro, small and medium-sized businesses MSMEs in the coming years, our investment should help increase foreign investors’ confidence in coming to Nepal.

Key facts

Status:
Active
Region

Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

:
South Asia
Countries:
Nepal
Sector

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

:
Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

:
Direct Debt
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

:
February 2019
Amount

For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.

:
$15m
Domicile

This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

:
Nepal