Sh1bn equity injection earns Oikocredit stake in Credit Bank
Credit Bank on Thursday signed a Sh1 billion equity investment with social impact investor Oikocredit.
The investment, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will see Oikocredit take a minority stake in Credit Bank.
Credit Bank intends to use the funding to grow its SME loan portfolio and to further build on the trade finance solutions already offered by the bank.
As an investor, Oikocredit will work with Credit Bank to mainstream social impact and impact measurement into Credit Bank’s lending activities.
Credit Bank continues to pursue strategic partners for growth.
Africa Development Bank recently approved a debt finance facility for the bank to further extend its presence in the SME market.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held on Thursday in Nairobi, Moses Mwendwa, Credit Bank’s acting chairman, said that they welcome Oikocredit as a shareholder with extensive international investing experience and an emphasis on social impact.
“We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship, after the shareholders approved a rights issue at its Annual General Meeting in June 2019, which is expected to raise an additional Sh2 billion from shareholders,” said Mr Mwendwa.
Oikocredit’s Portfolio Director – Africa, Robert Kagiri, said, “Oikocredit is very pleased to be making this equity investment. Credit Bank is a good fit for our organisation’s mission because of its strong commitment to its SME customers and to financial inclusion.”
“By enabling Credit Bank to expand its lending activities to SMEs, we’re helping Credit Bank support the creation of sustainable jobs. We look forward to working with Credit Bank towards lasting social impact for people on low-incomes in Kenya,” added Kagiri.
The lender in July launched the Entrepreneurs Hub with an eye on fostering and growing the SME’s base in the bank.
“Over the years we have hosted several forums where entrepreneurs have benefited through learning, networking, and personalised coaching sessions. SMEs take up to 30% of the labour force, hence their stability and growth are crucial to the economy. Impacting their growth positively is core to our mission,” the lender said.
Head of Business Banking and Marketing Pamela Mutembei said the initiative will see SMEs have a positive growth trajectory.
“Having in place systems and processes gives businesses benefits such as being investor ready. Further, it helps the business set itself on a controlled growth trajectory. Human resources are a vital part of running a business,” said Mutembei.