Thursday, March 22, 2007

IFC invests $5 mn in rural banking-focused IT firm FINO

The World Bank PE arm, International Finance Corporation (IFC), will invest up to $5 mn in Financial Information Network & Operations (FINO), a technology service provider offering end-to-end IT solutions that help banks reach under-served rural markets in India. The investment comprises common equity of up to $2.5 mn and convertible preferred shares of up to $2.5 mn.

In India, IFC’s outstanding portfolio is $1.3 bn (as of June 2006) making it IFC’s fourth-largest country of operations. As the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, IFC has been showing interest to develop the Indian rural banking market.

Read The Economic Times article.

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