September 22, 2023

InfraZamin Pakistan, Kashf Foundation and Arif Habib Restricted launch Pakistan’s first ‘AAA’ rated, PKR 2.5 billion, completely Assured ‘Gender Bond’ for bond capital market patrons.

Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir) InfraZamin Pakistan, a licenced NBFI and credit score rating guarantee provider and Kashf Foundation a Half 42 agency and licensed microfinance institution have signed an settlement to hold Pakistan’s first “Gender Bond” to institutional capital market patrons. The “Gender Bond” is a subsequently listed privately positioned time interval finance certificates whose proceeds will go in path of enhancing Kashf’s portfolio in path of lending utterly to girls to develop micro-infrastructure which contains rural house school growth, flood rehabilitation of damaged properties and enlargement of women-led micro firms. As such the Gender Bond completely subscribes to the Ideas of Gender Bond issuance by Securities and Change Payment of Pakistan (SECP) which are based mostly totally on the UN Sustainable Development Aims and UN Women’s concepts for girls empowerment. Arif Habib Capital serves as a result of the ‘Arranger’ for this bond.

This 3-year Gender Bond will improve PKR 2.5 billion beneath an preliminary personal placement and subsequent OTC itemizing to capital market patrons thereby making it eligible for quite a few capital market contributors. The bond carries an InfraZamin credit score rating guarantee of 100% of the principle amount of the bond and partial guarantee for the curiosity instalments. The Bond is credit score rating rated ‘AAA’ future and ‘A1+’ by PACRA and attractively priced at 3-month Kibor + 1.50pc unfold. The InfraZamin guarantee is irrevocable and unconditional which suggests that throughout the event of any credit score rating event InfraZamin pays all portions as coated by the guarantee facility.

This primary-of-its-kind Gender Bond will allocate all of its proceeds by Kashf’s microfinance lending portfolio to utterly help ~30,000 girls from low-income households to develop micro- infrastructure. Kashf Foundation has a rich 25 yr historic previous of supporting girls and girls led firms from its microfinance platform and has over 700,000 vigorous girls purchasers. Since its inception Kashf has disbursed over 6.6 million loans to girls micro-entrepreneurs. Bond proceeds are anticipated to boost Kashf’s stability sheet and provide loads needed industrial capital to girls from an underprivileged stratum to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations, rehabilitate properties and develop schools and small firms. Such lending will help girls acquire financial independence, develop financial functionality and contribute in path of Pakistan’s monetary growth and productiveness.

This primary-ever Gender Bond will not solely foster inclusivity and selection however as well as contribute to the occasion of the bond capital markets. InfraZamin’s 100% principle guarantee and partial curiosity guarantee presents full comfort and security to patrons in direction of default/credit score rating menace and might play an vital operate in crowding in personal institutional investor capital to strengthen Kashf Foundation’s stability sheet.

Present SECP amendments have moreover facilitated this menace mitigation by allowing 85% exemption to NBFC’s for exposures in direction of InfraZamin’s ensures (identical to the State Monetary establishment of Pakistan’s publicity exemptions to industrial banks) along with totally different areas of help for mutual funds as successfully.

Commenting on the occasion, Maheen Rahman, CEO – InfraZamin Pakistan, talked about, “We’re excited to the part of the first Gender Bond transaction in Pakistan and grateful to Kashf Foundation for his or her pioneering imaginative and prescient in path of their prolonged historic previous of enabling girls empowerment. As a country which sits near the underside of the Gender Equity Index this transaction marks a significant leap forward in elevating industrial capital directed to female empowerment and financial inclusion and represents an mandatory milestone throughout the progress and growth of the capital market. This transaction moreover demonstrates the flexibility of using ensures and credit score rating enhancement companies to permit a crowding in of non-public institutional funding into personal sector led initiatives.

Commenting on the occasion, Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation, talked about, “Collaboration between Kashf Foundation and InfraZamin will not solely be a significant leap forward for the financial sector nevertheless will even velocity up the tactic of creating financial options for girls entrepreneurs by introducing the first-ever Gender Bond throughout the capital market of Pakistan. Rising entry to moderately priced finance for further women-led firms will create employment options and gasoline sustainable monetary growth throughout the nation. It is hoped this initiative will encourage totally different organizations and stakeholders to prioritize the monetary potential and aspirations of women. This transaction will open up new avenues of patrons for the microfinance sector considerably the Non income MFIs. Kashf Foundation is hoping to work with quite a few universe of patrons and providing them with the options to in a roundabout way help the agenda of Financial Inclusion throughout the nation.”

Commenting on the occasion, CEO Arif Habib Restricted, Mr. Shahid Ali Habib mentioned: “ Arif Habib Restricted is joyful to launch the first of its kind AAA Rated ‘Gender Bond’ in Pakistan being issued by Kashf Foundation and completely assured by InfraZamin. The proceeds might be utilized for monetary empowerment and financial inclusion of women in Pakistan which is essential for Pakistan’s sustainable progress. We’re delighted that InfraZamin Pakistan is taking the lead in promoting personal sector infrastructure initiatives and is performing as a Guarantor providing full menace security to bondholders of Kashf Foundation. “

Kashf Foundation, InfraZamin Pakistan and Arif Habib Restricted are grateful to the help and facilitation extended to them by the Securities Change Payment of Pakistan (SECP) to permit the launch of this new product for Pakistan’s bond markets.

The Gender Bond has already been launched in promoting part and hopes to complete the subscription by July subject to all requisite approvals from the SECP.

Roshaneh Zafar, MD – Kashf Foundation (sitting 1st from left), Maheen Rahman, CEO – InfraZamin Pakistan (sitting 2nd from left), Shahid Ali Habib, CEO – Arif Habib Restricted (standing 4th from correct) and totally different senior members from respective organizations had been moreover present on the occasion.