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Commercial Credit and Finance PLC receives Rs. 1.68 billion: the Largest International PE Investment into a Sri Lankan LFC from Creation Investments

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Commercial Credit and Finance PLC receives Rs. 1.68 billion: the Largest International PE Investment into a Sri Lankan LFC from Creation Investments

February 26, 2014 Chicago, IL USA – Leading emerging markets private equity investor, Creation Investments Capital Management LLC, through Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund II L.P. (collectively, “Creation”), has agreed to invest Rs. 1.68 billion (US$12.4 million equivalent) into one of Sri Lanka’s leading finance companies, Commercial Credit and Finance PLC (“CCF”). The transaction will involve the issuance of 80 million new shares for a consideration of Rs. 1.68 billion or approximately 25.15% of CCF. The transaction has received the necessary CBSL, SEC and CSE approvals and will be completed subject to shareholder approval.

 

This is the largest investment by an international private equity fund into a publicly listed Sri Lankan licensed finance company and is a strong validation for the success of CCF. Creation is impressed by the strength of CCF’s leadership and commitment to the mission toward serving the under-banked population in Sri Lanka. The new funds will be used by CCF for its future investment activities including further enhancing its branch network and expanding its asset and client base, and to meet the future capital adequacy requirements of the Company.

 

Creation has invested in many banks and finance companies across emerging markets and its investment into CCF will help provide guidance and support to CCF and promote best practises from its other international portfolio investments. The new equity investment will also strengthen the capitalisation of CCF and enable it to access international debt capital at attractive rates.

 

Roshan Egodage, CEO of CCF, commented on the transaction, “we are committed to providing a wide range of financial products to the Sri Lankan consumer including a variety of microfinance and SME products combined with a high quality service which is part of our core values. Our partnership with Creation will enable us to continue this journey and grow the company towards becoming Sri Lanka’s leading licensed finance company”.

 

Patrick Fisher, Managing Partner and Founder of Creation, added that “this is our first investment in Sri Lanka and the largest investment that we have made to date across our Creation Investments Social Venture Funds. We look for quality investment opportunities across many emerging and frontier markets globally. CCF exemplifies what we look for in prospective investments – market leadership, exceptional management, and alignment in the mission, vision and values. CCF is a leader in the Sri Lankan LFC sector given its tremendous growth in the past few years. We are excited to partner with the CCF team in supporting their future growth plans”.

 

Creation Investments Capital Management LLC

Creation Investments Capital Management LLC is a Chicago-based private equity firm founded in 2007 with over US$130 million under management. Its investor base includes Fortune 100 Banks, Insurance Companies, Hedge Funds, Family Offices and High Net Worth Individuals. Creation has invested in a number of financial services companies in emerging markets such as India, Mexico and Russia.

 

About Commercial Credit and Finance

Commercial Credit and Finance PLC is one of Sri Lanka’s leading finance companies with an asset base of Rs. 25.8 billion (US$198.5 million equivalent) and is listed on the CSE. CCF has a wide range of financial products including an innovative portfolio of SME and Micro products, including classic microfinance, working auto leasing, education loans, microsavings and Islamic banking, which are distributed to over 535,000 customers through 74 branches across the island. CCF has won countless awards including Gold Award for Service Brand of the Year (2012) and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (2013), among many others. CCF maintains a rating of BB+ from RAM Ratings and has a reported ROE of 45.7%  as of December 31, 2013.

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