The arrangement, which marks the first international syndicated facility arranged for BAC Guatemala, was 1.7x oversubscribed and attracted “the interest of financial institutions from Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean, all of which represent new banking relationships for the bank,” said the Panama City-based Bladex in a statement.
Bladex, widely known as the Foreign Trade Bank of Latin America since being founded in 1979 by a coalition of Latin American central banks, also stated that proceeds from the facility will be used to finance BAC Guatemala’s trade loan portfolio.
Bladex, which maintains an office in Bogotá, was the bookrunner, administrative agent, and sole lead arranger of the facility, said the bank.
“This transaction marks the second syndicated facility to the BAC Credomatic Group led by Bladex,” said Felipe Suarez, head of loan structuring and distribution at Bladex. “We are very pleased to bring new banking relationships and to provide medium-term financing to BAC Guatemala.”
BAC Credomatic, which is owned by Colombian financial-focused holding company Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A., is a major Central American banking group that maintains operations in each of the region’s Spanish-speaking countries: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. BAC Credomatic is the number-one credit card issuer and merchant-acquiring franchise in Central America, according to Bladex,