National Development Bank PLC was recently awarded the Gold Award for Deal of the Year from Sri Lanka Islamic Banking & Finance Industry Awards (SLIBFI) for the Bank’s participation in financing a hydro power project in Uganda where NDB also acted as the lead arranger in the syndication with another local Bank.
NDB as an organisation with its roots in development banking, together with its deep industry insights, expertise and long-standing customer relationships has been able to build a strong reputation and excellence in project and infrastructure financing. The understanding of the workings of different industries and overseas markets as well as a holistic value proposition, which includes the provision of advisory services, has made NDB’s Project Finance (PF) Unit, a preferred financial partner for companies seeking long-term financing both locally and overseas.
The PF Unit of NDB possesses the competence to assist its corporate clients in complex transactions and propel them towards the next phase of development in their businesses. With over four decades of project financing experience and in-house engineering and legal expertise, NDB not only plays a role of financial partner in these projects, but acts as a project partner where advice on project management and legal aspects are also made available to the promoters. The package of services offered by NDB not only ensures the successful implementation of the project but also ascertains satisfactory returns to both the promoters as well as the Bank thus creating a win-win solution for both parties.
The Bank has been doing project financing since 2015 under Islamic Banking – NDB Shareek. Accordingly, the Bank has granted facilities close to Rs 3 Bn under Islamic Banking for the energy sector both locally and overseas. Meanwhile, the Bank is also actively pursuing opportunities to finance projects under Shariah compliant products and is currently working with project promoters to materialize few projects both in the country and overseas.
The project portfolio of NDB’s PF Unit consists of projects in the sectors such as power & energy, mixed development, financial services, construction, food & beverages, government infrastructure, telecommunications, healthcare, etc. This “Gold Award” was for NDB’s involvement in Hydro Power.
Renewable energy projects help the planet by avoiding emissions of many harmful gases such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Sulphur Dioxide(SO2) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) which otherwise would have been emitted through power generation through burning carbon based fuels such as Diesel and Coal. The 6.5 MW hydro power project funded through NDB’s partnership is expected to prevent 17.2 Mn Kg’s of CO2 a year, according to the calculations of United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of USA.
NDB Bank named the “Bank of the Year Sri Lanka 2020” by the Banker Magazine UK is the 4th largest listed bank in Sri Lanka and the parent company of the NDB Group. The only financial services conglomerate in Sri Lanka, NDB Group is uniquely positioned towards assisting the growth and development of the Sri Lankan capital market to provide its customers seamless access to the product and service offerings of all its group companies.