New Shareholders to Enhance FDN's Project Finance Funding Capability

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Transaction will also enhance its capacity to mobilise resources to meet the requirements of projects in Colombia.

Fitch Ratings views the entry of the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF) as shareholders of Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional S.A. (FDN) positively.

With the capitalization of US$120 million (US$70 million from IFC and US$50 million from CAF) these supranationals will have a stake of approximately 30% of FDN. This transaction also strengthens FDN's capital and will enhance its capacity to mobilize resources to meet the financing requirements of infrastructure projects in Colombia.

Currently, FDN is a fundamental part of Colombia's infrastructure investment agenda in terms of 4G concessions, energy, transportation, and financing other long-term projects. This capital infusion will help the company face the new challenges derived from the widening if its social objectives and the diversification of portfolio products
(Decree 4174/11).

FDN is developing new credit solutions that will permit the financing of infrastructure projects at all stages of development and will improve the credit risk of these projects. This will facilitate the entrance of private banks and other financing institutions as well as provide more favorable financing conditions.

Fitch continues to monitor FDN's credit portfolio, balance sheet structure, funding requirements, and credit risk administration and appetite, crucial factors for the sustainability of the entity.

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