Bogotá, January 17th 202.3 Nubank, one of the largest digital financial services platforms in the world, will strengthen its presence in Colombia with a loan of up to USD$150 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The 3-year local currency loan will be used to boost the growth of Nubank's local operations and expand access to financial services in the country.
Lack of access to formal financial services is a major challenge to economic growth in Colombia. Digital transformation can provide new opportunities to improve financial inclusion and increase productivity across the country's population, especially among women and minority groups. The new loan will increase access to payment systems for Colombians, in addition to promoting greater competition in the industry in favor of consumers.
The loan is aligned with Nubank's strategy of becoming Colombia's leading digital financial services company and promoting access to 100% digital financial services that are more efficient, inclusive and easy to use. With more than 400,000 cards issued in the last 10 months, Nu Colombia, a subsidiary of Nubank, is the fastest-growing credit card issuer in the country, with clients in 100% of departments and nearly 80% of municipalities.
"We are very proud that an institution like IFC has trusted us to continue generating a positive impact in Latin America. This loan reflects confidence in our business model, the solidity of our operation, and the contributions we are bringing to Colombia's financial inclusion, a country with low financial services penetration and high use of cash," said David Vélez, CEO and founder of Nubank.
"Our loan to Nubank means more Colombians will have access to more and better financial services," said IFC's Managing Director Makhtar Diop. "Greater financial inclusion is a must for economic growth, and digital banking will play a key role in meeting the needs of underbanked and unbanked retail customers. This investment aims to both address those needs and to catalyze further investment in the financial sector in Colombia and the region."
Nubank begins 2023 with a solid position in the region, in addition to various growth opportunities in all the territories where it operates. The company closed Q3 2022 with more than 70 million customers.
This is IFC's first investment in a digital bank in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Nubank is one of the world's largest digital financial services platforms, serving over 70 million customers across Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. As one of the leading technology companies in the world, Nubank leverages proprietary technologies and innovative business practices to create new financial solutions and experiences for individuals and SMEs that are simple, intuitive, convenient, low-cost, empowering and human. Guided by a mission to fight complexity and empower people, Nubank is fostering the access to financial services across Latin America, connecting profit and purpose to create value for its stakeholders and have a positive impact on the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.nubank.com.br
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
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