Thai bank’s $140M offer to buy Cambodian MFI on hold

Eight months since announcing the biggest acquisition deal in the history of Cambodia’s financial sector, Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya, also known as Krungsri Bank, has yet to receive approval for the landmark deal. In a statement released in January, Bank of Ayudhya announced its intention ...

Hor Kimsay

Lenders come out of the dark

More than a year into a government-backed campaign to clamp down on unlicensed lenders, nearly 130 small lenders operating under the radar have come into the fold, officials said yesterday. ...

Hor Kimsay

Banks covering their assets

Cambodian financial institutions surveyed yesterday said they were in compliance with the central bank’s revised liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) requirements as the deadline passed to increase their cash and highly liquid assets to weather any internal or external shocks. ...

Kali Kotoski

MFIs tackle over-indebtedness

Clients of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Kingdom can now expect some form of protection from over-indebtedness that arises from their inability to meet their financial obligations on time as agreed in a credit agreement. ...

Sok Chan

More Cambodians struggling to repay MFI loans

Banking industry insiders expressed concern yesterday over a spike in the amount of delinquent debts reported by microfinance institutions (MFIs) across the Kingdom, which they attributed to farmers struggling to repay their loans after adverse weather conditions affected their crops. ...

Hor Kimsay

Banks, MFIs urged to support SMEs

Banks and financial institutions are urged to provide more support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially those owned by women, as access to capital remains a major obstacle for their growth. ...

Chea Vannak

Sathapana Bank gets $35 million from Taiwan lenders

Facilitated by Taiwan’s First Commercial Bank, seven foreign banks provided $35 million in a syndicated loan to Sathapana Bank Plc, a newly formed Cambodian commercial bank, to expand its existing microfinance operations and broaden its commercial lending portfolio. ...

Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng

Gov’t calls for microfinance NGOs to register with NBC

A government official lambasted the slow application rate for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate as microfinance lenders, urging them to register with the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC). ...

Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng

Central Bank to put focus on MFIs

“The Microfinance Sector in Cambodia: Opportunities and Risks” is an attempt to get a wider view and deeper insight from various researchers on fostering a robust, stable and sustainable microfinance sector, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) said in a statement yesterday.   ...

May Kunmakara

MFI growth still healthy after 10 years

The number of microfinance institutions has been growing steadily over the past decade and this has contributed rising living standards in the Kingdom, according to the Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Chea Vannak

ANZ, MFI partner to bridge financial sectors

ANZ Royal Bank and local microfinance institution Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL) on Monday entered into the first partnership of its kind in Cambodia in a bid to bring together clients from either side of the financial spectrum. Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at ...

George Styllis

Germany's finance firm lends 10 mln USD to Cambodian microfinance institution

German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) on Thursday signed to lend 10 million U.S. dollars to a leading Cambodian microfinance institution Hattha Kaksekar. The loan deal was inked here between Herbert Jaeger, Vice President of DEG Representative Office in Bangkok, and Hout Ieng Tong, President and ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Local microfinance institute invests in new ATM network

Hattha Kaksekar Ltd, a local microfinance institution, has invested almost US$2 million in a new ATM network, the company announced yesterday. Hattha Kaksekar now has around $32 million in deposits and will become the first financial institution to use SmartVista, an automated ATM process which also ...

Micro-Lender To Roll Out ATM Service

Hattha Kaksekar Limited, one of the country’s largest microfinance institutions (MFIs), is in talks to become a commercial bank by 2014, an official at the micro-lender said yesterday. The move, if successful, will be in line with the Central Bank’s policy to support MFIs in diversifying ...

Microcredit Repayments

While rising inflation poses some financial challenges for rural farmers, it generally isn’t preventing them from paying off loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs). Farmers tend to be able to pay their loans off even though higher prices of food, fuel, fertilizer, pesticides, labor, and some ...

Microfinance Deposits and Loans Grow

Outstanding loans among micro-credit institutions increased by 6.7 percent to $505.46 million in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter, figures from the Cambodia Microfinance Association show. According to the data, deposits held by Cambodia’s 27 microlenders grew by 33.2 percent ...

Microfinance up on agriculture advance

The Kingdom’s growing agricultural sector is leading to more loans and deposits at microfinance institutions. The small-scale lenders also credit the boost in Cambodia’s agro-industry for declining non-performing loans rates. The MFI’s lending totalled $51 million to 4,900 borrowers at the end of June, whiles ...

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