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Development bank FMO shows strong semi-annual results

FMO, one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide, made a profit of EUR 69 million in the first half of 2011, an increase of 34% compared to HY2010.

In HY2011, FMO provided financing totaling EUR 342 million to businesses in developing countries - up more than EUR 100 million from HY2010's EUR 234 million in new investments - helping the private sector create jobs, and strengthen sectors essential for sustainable growth in developing countries, such as the energy, housing, financial and agricultural sectors. 55% was invested in low-income countries.

Nanno Kleiterp, FMO's CEO, said: "We are satisfied with the results of the first half of 2011, which have proved once again that the investment opportunities in developing countries are good. Despite the challenging times in the eurozone and the US, we see that the steady growth in emerging markets and developing countries continues.

FMO sees many good and professionally managed businesses in developing countries that are successful. The private sector plays a major role in poverty reduction, and these successes underline the importance of sustainable private sector development.

Given the good state of the economy in many developing countries and our pipeline, our outlook remains cautiously positive for the second half of this year. We are pleased to note the significant increase in investment opportunities in renewable energy - among others wind, solar and geothermal - in all regions where we operate."

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