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CBN Pegs Company Loan Limit At ₦5Bn In New Policy

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has pegged N5 billion as the maximum loan an obligor can access in its new financial instrument tagged, ‘The 100 for 100 PPP (Policy on Production and Productivity).

The CBN disclosed this in its guidelines for the implementation of the policy, recently issued by CBN’s director, development finance, Yila Yusuf.

Under the new policy, Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, had said the apex bank would advertise, screen, scrutinise and financially support 100 targeted private sector companies in 100 days, beginning November 1, 2021.

Last week, the apex bank unveiled selection criteria for companies to participate in the initiative.

The CBN said the broad objective of the initiative is to reverse the nation’s over-reliance on imports by creating an ecosystem that targets and supports the right projects with the potential to transform and catalyse the productive base of the economy.

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“Loan amount shall be a maximum of N5bn per obligor. Any amount above N5bn shall require the special approval of CBN’s management,” the document reads.

The CBN said the interest rate under the intervention would be at not more than five percent per annum (all-inclusive) up to February 28, 2022, adding that interest on the facility would revert to nine percent p.a. (all-inclusive) effective from March 1, 2022.

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On the facility’s tenor and moratorium, it said that the term loans would have a maximum tenor of 10 years depending on the complexity of the project, not exceeding December 31, 2031.

The CBN said the initiative would be funded from its Real Sector Support Facility – Differentiated Cash Reserve Requirement (RSSF-DCRR) window or any other funding window it decides to use.

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The document added, “The initiative shall select 100 private sector companies with projects that have potential to significantly increase domestic production and productivity, reduce imports, increase non-oil exports, and overall improvements in the foreign exchange generating capacity of the Nigerian economy”.

“The initiative, which shall be bank-led, will be rolled over every 100 days (that is, quarterly) with a new set of companies selected for financing under the initiative.

”The apex bank further explained that focal activities covered under the initiative would be existing businesses and projects (brownfield) with the potential to immediately transform and catalyse the productive base of the economy, and new projects (greenfield) with equal potential may be considered under the initiative, subject to CBN management’s approval.

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The CBN said that activities could be in manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing, extractive industries, petrochemicals, and renewable energy, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

Others are logistics services and trade-related infrastructure such as cold chain solutions, quality assurance infrastructure, and any other activities as may be prescribed by the apex bank.

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On the exit date, the CBN said the initiative shall be operated in the first instance for a period not exceeding December 31, 2031, depending on the complexity of the project.

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