Finnfund Update for Investors

March 2022
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Dear all,

A lot has changed during recent weeks. It is yet difficult to foresee all the impacts the war in Ukraine will have on the economies and living conditions in developing and emerging countries. A new food crisis is a possibility.

While the war in Europe is getting most of our attention, also the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and evolve, particularly where vaccination levels are low.

For Finnfund, the impacts have been mixed. In terms of our financial returns, write-downs related to wars in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Myanmar took their toll, but with our strong balance sheet and continued support from our owner, we will weather the crisis.

    Jaakko Kangasniemi CEO of Finnfund
    Simultaneously, our ability to make new investment decisions and deploy capital to countries and projects in need was not destroyed by the turmoil or the travel restrictions, but instead continued at record levels. We made 28 new investment decisions, helping new and old clients to create jobs, produce very much needed goods and services while mitigating climate change or helping people to adapt to whatever they are facing. We intend to share the details in April when we publish our Annual Report for 2021.

    Since the beginning of this year, we have also taken a few very important steps I wish to share with you:
    Despite the somewhat gloomy situation around us, I am convinced that we have exciting and good times ahead of us. For us as a development financier and impact investor, having difficult times also means that our contribution is strongly needed. We at Finnfund strive to stay at the frontline of the global effort to build back better.

    Jaakko Kangasniemi

    Managing Director, CEO, Finnfund

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    Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and professional impact investor. We build a sustainable world by investing in responsible and profitable businesses in developing countries. Each year we invest 200–250 million euros in 20-30 projects, emphasising renewable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture and financial institutions. Today Finnfund’s investments and commitments total about 1.070 billion euros, half of them in Africa. The company has about 90 employees. For more information, please visit www.finnfund.fi
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