Finnfund Update for Investors

September 2021
Employees of Miro Forestry

Dear all,

The holiday season is over, nevertheless, I feel inspired when looking back the past six months: 17 new investment decisions and 12 new investment agreements, a new statement on climate and energy, and a new global commitment to raise a further USD 15 billion for gender-smart investments. And so forth.

Despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the Finnfund team is working with a high level of enthusiasm and delivering excellent results.

    Olli Sinnemaa, CFO of Finnfund
    In this blog post, I discuss Finnfund’s financial results for H1 in more detail, but you may find some of the key points below:
    • The first half of the year 2021 was very active. Finnfund made 17 new investment decisions, worth 155 million euros.
    • Our portfolio grew by 14 million euros compared to the situation at the end of the year 2020, 2.3%, reaching 622 million euros.
    • The net financial income remained at the same level compared to H1/2020 (EUR 7.2 million vs. EUR 7.5 million).
    • The profit was -3.8 million euros (EUR -17.9 million). The main reason for the negative result is nonlinear revenues from the funds as well the sale gains from equity investments.
    The outlook for the financial year 2021 remains to be difficult. Although the beginning of the year was good, we want to be realistic; the origination of new investments will be increasingly challenging because of the global pandemic.

    Finally, as we value our stakeholder’s feedback high, we will conduct a stakeholder survey during Q3. Should you be among the respondents, please feel free to share your thoughts with us! In addition, please remember that you can always reach out to us both directly or via our website.

    Olli Sinnemaa

    CFO, Finnfund

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    Investment decisions and disbursements in Q2/2021


    Figures & highlights from the last year are now available.

    Check our Annual Review 2020.

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    Visit our website or contact us. Happy to discuss more!
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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 1,07 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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