Finnfund Update for Investors

November 2021
Advans Myanmar

Dear all,

The COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in the global economy are not over yet. However, I am happy to see that at Finnfund we have been able to navigate through these challenging times.

In Q3, our activities remained at high level. Since the beginning of the year 2021, we have made 22 new investment decisions, worth 189 million euros. We have highlighted some of the latest ones below – as well as news from COP26.

    Olli Sinnemaa, CFO of Finnfund
    In this blog post, I discuss Finnfund’s financial results for Q3 in more detail, but you may find some of the key points below:
    • Our portfolio has grown by 42 million euros compared to the situation at the end of the year 2020, 6.9%, reaching 650 million euros.
    • Interest income increased by 3% compared to Q3/2020 (EUR 16.1 million in Q3/2021 vs. EUR 15.6 million in Q3/2020). The net interest income increased 18% from the previous year, reaching 12.9 million euros (vs. EUR 10.9 million).
    • Net financial income increased by 17% compared to Q3/2020 (EUR 12.5 million vs. EUR 10.7 million).
    • The profit before reduction in value of investments and sales gains and losses was 2.9 million euros (vs. EUR 2.7 million).
    The outlook for the financial year 2021 end remains challenging. Although the activity level has been high and many parts of the world are opening from lockdowns, the economic situation and timeline for recovery remain unclear in many developing countries. For us as a development financier, this means that our contribution is strongly needed. We at Finnfund strive to stay at the frontline of the global effort to build back better.

    Olli Sinnemaa

    CFO, Finnfund

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    Investment decisions and disbursements in 1-9/2021

    Table investment decisions and disbursements

    Interested to know how we did in 2020?
    Check our Annual Report.

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    Interested to know more?

    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 1.070 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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