Private Lending Slows in Guatemala

Credit to the private sector grew by 11.2% in January, a lower growth than for the same period last year when the increase was 26.4%.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Reporter Jessica Gramajo wrote in the SigloXXI website: "Data from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) reported that in January of this year the banking system maintained a loan portfolio of $10.901 million (Q 87.240,8 million). Although it is higher than the $9.816 million (Q78.559,4 million) during the same month in 2008, the growth rate was lower."

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G & T Continental Increases its Capital by $10 million

February 2012

The bank, notable for its A + rating awarded by Fitch Ratings, focuses on loans for the corporate sector and hopes to expand its credit portfolio thanks to the injection of funds.

The G & T Continental Bank, of Guatemalan capital, said that it is to receive a capital injection of about $10 million, which would increase its loan portfolio in El Salvador.

Credit for Private Sector Drops to 8.3% in Guatemala

April 2009

Up to and including April 9, the total growth (including loans in local and foreign currency) was 8.3%, the lowest in the last two years.

Despite measures taken by monetary authorities to keep the money market liquid in order to stimulate credit, financing to companies has not reactivated. Directors of the Industrial Bank and G&T Continental state that they are receiving up to 20% fewer loan requests.

$25 Million for G&T Continental Bank

April 2009

The IFC announced the addition of the Bank to the Global Foreign Trade Finance Program (GTFP).

The objective of the International Finance Corporation is to support local banks in promoting trade within their respective countries.

The manager of the international area of G&T Continental Bank, Sergio Bocanegra, told Siglo XXI: "The amount could rise to $50 million within 6 months.

$500 Million Loan for Guatemalan Banks Analyzed

March 2009

In order to support liquidity, the government is analyzing whether to accept a $500 million line of credit from the IDB.

The Superintendent of Guatemalan Banks, Edgar Barquín, said that the purpose of this instrument would be to compensate for the likely loss of foreign credit lines.

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