El Salvador: New bank Raises $40 million From Small Investors

With amounts from $5 to over $50,000, people bought 1412 shares in Banco Azul which will begin operations in 2014.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This amount makes up the $60 million needed for the start of operations by the entity which was formed last September with a capital of $20 million. Of the 1,412 shareholders 97% are natural persons and 3% are companies.

"... When we announced the creation of Banco Azul El Salvador, on September 23rd, I said that one of our market differentiators, would be to convert ourselves into an attractive investment instrument for Salvadorans through the possibility of becoming shareholders," said Carlos Araujo, president of the institution.

"This formal commitment by the 1,412 shareholders constitutes the portion corresponding to the increase in capital of $40 million, with which we are now awaiting authorization from the Superintendency of the Financial System (SSF)," he added.

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Banco Azul to Start Operations in 2014

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The new bank, with a capital of $20 million, will begin operations in the second quarter of 2014 in the Salvadoran plaza.

On Monday September 23, a group of Salvadoran businessmen signed an act of constitution for Banco Azul de El Salvador, which is chaired by Carlos Enrique Araujo and consists of 100% of shareholders from that country.

El Salvador: New Bank Requests License

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