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May 31, 2013
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor: Hiroshi Okuda) today reported its operational results in FY 2012. For breakdown by region and financial facility, as well as chronological data for the past 5 years, please refer to Appendix.
■In FY2012, JBIC made overall commitments totaling 4,240.9 billion yen in loans, equity participations, and guarantees. This volume, which is the maximum record in JBIC's history, represents an increase of 165.7% from the previous year.
■Outstanding loans and equity participations amounted to 10,685.3 billion yen, and outstanding guarantees were 2,400.6 billion yen as of March 31, 2013. This brought the overall outstanding amount to 13,086.0 billion yen.
II. Highlights of Operations
1. Efforts to Promote Overseas Development and Acquisition of Interests in Strategically Important Resources to Japan
As there has been ever-increasing demand for energy resources such as oil and natural gas, and for mineral resources such as iron, copper, and rare metals, each country across the world is strengthening its strategy for securing their long-term, stable supplies. Amid these circumstances, JBIC is supporting Japanese companies for acquisition of interests and development of overseas resources, as well as their imports. At the same time, JBIC is focusing some efforts on creating business opportunities for Japanese companies in the resource sector. In FY2012, JBIC made a total of 45 commitments amounting to 2,125.1 billion yen in loans, equity participations, and guarantees for the projects and transactions where Japanese companies import oil and natural gas, and develop or acquire interests in mineral resources.
In the energy resource sector, JBIC supported LNG projects participated by Japanese companies with acquisition of equity stakes in Australia and Papua New Guinea and coal mine projects in Australia and Canada. Additionally, JBIC supported projects for developing such unconventional energy resources such as coal-bed methane (CBM) and shale gas in Canada, shale oil, or tight oil in the United States, as well as imports of LNG and crude oil required for domestic thermal power plants fueling.
In the mineral resource sector, JBIC supported acquisition of interests and development of an iron mine in Australia and a copper mine in Chile. In addition, in the rare metal sector JBIC supported a nickel/cobalt mixed sulfide production project in the Philippines, a molybdenum smelting project in Chile, and a niobium development and production project in Brazil.
JBIC strengthened relationships with major foreign companies in an effort to secure stable, long-term supplies of energy and mineral resources, and create opportunities to participate in their development projects for Japanese companies. To this end, JBIC signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on operational cooperation respectively with Kazatomprom in Kazakhstan, BG Group in U.K., Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (PETROBRAS) in Brazil, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF; in English name: Development Bank of Latin America), and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
2. Efforts to Maintain and Improve International Competitiveness of Japanese Industries
Amid increasingly intense international competition caused by economic globalization, JBIC is supporting Japanese companies' exports of machinery and equipment as well as ships, their participation in overseas infrastructure projects, merger and acquisition (M&A) activities, and overseas manufacturing and sales activities to capture growing overseas markets by these companies. This also includes mid-tier enterprises as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (collectively SMEs). All of these supportive actions are done by drawing on its various financial facilities and schemes. Thereby, JBIC is contributing to maintaining and improving the international competitiveness of Japanese industries. In these areas, JBIC made a total of 182 commitments amounting to 1,800.1 billion in loans, equity participations, and guarantees.
(1) Supporting Efforts in Overseas Infrastructure Projects
JBIC supported the following projects: in the power sector, a gas-fired combined cycle power plant project in Thailand participated by Japanese companies, coal-fired power plant projects in Morocco and Chile, and exports of transmission and substation equipment to Indonesia. In the transportation sector, an intercity express railway project in the U.K. participated by Japanese companies, and exports of railway cars to Venezuela. In the telecommunications sector, exports of a portion of the submarine optical fiber cable system that will connect Singapore and Japan. In the water sector, exports of equipment for a seawater desalination plant in Singapore.
In other operations, JBIC subscribed to the new shares issued by Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) in India, the core project executing agency for advancing the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project, and decided to invest in infrastructure funds targeting respectively North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and India.
Further, JBIC strengthened ties with foreign governments and government agencies to create opportunities for Japanese companies to participate in projects, including in the infrastructure sector, by signing MOUs with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the People's Committees of Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi City, all of which were intended to support business expansion of Japanese companies in private sector investments, including in the infrastructure sector. JBIC also signed a bilateral co-financing Agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (U.S. Ex-Im Bank) to support Japanese and U.S. companies in their joint exports to third countries.
(2) Supporting Exports, Manufacturing, and Sales Business by Japanese Companies
JBIC supported the following exports: oil refinery-related equipment to Kazakhstan, textile manufacturing machinery to Angola, a printing machine to Brazil, a Picking Line-Tandem Cold Mill and petrochemical plant-related equipment to India, and an ethylene production plant-related equipment to Turkey. JBIC supported exports of ships as well: bulk carriers to Turkey, The Bahamas and Hong Kong, and Ramform vessels to The Bahamas. JBIC extended credit lines for supporting Japanese exports to banks in Malaysia, India, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa.
In addition to exports, JBIC also supported overseas manufacturing and sales business by Japanese companies in a wide range of areas including automobiles, electrical machinery and electronic equipment, other machinery and equipment, and metals. In supporting some Japanese investment projects in Thailand and Indonesia, financing was provided in the local currency of Thai Bath and Indonesian Rupiah.
(3) Supporting Overseas Business Development of SMEs
To support overseas business expansion of Japanese SMEs, JBIC utilized various financial instruments as follows: provided loans to SMEs expanding primarily into the Asian region; extended investment credit lines to a number of Japanese financial institutions including Japanese regional financial institutions; made equity participation in a private equity fund to support business expansion of Japanese companies, including SMEs into the ASEAN region; extended loans to KASIKORNBANK Public Company Limited (KBANK) in Thailand in cofinancing with a number of Japanese regional banks to support the business operations of Thai subsidiaries of Japanese SMEs, as well as the country's local companies that sustained damage by last year's flood. In these financial operations, JBIC made a total of 34 commitments amounting to 34.1 billion yen in loans and equity participations. Furthermore, JBIC signed new MOUs with the State Bank of India, BDO Unibank (BDO), and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank) in the Philippines, respectively.
3. Efforts in the Environment Sector
In the environment sector, JBIC supported a renewable energy power generation project in Canada participated by a Japanese company in project financing denominated in the Canadian dollar. Also in Brazil, JBIC supported a co-generation project at a refinery and a flaring gas reduction project at multiple offshore oil concessions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Moreover, JBIC extended credit lines to multiple overseas local financial institutions in India, Malaysia, Turkey, and Colombia to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency improvement projects or Japanese exports of machinery and equipment used in such projects.
4. Preventing Disruptions to International Financial Order or Taking Appropriate Measures with Respect to Damages Caused by Such Disruptions
JBIC offered a Contingent Facility to the Government of Indonesia as a precautionary measure to enhance its crisis preparedness to address the potential adverse impacts of continued international financial market volatility on Indonesia's economy with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Australia. To support Myanmar's return to international financial markets, JBIC extended bridge loans for the first time in twenty years to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to clear the arrears of past loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Development Association (IDA), part of the World Bank Group.