The LOLC Group has gained significant expertise in the field of microfinance as an active practitioner of microfinance, by being the largest regulated private sector microfinance provider in Sri Lanka, as well as through its investment in PRASAC Micro Finance Institution in Cambodia. It was LOLC Group’s maiden foray into overseas investment with just over a 22% stake. However, LOLC Group’s stake in PRASAC increased to 70% recently, when LOLC International Private Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of LOLC) and The Bank of East Asia Limited (BEA) acquired a majority interest in PRASAC Microfinance Institution Limited. Under the new ownership structure of PRASAC, LOLC Group holds 70%, while BEA holds 21% and 9% is held by P S Co., Ltd.
Energised by the success of its first overseas investment in Cambodia, the LOLC Group in 2013 received a license to establish and operate a deposit-taking institution in Myanmar. This achievement was significant not only for the Group but for Sri Lanka as well, as it is only the fourth license to be issued to a foreign entity by the Myanmar Microfinance Supervisory Enterprise since the establishment of the microfinance act in Myanmar in November 2011.
LOLC acquired 60% of share in Thanakea Phum (Cambodia) Ltd. in September 2014 which was renamed as LOLC (Cambodia) Ltd; the 5th largest regulated microfinance institution in Cambodia with a focus on serving entrepreneurs and families at the base of the socio-economic pyramid. With a proud history of 20 years, LOLC (Cambodia) Ltd. has become a trusted provider of financial services for Cambodians and is well-positioned to further broaden its outreach and impact across Cambodia with an experienced management team, strong governance and social commitment.
Meanwhile, the LOLC Group inked a historic joint venture with Pak Oman Microfinance Bank Limited to introduce LOLC’s exceptional and globally accepted Microfinance model to the people of Pakistan. Having observed LOLC’s uniquely effective microfinance business model and its success stories in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cambodia, Pak Oman Microfinance Bank Limited which is a joint venture between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Sultanate of Oman, invited LOLC to take a majority stake in their Microfinance venture.
Also, attracted by the lucrative prospects offered by the leisure sector, the Group has made more strategic investments in popular tourist destinations within South Asia. Accordingly, a series of offshore investments in the Maldives have also been added to the development pipeline, a decision that was prompted by the potentially higher returns that could be generated through these investments in the long term.