Victoria Commercial Bank is the lender with the smallest non performing loan book in Kenya

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Victoria Commercial Bank has maintained its record as the lender with the smallest non performing loan book in Kenya, by keeping their bad loans at zero percent.

Dr. Yogesh Pattni, the chief executive, said that the bank had kept an outstanding record of running a zero percent on non performing loans (bad loans book) in the past 11 years, putting it in a class of its own.

Victoria Bank is popular for its relationship-based niche private banking model targeted at corporate, high net worth individuals and SMEs.

Dr. Pattni said Victoria Commercial had survived 2017’s difficult operating environment to grow its profit and increase its profile among potential investors.

This, he said, is the reason the shareholders oversubscribed the banks rights issue in 2016 when the confidence in the banking sector was at its lowest.

Dr Pattni spoke on Wednesday evening at dinner event to officially welcome on board Swedish firm Swedfund which has just brought in Sh500 million ($5m) capital into the bank for onward lending to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The new partnership “is an indication that smaller banking institutions can also have Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) as partners with proper and credible management”.

Swedfund is a development finance institution with vast interests in Sub-Sahara’s SME market and Dr. Pattni said “Victoria was happy to be a conduit for increased disbursement of loans to the SME sector, which is a key drive of economic growth and job creation in Kenya”.

Dr Pattni said Swedfund’s seven-year loan will be used to recapitalise the bank to increase its ability to lend to SMEs.

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