National Bank SME Growth Fund holds $200M initial close

CPE News (1/12/2021) – National Bank Private Investment has completed initial close for the National Bank SME Growth Fund, L.P. with $200 million in committed capital with the participation of more than 245 private investors.

Announced in July 2020, the Fund was created as part of an equal partnership with the Quebec government and will support Quebec’s economic recovery and the digital transformation of its small and medium-sized enterprises. The initial $200 million capital are to be injected by the Quebec government on one hand and by National Bank and private investors related to the Bank on the other hand.

With the initial close, the Fund is up and running to support the economic recovery effort that is underway. Businesses can now apply for financing to support their transfer, growth and acquisition projects.

photo credit: National Bank

News Release

The National Bank SME Growth Fund, L.P., Is Up and Running

$200 million to support business owners with their growth and transformation projects

MONTREAL, Jan. 12, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – With the participation of more than 245 private investors, National Bank Private Investment has completed the initial capitalization of $200 million for the National Bank SME Growth Fund, L.P. (the “Fund”). This initial capital will allow the Fund to support the economic recovery effort that is underway. Businesses can now apply for financing to support their transfer, growth and acquisition projects.

Announced in July 2020, the Fund was created as part of an equal partnership with the Quebec government and will support Quebec’s economic recovery and the digital transformation of its small and medium-sized enterprises. It complements the bank financing available to businesses.

Submit your applications

National Bank Private Investment is ready to help businesses achieve their goals. To be eligible, businesses must:

Have assets of less than $200 million or a net worth of less than $100 million
Request financing between $500,000 and $15 million
Have a detailed business plan and project plan
Have growth prospects
Be a private company with an adequate capital structure
Have been profitable in 2 of the last 3 years or have had sustained and significant sales growth over this period

For more details on the eligibility criteria and exclusions, please visit
https://www.nbc.ca/business/financing/financing-solutions/growth-equity.html#admissibilite.

To submit a project, please email NBCprivateinvestment@nbc.ca.

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“Since the beginning of the pandemic, National Bank has been there for businesses. It’s important for us to continue to support them during this time of change. The SME Growth Fund will allow us to offer concrete solutions to help them seize new development opportunities. We’re proud to be able to contribute to the economic recovery and the vitality of the regions,” said Luc Ménard, Executive Vice-President, Managing Director and Head of Private Investments at National Bank.

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About National Bank of Canada
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SOURCE National Bank of Canada

For further information: Claude Breton, Vice-President – Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, National Bank of Canada, claude.breton@nbc.ca, Tel.: 514-394-8644