SBI-BMI - Belgian Corporation for International Investment
Tervurenlaan 168 – B9
Tel: +32 2 776 01 00
Fax: +32 2 770 66 38
BMI-SBI is a semi-public investment company, whose main objective is the medium to long term co-financing of foreign investments by Belgian companies. Its major shareholders are Belgian public institutions, the Federal Investment Company and the Central Bank of Belgium, as well as private companies such as BNP Paribas Fortis, ING Bank and Electrabel.
By offering financing specifically focused on the international expansion of Belgian companies, BMI-SBI represents an exceptional case in the range of products currently offered by most investment companies/venture capitalists in Belgium.
Its activities are oriented towards the creation of new subsidiaries or joint ventures worldwide, as well as the acquisition, restructuring or further development of existing foreign subsidiaries, always in co-operation with Belgian companies. SBI can offer Belgian companies flexible and attractive financing packages as well as services which can contain an important added value based on its extensive experience with foreign investment projects and its large network of correspondents/partners both in Belgium and abroad.
The equity of BMI-SBI amounts to €35 million and is complemented by federal and regional funds. Since its establishment in 1971, BMI-SBI has supported more than 300 Belgian foreign investment projects in over 50 countries worldwide.
BMI-SBI mainly takes minority equity participations in these foreign projects and/or provides quasi-equity financing such as long term subordinated / profit sharing loans. The average financing amount ranges between € 0.5 to 2.5 million while the term is usually between 5 to 10 years. For projects in emerging markets, also larger amounts are feasible, i.e. € 10 to 15 million or more via the European partners of the EDFI network.