CGAP note analyzes compartamos IPO
United States, June, 12 2007 -
CGAP has released a draft Focus Note written by Richard Rosenberg.
CGAP Reflections on the Compartamos IPO: A Case Study on Microfinance Interest Rates and Profits. The successful IPO of Compartamos on April 20th and the enormous gains produced through the sales have provoked discussions concerning 1) the very high interest rates charged over the years 2)were the grants given to Compartamos used inappropriatelly to benefit private investors and 3)governance issues on balancing social and commercial objectives after the IPO. Thus this is a very well written and welcome report providing the base for discussions and brainstorming needed for the microfinance industry. As the author puts it;
"All of us who are involved in commercial transformation-that is, moving microfinance operations from not-for-profit to for-profit institutional forms-need to be clearer and more realistic in dealing with the inevitable consequences of those transformations."