EDC prepared to facilitate up to 1 billion in domestic credit by increasing contract guarantees

    TORONTO, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) today
announced that, following the implementation of its domestic powers, it
expects to facilitate up to CAD 1 billion in new domestic contract guarantees
in 2009.
    "Last year, EDC facilitated more than CAD 4.2 billion in contract
guarantee business in partnership with banks, so our approach to the domestic
market is easily transferable and allows us to bring this capacity to Canadian
companies immediately," said Pierre Gignac, Senior Vice-President, Insurance,
    "Through EDC's guarantees, Canada's financial institutions will see their
risk reduced and require less capital, allowing them to take on more
transactions for their customers."
    In the normal course of business, Canadian companies are frequently
required by their clients to provide letters of guarantee from their bank to
secure their contractual obligations. Financial institutions normally require
collateral in support of these letters, which uses up a company's credit
limit. This process can have a significant impact on the ability for a company
to obtain other types of support from its financial institution, especially in
times of tight credit conditions.
    Through its contract guarantee products, EDC will enable a financial
institution to forgo the collateral usually required from a Canadian company
to post a performance or payment guarantee by offering 100 per cent protection
for the financial institution's exposure.
    EDC's contract guarantees free up a company's credit capacity and allow
them to apply their credit needs towards other revenue generating activities.
    In addition, EDC has guarantee products for financing, which it provides
to banks for loans to customers. These products are different than EDC's
contract guarantee product.
    The manner that EDC will bring additional capacity to the domestic market
reflects what the Government has asked it to do, discussion with and feedback
from Canadian financial institutions.
    This additional capacity is made possible after changes to EDC's
legislation as a result of the Government's Budget 2009, in which EDC received
a temporary two-year broadening of its mandate to undertake domestic financing
and insurance. EDC's domestic powers went into law on Thursday, March 12,
    EDC has also been working with Canada's private commercial insurance
providers to develop more ways to work together to increase access to credit
for Canadian companies.

    EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial
solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international
business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,300
Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide
each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in
financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been recognized as one of
Canada's Top 100 Employers for eight consecutive years.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Phil Taylor, Export Development Canada,
(613) 598-2904, Blackberry: ptaylor@edc.ca

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