The Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Saudi Arabia’s primary financial enabler for its industrial transformation, has approved 212 loans that amounted to $4.5 billion in 2020 for 201 companies in industry, mining, energy, and logistic services. The approved loans covered different tiers, out of which 84% of total loans were dedicated to SMEs, ensuring the fund’s continuous solid support for the key contributors of the economic growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, SIDF proactively supported small, medium, and large companies and offered financial initiatives tailored to their specific needs during these difficult times. The initiatives SIDF offered, which were part of a more comprehensive governmental support package, resulted in three urgent financial aid tranches that exceeded $1.3 billion; the aid was in the form of restructuring installments of 546 loans due in 2020 amounting to $1 billion. Credit instruments augmented the companies’ financial liquidity to finance the companies’ operating expenses, especially the ones impacted by the lockdown, out of which 86 companies have benefited from the initiative for a total amount of $127 million.
Finally, launching an accelerated working capital loan amounting to $172 million directed to finance the raw material requirements of the companies involved in the medical sector to help in boosting the local medical content and the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical security.
SIDF’s 2021 strategy aims to stimulate investments in priority economic sectors, improve client experience, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations, strengthen governance and risk management, and focus on human capital development. The strategy will position SDIF in driving its support to realize the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.