The role of innovative financing structures

CBI Insights talks with Amr Abu Eldahab, Senior Vice President Contracting and Real Estate, on innovative financing structures.

The global financial crisis and the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of an innovative financial architecture that goes beyond providing finance to businesses. Commercial Bank International recognizes the need for a financial system that is not only effective, timely, and predictable but also contributes to stability, wealth creation, social well-being, and environmental sustainability.

One key aspect of this innovative financial architecture is project finance, which involves long-term financing for independent capital investments. This approach is particularly relevant for projects with identifiable cash flows and assets, such as real estate, infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas ventures. Through project finance, the Bank can conduct a comprehensive financial analysis of the entire project lifecycle, ensuring its economic viability and potential benefits.

A crucial step in project finance is the cost-benefit analysis, which assesses whether the economic benefits of a project outweigh its costs. This analysis is especially important for long-term growth capital expenditures (CAPEX).


It involves determining the optimal financial structure, which is typically a combination of debt and equity, to fund the project effectively. By carefully evaluating the economic benefits and costs, the Bank can make informed decisions and mitigate potential risks.

To assess the feasibility of a project, Commercial Bank International relies on the analysis of project cash flow. It is imperative that these cash flows are sufficient to cover operating costs and service the debt, including capital repayment and interest payments.

The prioritization of cash flow allocation ensures the stability of the project's financial obligations. Only after meeting these obligations can any surplus funds be used to pay dividends to project sponsors. 

Commercial Bank International recognizes that sustainable growth requires a careful balance between economic development, social well-being, and environmental stewardship. By engaging in innovative project finance, CBI aims to foster long-term growth in a manner that benefits all stakeholders.

This includes supporting projects that align with sustainable development goals and contribute to the overall prosperity of the local economy. As the global financial landscape continues to evolve, Commercial Bank International stands at the forefront of innovation in financial architecture. By embracing project finance and conducting thorough cost-benefit analyses, the Bank ensures the effective allocation of resources and the realization of economic benefits.
With a focus on stability, wealth creation, social well-being, and environmental sustainability, CBI’s objective is to ensure sustained economic growth for the local economy in the long run, benefiting businesses, individuals, and the community at large.

• The role of innovative financing structures in facilitating real estate development and infrastructure projects.
Source: Project Finance: How It Works, Definition, and Types of Loans (

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