The value of your share goes entirely to the operation of BRS Microfinance Coop. We invest it in the microfinance institutions in the South with which we work. In turn, they use these resources to offer microcredit to entrepreneurial people in the region in which they operate.
These institutions are carefully selected by objective specialists who regularly visit locally. For this, we work together with Incofin IM. They draw up an opinion that the Investment Committee uses to take a sound decision. The Investment Committee consists of professionals from KBC, Cera and BRS. Together, they have significant expertise in the financial world, the operation of cooperatives and the social challenges facing the South.
We opt for organisations that are financially strong, but the social impact is also essential in our decision-making process. In short, we want to create as much impact as possible with the resources at our disposal - and to do so in a well thought-out, safe way.
Of course, we also closely monitor the functioning and social and financial performance of our partners. Monthly reports help us keep close track of things, but there is also follow-up in the field.
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As BRS Microfinance Coop is a certified development fund, you enjoy a one-off tax rebate of 5% on your investment if you retain your share for at least five years.
You may also benefit from a limited dividend. First and foremost, BRS Microfinance Coop strives for a social return. This may have a restrictive influence on the financial return. The dividend may vary from year to year. It may also be proposed not to pay a dividend.
BRS Microfinance Coop did not pay out a dividend up to and including the 2016 financial year. The dividend for the 2017 financial year was 0.5%, while for the 2018 financial year, it was 0.75%. No dividend was paid in 2019 and 2020. BRS Microfinance Coop intends to continue to propose a modest dividend to the General Meeting on an annual basis.
The dividend is paid into a current or savings account at KBC Bank/KBC Brussels/CBC Banque or another Belgian financial institution. This account must be in the name of the member or that of his/her legal representative. A joint account may be provided for married partners.
The member undertakes to notify BRS of any change to his/her account via his/her KBC/KBC Brussels/CBC branch. BRS is not liable for the consequences of the member’s non-compliance with the above-mentioned obligation.
Unclaimed dividends expire after five years and accrue to BRS.
If the company’s assets are insufficient to pay out the members in accordance with Article 6 of the Articles of Association, payment is made on a pro rata basis.
In accordance with the provisions of the Companies Code, members may voluntarily withdraw shares during the first six months of each financial year (between 1 January and 30 June).
In a number of cases set out in the Articles of Association, the statutory manager may suspend members’ withdrawal requests or refuse voluntary withdrawals.
If you invest in a certified development fund such as BRS Microfinance Coop as a private individual, and meet the conditions stipulated by law, you can get a tax rebate of 5% on your investment. Each year you can indicate your new investments on your tax return (provided you are liable for tax in Belgium).
BRS Microfinance Coop will make sure you always receive your certificate for your tax return in good time. For example, if you subscribe to the maximum number of (10) A-shares of BRS Microfinance Coop, you are entitled to a tax rebate of EUR 250 (5% of EUR 5,000). The tax rebate is granted once in the year of payment. If you do not hold your shares for an uninterrupted period of five years, the tax rebate received will be partially withdrawn (in the amount of the number of months between the transfer of the A-shares and the end of the 60-month period).
Investing in shares involves risks. As a subscriber, you run the risk of losing some or all of the invested capital. Please read the Essential Information Document (EID), the information sheet, the Annual Report and the investment policy in advance, with particular attention to the risk factors.
BRS Microfinance Coop is subject to, among other things, market risk, concentration risk, debtor risk, country risk, exchange-rate risk, interest-rate risk, liquidity risk, etc. Moreover, withdrawals may also have a significant impact on the cash flows of BRS Microfinance Coop.
A practical example:
The registration of your request to retire was done on April 15, 2022.
You receive this certificate 281.84 because you have kept your A shares for five years (60 months). After this period, the tax benefit of 5% that you received when you purchased your shares is definitively acquired. You just need to keep this as evidence. You do not need to take any action in your tax return.
If you sold your shares earlier (< 60 months), you will also receive this certificate stating the number of months you held the shares. You will then have to pay back part (pro rata) of the tax benefit. You do this via your tax return.