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[January 18, 2013]

Ex-Im Bank Posts 1st Quarter Numbers

Jan 18, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced that it approved $7.45 billion in authorizations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, which is up from $4.25 billion during the same period in 2012 a 75 percent increase.

These authorizations are supporting approximately 57,000 American jobs at no cost to our nation's taxpayers.

"These robust first quarter numbers show that we are on track to have another strong year at Ex-Im Bank," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "With more than $7 billion already authorized, the Bank remains committed to reaching out more to small and medium-sized business owners and helping create more jobs through exports. American workers are second to none, and we will continue to encourage our businesses to compete globally and increase their sales." First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights -The top industry sector was infrastructure with concentrations in manufacturing, aircraft, information and communications service providers, and power projects.

-The top destination markets were India, Germany, Russia, and Poland.

-Authorizations for working capital and credit insurance grew by 43 percent for minority and women-owned exporters, rising from $143.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $205.3 million in 2013.

-The amount authorized for small business increased by 49 percent, rising from $789 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $1.2 billion in 2013.

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers.

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