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EBRD supports more than €53 million of food security loans in Ukraine

By Vanora Bennett

Читати українською

  • EBRD guarantees €30 million of over €53 million of lending to support food security in Ukraine
  • Three unfunded risk-sharing facilities are to ProCredit Bank, OTP Bank and OTP Leasing
  • Support is part of €1 billion EBRD activity in Ukraine this year, with donors and partners

The EBRD is boosting food security in wartime Ukraine by issuing risk-sharing instruments to selected local banks and a leasing company that will back more than half the credit risk of newly originated financing provided by them up to a total value of €53.25 million. The share of risk the EBRD takes on with ProCredit Bank, OTP Bank Ukraine and OTP Leasing comes to €30 million.

The EBRD’s risk-sharing instruments enhance local financiers’ capacity to provide access to finance for Ukrainian private companies operating in critical agri-related industries, whether farming or food processing, transport and imports. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February, came just ahead of the spring sowing season in this major agricultural economy, which supplies farming produce around the world.

With ProCredit, Ukraine’s 14th biggest bank, the EBRD is sharing 60 per cent of risk on up to €25 million of loans to be made by ProCredit, a total of €15 million. With OTP Bank Ukraine, the country’s 9th bank, the EBRD is sharing 60 per cent of risk on up to €8.75 million of loans to be made by the bank, a total of €5.25 million. And with OTP Leasing, the EBRD is sharing 50 per cent of risk on €19.5 million, or €9.75 million.

All EBRD investments in Ukraine under its resilience package will be enabled by risk-mitigating instruments supported by donors. In the case of these agreements, half of the EBRD risk share will be supported by donor-funded First Loss Risk Cover.

Boosting food security during the war is a key element of the Bank’s five-pronged support plan for Ukraine’s real economy. The EBRD’s dedicated food security package envisages supporting €200 million of food security investment this year in Ukraine. The EBRD is also supporting trade, energy security, vital infrastructure and the pharmaceuticals industry through €1 billion of investment planned in Ukraine this year.

The war on Ukraine also raises the spectre of worsening food security globally, because Ukraine is a significant food exporter, accounting for almost 10 per cent of global wheat exports, as well as 14 per cent of corn and 37 per cent of sunflower oil exports.

Aside from direct war damage, agricultural production is hampered by lack of fuel, access to seeds, fertiliser and equipment. Limitations on ships in the Black Sea add longer-term logistical risks.

The EBRD was swift to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February and pledged to stand by Ukraine. In early April, the EBRD’s Board of Governors voted to suspend open-endedly the access of Russia and Belarus to EBRD finance and expertise, and the Bank has closed its offices in Russia and Belarus.

In addition to a resilience package for Ukraine and neighbouring countries affected by the war, the EBRD has pledged to help finance Ukraine’s reconstruction once conditions permit.

JSC ProCredit Bank in Ukraine is a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary of ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA and one of the market leaders in financing small and medium-sized businesses in Ukraine. With US$ 1 billion in total assets, it is ranked as Ukraine’s 14th largest bank in Ukraine, with 98 per cent of its loan portfolio consisting of SME clients and the remainder private clients at the end of 2021.

JSC OTP Bank in Ukraine is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Hungary’s OTP Bank Plc. SMEs and corporates make up 70 per cent of its loan book and retail clients the remaining 30 per cent. The bank was ranked 9th in Ukraine with 3.4 per cent share of total banking assets at the end of 2021.

LC OTP Leasing is the leading leasing company in Ukraine with about 39 per cent market share in terms of leasing portfolio ((which stood at US$ 505 million at the end of 2021), a stable financial position, proven track record and viable business model. It focuses on corporate clients with positive credit history, international ownership, leading market positions and balanced funding structures. OTPL provides financial leases and fleet management services to corporate and MSME clients across the country and is ultimately owned by OTP Bank Plc., Hungary.

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