The project consists of a convertible loan of US$ 40 million to Kazkommertsbank.
The project's main objectives are to provide medium-term credit resources in Kazakhstan and to channel them towards the country's private sector, to strengthen and enhance KKB's financial position and to assist the company in improving its commercial banking practices and corporate governance.
This operation will contribute to the transition impact in Kazakhstan through the strengthening of a private local financial intermediary, which will continue to provide competitive banking services within the local market. In addition, the local economy will benefit from the on-lending to local enterprises, which will be undertaken on the basis of lending criteria and standards of international quality levels.
Kazkommertsbank (KKB) is the largest private sector bank in Kazakhstan and the leading provider of banking services to individuals and corporations. Its principal activity is the acceptance of deposits and the provision of credit facilities in tenge and foreign currency. As of September 1997, the bank had total assets of US$ 372 million.
The EBRD will extend a convertible loan of US$ 40.0 million to KKB, with an option to convert part of the loan into KKB's shares. Such an amount will not exceed the lower of US$ 20 million or an amount of shares equivalent to KKB's 10 per cent share capital and voting rights.
US$ 40.0 million (ECU 36.6 million).
KKB will carry out its operations in accordance with the EBRD's Environmental Procedures for Local Banks. In implementing these procedures, KKB will require its borrowers to comply, at a minimum, with national/local health, safety, environmental and public consultation requirements.
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