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FIF - Priorbank LCY loan



Project number:


Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

28 Aug 2018



PSD disclosed:

16 Oct 2018

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

Provision of a senior unsecured loan in the amount of up to US$15 million equivalent in local currency to Priorbank, a joint-stock company incorporated in Belarus, for on-lending to local private micro, small and medium enterprises, to be comprised of two tranches with the second tranche (US $10 million) uncommitted and available at the sole discretion of the EBRD.

Project Objectives

The Project will represent an additional local currency source for Priorbank and enable them to expand and facilitate local currency lending to private micro, small and medium-sized enterprises ("MSMEs") in Belarus, while helping MSMEs avoid taking on currency exchange risks. The Project will increase local currency intermediation in Belarus thus supporting the development of the domestic money and capital markets in the country and fostering a more stable financial environment.

Transition Impact

The Project will support the competitiveness of Priorbank by facilitating the development of its MSME loan portfolio with a focus on new and regional borrowers. Providing the local currency funding as well as requirements to comply with financial covenants will contribute to resilience of the institution.

Client Information


Priorbank is the seventh largest bank among 24 banks in Belarus with 5.5 per cent market share by total assets as of June-2018. It is majority-owned by Raiffeisen Bank International and is the largest private bank with around 90 sales offices across the country. Priorbank has been a client of the EBRD since 1996 through multiple lending facilities and equity participation.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 14,138,603.00

(equivalent of BYN 30,000,000)

Total Project Cost

USD 14,138,603.00

(equivalent of BYN 30,000,000)

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2014 ESP). Priorbank operates in compliance with the EBRD's PRs 2, 4 and 9, and its past performance and annual environmental and social (E&S) reporting to date for existing exposures has been satisfactory. The bank will need to continue complying with PRs 2, 4 & 9, implement the E&S Risk Management Procedures for MSME Loans, ensure that appropriate credit staffs undertake the Bank's on-line E&S E-learning training for FIs, and submit annual E&S reporting via Sustainability Index to the EBRD. Sub-borrowers financed through Priorbank's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact Information

Denis Pekun
+375 17 289 92 13
31-A, V Khoruzhey St., 220002 Minsk, Republic of Belarus

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