Provision of a loan in the amount of RON 555 million (circa EUR 115 million) to the City of Bucharest that will support Romania's capital to fully repay five-year bonds maturing on 4 May 2020, as part of the Bonds Programme launched by the City in 2015. The project was originally designed to be financed with ten-year municipal bonds, in which the Bank would have invested in up to 20%. In the wake of Covid-19 crisis, the Bank agreed with the City to convert its financing into a loan as market conditions were no longer conducive to a bond. The City remains firmly committed to its Bond Programme. The Bank's loan has a tenor of up to three years and a bullet repayment, allowing Bucharest to return to the capital markets once conditions improve.
ETI score: 61
The project demonstrates the "resilience" and "well-governed" transition qualities through its support for ongoing capital market development, improved reporting and corporate governance. It also supports the "resilience" quality by enabling the Bank to help maintain confidence in municipal bond offerings through a smooth refinancing. In addition, it enables the Bank to continue its ongoing policy dialogue discussions with the City of Bucharest, with a particular focus on corporate governance at the utility level.
CITY OF BUCHAREST
The Municipality of Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, with around 1.9 million inhabitants, split into six sectors, each with its own administrative body. It is also the political and economic hub of the country, being home to the legislative body and generating over 24% of the country's GDP, with local GDP more than twice that of the national average.
In January 2020, Fitch reaffirmed ratings for Bucharest City at "BBB-", with stable outlook. Fitch said that the affirmation reflects Bucharest's continuing sound operating performance, moderate debt levels relative to the city's operating balance and current revenue, and sound debt ratios.
EBRD Finance Summary
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Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). Low i Medium risk. The proceeds of the loan are being used to refinance the City's existing municipal bonds (initially issued in 2015 as a refinancing of a Eurobond), and are not envisaged to be directed at specific physical assets or any new capex investments. Therefore, Environment and Social (E&S) due diligence focussed on assessing the risks and impacts associated with the City's existing E&S management systems, practices and compliance record of the existing operations. This has been done through review of publicly available documentation and the reporting which the client has produced on previous projects. Bucharest City's corporate Environmental and Human Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) practices, their internal management systems and practices are deemed adequate and generally in line with the EBRD's Performance Requirements. The loan agreement with the City includes specific E&S provisions, in particular that the City shall develop and maintain environmental and social management systems and carry out its operations and investment activities in compliance with the quality and environmental standards, respective ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards for which the City is already certified and in compliance with the occupational health and safety requirements in accordance with European legislation in the field and EBRD Performance Requirements. Also, (i) the City will comply with the EBRD Performance Requirements, and (ii) any high risk projects or projects categorised "A" in line with EBRD's Environmental & Social Policy 2019 will not be financed through the proceeds of this loan.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The Bank will assist the City through dedicated training programmes with the purpose to improve governance and diversify financial mechanisms for the future investments, including areas such as public-private partnerships, blending mechanisms, public service improvements, environmental and social improvements, capital markets, green bonds investments, and similar subjects.
Company Contact Information
47 Regina Elisabeta Blvd, sector 5, Bucharest
PSD last updated
07 May 2020
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