This project was approved as part of the Bank's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to Covid-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
Financing is comprised of a senior loan of up to USD 75 million in favour of Akbank T.A.S. The proceeds of the loan will be channelled by Akbank predominantly to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Turkey.
The operations will enable the company to increase the availability of short-term financing predominantly to SMEs in Turkey facing liquidity stress due to the Covid-19 crisis.
ETI score: 60
The main goal of the operation is to ensure resilience and preserve competition in the financial sector. The transition impact of the project will stem from "Resilient" and "Competitive" transition qualities by providing Akbank with funding to scale up its lending activities as part of its ongoing growth trajectory and to remain an active and effective market player amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Akbank is the 7th largest bank in Turkey by unconsolidated asset size (4th largest amongst private and foreign banks), with total unconsolidated assets of EUR 54.1 billion as of December 2019. Akbank is currently rated B3 by Moody's and B+ by Fitch. Sabanci Holding and affiliated institutions and individuals own 48.8% of Akbank and the remaining shares (51.2%) are listed on Borsa Istanbul.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The project is additional as Covid-19 crisis response. EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by Covid-19 pandemic and provides a confidence inspiring signal associated with IFI support.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Akbank is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. The EBRD's use of proceeds will finance predominantly Turkish SMEs, for which the overall environmental and social risk level is expected to be low to medium. Akbank has adequate capacity to manage the risks arising from such portfolio and will have to make sure to implement the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending which are applicable to this portfolio.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Akbank Dis Kaynaklar
+90 212 385 62 38
+90 212 281 81 88
Sabanci Center 4. Levent Istanbul 34330
PSD last updated
23 Jun 2020
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