This project was approved in the context 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.
Provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 5m (the "loan") for on-lending to local SMEs through the Regional SME Competitiveness Support Programme (SME-CSP). The loan will be fully guaranteed by Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG.
The project will support investments in SMEs to upgrade production facilities and comply with various EU Directives in the field of environmental protection, workers' and product safety and product quality. The investments will be selected based on the technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the Policy Statement for the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme (CSP WB). Support to the SMEs is tailored as a combination of access to finance with TC and non-TC assistance. At least 60% of the use of proceeds will go towards financing GET-eligible investments in with the Policy Statement.
ETI score: 60
The project contributes to the objectives of the FIF, supporting transition qualities:
1) Competitive: The project supports SPK lending to private SMEs in BiH, where the gaps are large, by a multiple of EBRD's funding. The project focuses on regional outreach and attraction of new SME clients.
2) Resilient: SPK will be expected to maintain adequate portfolio quality.
SPARKASSE BANK DD
Sparkasse Bank d.d. is the sixth largest lender in Bosnia and Herzegovina by assets (4.9% market share) and fifth by loan portfolio (5.4% market share) as of end-2019. The bank offers universal banking services to corporate, SMEs and individual clients through a network of 40 branches and outlets managed by the head office in Sarajevo and served by 530 employees. Sparkasse Bank d.d. is 100% owned by Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG, Austria.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
COVID-19 crisis response: EBRD financing effectively bridges a financing gap due to adverse market conditions. EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the client.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). SBK is an existing client and its performance to date for existing exposures has been satisfactory. The AESR for 2019 will need to be reviewed by ESD prior to signing to confirm compliance. SBK will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 and 9, implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit annual E&S reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through SBK's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: The TC will include support for Programme Consultants that will assist with the implementation, marketing and monitoring of the Programme and a separate verification of the technical implementation of the investments by the Sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released.
Non-TC: EUR 0.75 million for investment incentives to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP WB Policy Statement.
Company Contact Information
Nesim Murtic, Head of Treasury Division
+387 (0) 33 280 328
+387 (0) 33 280 237
Zmaja od Bosne 7, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
PSD last updated
09 Oct 2020
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