Senior loan of up to EUR 50 million to UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A. (UCL) under the Financial Intermediary Framework.
The proceeds of the loan will be used to finance local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) lessees to ensure their uninterrupted access to finance following the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
ETI score: 60
The project will support the Financial Intermediary Framework qualities by enhancing both UCL's competitiveness by helping expand its SME portfolios with a focus on reaching regional clients and its resilience by helping ensure prudent leasing practises and adequate portfolio quality. With its wide regional outreach, UniCredit Leasing is well positioned to provide finance to MSMEs and attract new MSME clients.
UNICREDIT LEASING SA
UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A., incorporated in 2002 and owned by UniCredit Bank Romania S.A. (99.99%) and UniCredit Consumer Financing IFN S.A (0.01%) is the largest leasing company operating in Romania.
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior loan of up to EUR 50,000,000.
Total Project Cost
Total project cost is up to EUR 50,000,000.
The EBRD's participation in the proposed transaction is expected to be highly additional in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Romanian economy and MSME sector in particular, elevated risks and confidence-enhancing effect of the EBRD's financial backing. The EBRD's proposed loan will help offer financing to diversify the client's funding base, enhance knowledge, innovation and capacity building, and enable expansion.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A. is a new client for the EBRD and has provided a range of information to document management of key environmental and social (E&S) issues and to demonstrate compliance with the EBRD's PRs 2, 4 and 9. UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A. has adequate and appropriate systems in place based on UniCredit and IFC standards. There are staff assigned to be responsible for management of E&S issues, screening against the E&S Exclusion List is undertaken, and compliance with national E&S requirements is confirmed. UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN S.A.will be required to provide the Bank with annual E&S reporting to confirm its on-going compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Strada Ghetarilor 23-25, Bucuresti 014106, Romania
PSD last updated
19 Oct 2020
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