The EBRD invested EUR 80 million (20% of the issuance amount) in a senior preferred bond issued by Erste&Steiermarkische bank d.d. ("ESB"), a part of an issuance of EUR 400 million listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. This is the first bond issued by ESB on the international market.
The project supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of the third largest bank in Croatia and contributes to the development of the local capital market. The project also supports the Green Economy Transition-approach with at least 80% allocation of EBRD investment in GET-eligible sub-projects.
The expected transition impact stems from the contribution to the Resilient and Well-Governed qualities:
- Resilient: The bonds will contribute to (i) local capital market development (ii) regulatory compliance of ESB, (iii) diversification of the funding base and the funding providers and (iv) increase of ESB's loss-absorption capacity and resilience to market or regulatory shocks.
- Well-Governed: The bonds will be listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange and ESB will be obliged to comply with its disclosure and corporate governance requirements.
ERSTE & STEIERMARKISCHE BANK DD
ESB is the third largest bank in Croatia by total assets, with c. 15.8% market share as of end-2020. It is classified as Other Systemically Important Institution and is rated BBB+/stable by Fitch. ESB is owned by Erste Group Bank AG which holds 59.02% share and Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG which holds 40.98% share.
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The project contributes to capital market development in Croatia. The project is also consistent with the EBRD's commitment to promote the green agenda in Croatia.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). ESB is an existing client and is in compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9. ESB will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental requirements and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. Renewable energy projects financed with EBRD's use of proceeds will need to follow the E&S Eligibility Criteria for such projects.
Company Contact Information
Ms Mirjana Haluga
Erste&Steiermärkische Bank d.d. Jadranski trg 3A 51000 Rijeka Republic of Croatia www.erstebank.hr
PSD last updated
01 Jul 2021
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