FIF - Regional SME CSP - OTPL Serbia



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Approval date:

28 Sep 2021



PSD disclosed:

30 Sep 2021

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Project Description

Provision of a senior loan of up to EUR 10 million in two equal tranches to OTP Leasing Serbia (the "company" or "OTPL") under the Regional SME Competitiveness Support Programme ("CSP"). The loan will be fully guaranteed by the parent, OTP Bank Serbia ("OTP").

Project Objectives

The project will support investments by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade production facilities and comply with EU Directives in environmental protection, workers' and product safety and product quality. The investments will be selected on the basis of technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the Policy Statement for the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme (CSP WB). Support to SMEs is tailored as a combination of access to finance with TC and non-TC assistance. At least 60% of the use of the proceeds will go towards financing GET-eligible investments in line with the Policy Statement.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The project contributes to the objectives of the Regional SME-CSP, supporting the competitive and resilient TI qualities.

Competitive: The project will contribute to: (i) supporting SMEs in accessing finance towards EU standards investments; and (ii) assisting SMEs to access advice and know-how for introducing and implementing EU standards and becoming competitive. 

Resilient: Sub-borrowers will be expected to be commercially viable, which will be reflected in the expected strong underwriting expertise and adequate portfolio quality of the PFIs.

Client Information


OTP Leasing is one of the leading leasing companies in Serbia and a fully-owned subsidiary of OTP Bank Serbia (which in turn is fully-owned by OTP Bank Nyrt Hungary). OTP Leasing provides financial leases for a full suite of assets ranging from freight vehicles, minibuses and buses to passenger vehicles, construction machines and agricultural equipment. The company operates via two branch offices in Serbia with 58 employees and has active local and international partnerships with vendors and agents in all business areas.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 10,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 10,000,000.00


Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing, in the form of the senior loan, with technical support and targeted invesment incentives into a package that promotes investments that will improve the competitivness of the local SMEs.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). OTPL currently operates as a former Societe Generale Leasing, which was an existing client and its performance to date for existing exposures has been satisfactory. OTPL will be required to comply with EBRD's PRs 2, 4 and 9, including the expanded Exclusion List and FI Referral List for any sub-projects that include activities listed in Appendix A to PR 9 and implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Leasing and submit annual E&S reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through OTPL's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements. The overall risk portfolio of the investments foreseen under this facility is low to medium risk. Due to the organisational changes, OTPL's Environmental and Social Management System will need to be re-established following OTP Group Policies and EBRD will be working with OTPL to put appropriate procedures in place to manage its investments.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

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.

Co-investment grants: EUR 1.5 million for investment incentives to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP Policy Statement.

Company Contact Information

Nadja Kostic
381 11 222 1361
Bulevar Zorana Djindjica 50a/b, Novi Beograd, Srbija

PSD last updated

30 Sep 2021

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