On 21st June 2022, the EBRD invested HUF 5.05 billion (EUR 12.6 million equivalent, or 16.8% of the issuance amount) in a 6NC5 Senior Preferred bond issued by Raiffeisen Bank Zrt. ("RBHU"), as part of an issuance of HUF 30 billion, which was then listed on the Luxemburg stock exchange. On 16th November 2022, the EBRD invested another EUR 18 million (or 6% of the issuance amount) in the inaugural public international issuance of RBHU, a 3NC2 EUR 300 million Senior Preferred bond, under the same programme.
The Project supports the resilience of a systemically important bank in Hungary, and contributes to the local capital market development. The project also aims to support strong Green-impact targets with at least 120% of the EBRD's investment to be allocated to finance green projects in line with EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") eligibility criteria.
ETI score: 67
The expected transition impact stems from its contribution to the Resilient and Green qualities:
Resilient: The bonds will contribute to (i) the optimisation of the bank's funding structure by building up the bail-in-able instrument base and diversifying liability sources (ii) capital market development by supporting the development of relatively new capital instruments and crowding in a diverse base of international and local institutional investors.
Green: The project will support the EBRD's GET approach in Hungary through RBHU allocating 120% of EBRD's investments in the bonds to GET-eligible projects further promoting the green agenda in Hungary.
RAIFFEISEN BANK ZRT
RBHU is the sixth largest bank in Hungary, with a market share by total assets of 6.1% as of end 2021, and is classified as other systematically important institution (O-SII) in Hungary. RBHU is 100% owned by Raiffeisen CEE Region Holding GmbH, Austria, in turn fully owned by Raiffeisen Bank International. RBHU is rated A3/stable by Moody's.
EBRD Finance Summary
EUR 30.6 million equivalent
Total Project Cost
EUR 375 million equivalent
The Project depicts strong additionality by supporting RBHU to issue its first HUF-denominated SP bond, with EBRD's participation facilitating further mobilisation of stable, long-hold institutional investors. The project also involves standard-setting in the request to allocate EBRD participation proceeds to GET-eligible projects meeting certain demanding standards and certification requirements. This helps RBHU to promote green projects and enhance awareness and deployment of funds in this area and sets a market example for sustainable finance.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). RBHU should comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9, comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures as appropriate for the type of investment they undertake 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 and RBHU will be expected to report on compliance with these annually. The GET share for this project is 86%.
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PSD last updated
18 Nov 2022
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