RLF - BT SP loan



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Financial institutions

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Approval date:

15 Jul 2022



PSD disclosed:

15 Jul 2022

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

Provision of EUR 25 million senior preferred ("SP") unsecured loan to Banca Transilvania SA, the largest bank in Romania.

Project Objectives

The proposed Project aims to support the resilience of Banca Transilvania, the largest systemic bank in Romania, in a market environment that has become even more challenging given the recent market disruption arising from the ongoing war on Ukraine, the inflationary pressures and remaining risks from COVID-19.  Through this Project, BT will focus on on-lending to businesses in Romania, particularly MSMEs, which have been directly and indirectly impacted by the ongoing war and its economic spill-over effects on the regional economies. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The expected transition impact of the Project stems from its contribution to the Resilient and Inclusive transition qualities. The operation will support the Resilient transition quality by supporting BT in meeting its respective regulatory requirements towards loss absorbing funding base and also support a systemic bank's resilience to market and regulatory shocks, thereby increasing its long-term sustainability. The transaction will contribute to the Inclusive quality by facilitating the financing of businesses in Romania, particularly MSMEs, which have been directly and indirectly impacted by the ongoing war and its economic spill-over effects on the regional economies. 

Client Information


Banca Transilvania S.A. is currently the largest bank in Romania with ~19.5% market share in terms of total assets as of YE21. As of 31 March 2022, apart from EBRD's holding of 6.88%, foreign entities and individuals held ca. 29.8% of BT's share capital, while 63.3% was held by domestic private and institutional investors. BT is rated by Fitch, BB+ (stable) as of 22/12/2021.


EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 25,000,000.00

Bail-in-able bilateral senior unsecured loan

Total Project Cost

EUR 100,000,000.00

Total bail-in-able funding for 2022 to be sourced by EBRD and private investors. 


Financing structure and risk mitigation - Given the insufficient market capacity and lower liquidity of the local capital market, the project wil be closing the funding gap and ensuring BT raises enough bail-in-able funding to meet its regulatory requirements.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Banca Transilvania (BT) is an existing client and is in compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 & 9 under existing exposures. The bank  has developed appropriate capacity to manage environmental and social risks. BT is satisfactorily managing E&S risks within the bank's existing portfolio, which has an medium-high E&S risk profile, by applying the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures across its portfolio and has submitted satisfactory Annual Environmental and Social Reports (AESRs) to the Bank. For this transaction BT will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9, adhere to the EBRD's E&S requirements and submit AESRs to the Bank.  The proposed transaction will require BT to apply the E&S Exclusion List which was amended for the 2019 policy, and also apply the Referral List as per PR9.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Stefania Tent
+40(0)264 407150
+40(0)264 407179
400027 Cluj Napoca, 8 G. Baritiu Str.

PSD last updated

15 Jul 2022

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.


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