RLF - ProCredit Bank Bulgaria Senior Preferred Loan

Location:

Bulgaria

Project number:

53748

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

21 Sep 2022

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

30 Aug 2022

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

Provision of a EUR 60 million senior preferred unsecured loan to ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) EAD ("PCBB"). The loan will have two equal tranches of EUR 30 million each.

Project Objectives

The proposed Project aims to support the resilience of PCBB, a recognised SME-dedicated bank in Bulgaria, in a challenging market environment and to finance businesses in Bulgaria directly or indirectly affected by economic consequences of the war on Ukraine, with the ultimate goal of preserving livelihoods in the country.

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 helping PCBB in meeting its respective regulatory requirements towards loss absorbing funding base and also support the 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 Bulgaria, particularly MSMEs, which have been directly and indirectly impacted by the ongoing war and its spill-over effects on the regional economies.

Client Information

PROCREDIT BANK BULGARIA EAD

PCBB was established in 2001 and is part of the international ProCredit Holding group, a network of SME banks. With total assets of EUR 1.8 billion as at end-June 2022, the bank ranks 10th among 25 banks operating in the Bulgarian market. PCBB is rated by BBB-/Stable by Fitch (July 2022).

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 60,000,000.00

Bail-in-able bilateral senior preferred unsecured loan.

Total Project Cost

EUR 130,000,000.00

Total bail-in-able funding for 2022-2024 to be raised by PCBB.

Additionality

Financing structure and risk mitigation:

Given the insufficient capacity and low liquidity of the local capital market, the project will be closing the funding gap and ensuring PCBB raises enough bail-in-able funding to meet its regulatory requirements.

Standard setting:

  1. Portion of the loan proceeds will be used to finance green investments in line with EBRD Green Economy Transition approach, thus supporting the bank's efforts in promoting and financing projects with clear environmental benefits beyond the normal course of banking business and enhancing awareness and deployment of funds in this area.
  2. As part of the project, PBCC commits to identify gender gaps in the workplace and take appropriate measures to improve overall staff engagement.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). PCBB is an existing client and will be required in relation to this project 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 PCBB 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

None.

Company Contact Information

ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) EAD Head Office
contact@procreditbank.bg
(+ 359 2) 81 35 808 /809
(+ 359 2) 81 35 109
www.procreditbank.bg
26 Todor Aleksandrov Blvd., Sofia 1303

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

30 Aug 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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