FIF- MSME - ACBA Bank

Location:

Armenia

Project number:

53933

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

23 Aug 2022

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

31 Aug 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

Senior unsecured loan in the amount of up to USD 14 million to ACBA Bank for on-lending to local private micro, small and medium enterprises ("MSMEs").

Project Objectives

The project will support ACBA to expand lending to local SME segment. The loan will enable ACBA to increase outreach and meet unsatisfied demand for longer term LCY funding from SMEs. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

Competitive: The project supports ACBA's lending to private SMEs in Armenia, where the gaps are Medium, by a multiple of EBRD's funding. The project focuses on regional outreach and attraction of new SME clients.

Resilient: Requirements to comply with financial covenants and portfolio quality ratios will contribute to the resilience of the institution.

Client Information

ACBA BANK OJSC

ACBA bank is a long-standing partner bank of EBRD since the first engagement in 2003 and one of the leading banks in Armenia. ACBA is the 4th largest bank by total assets with a dominant position in lending to agriculture and MSMEs in rural areas in particular. 

ACBA's shareholders are:

  • ACBA Federation CJSC, non-profit organization, which consolidates 10 Agri unions in Armenia- 83.80%;
  • Credit Agricole S.A. through its subsidiary Sacam International SJSC - 4.55%;
  • more than 5,000 shareholders, including legal entities and individuals - 11.65% (shares are listed on Armenia Securities Exchange).

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 14,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 14,000,000.00

Additionality

Financing Structure: EBRD offers a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the project.

Standard-setting: The project will benefit from EBRD expertise on higher financial standards, including through financial covenants.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). ACBA is a long-standing client of the EBRD an ACBA's past performance and annual environmental and social (E&S) reporting to date for the existing exposures has been satisfactory. ACBA will need to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9 and further comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, and TFP Environmental and Social Procedures; adhere to the updated EBRD's Environmental and Social Exclusion List as well as Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit Annual E&S Reports to the Bank. ACBA's borrowers will be required to comply with applicable national environmental, health and safety and labour requirements.  If any EBRD funds will be utilised to fund solar sub projects, such sub-projects should be managed in line with 'The Proposed Management Approach for Solar Supply Chain Risk Management' (CS/FO/21-35), (CS/FO/21-35 (Add 2)) and any subsequent guidance developed under that approach.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

EBRD will provide a tailor-made Technical Cooperation programme to strengthen the corporate lending procedures at ACBA bank. The expected donor funding source is EBRD SSF. ACBA will provide a client contribution, in the form of cash, equivalent to 20% of the overall TC amount.

The loan will also benefit from FLRC of 12.5% under the SME LCY Programme.

Company Contact Information

Anzhelika Baghramyan
Anzhelika.Baghramyan@acba.am
+ 374 10 31 8888
www.acba.am
82-84 Aram str. / 0002 Yerevan / Republic of Armenia

PSD last updated

31 Aug 2022

Understanding Transition

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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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