FIF - Regional SME CSP - CKB

Location:

Montenegro

Project number:

51586

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

15 Nov 2022

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

22 Nov 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

A senior unsecured loan up to EUR 3m (the "SMECSP Loan") in two tranches, first tranche of EUR 1m and second tranche of EUR 2m, under the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme (SME-CSP).  The 2nd tranche is uncommitted and its commitment will be at EBRD's sole discretion.

Project Objectives

The Loan is envisaged to provide financing for on-lending to local SMEs for investments to upgrade production facilities and comply with various EU Directives in the field of environmental protection, workers' safety and product quality and safety and become competitive. 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 proceeds will go towards financing GET-eligible investments.

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 Programme will be encouraging the competitiveness of SMEs in the Western Balkans, by (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: The Programme fosters the resilience of SMEs as 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

CRNOGORSKA KOMERCIJALNA BANKA AD PODGORICA

Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka ("CKB", not rated), a 100% subsidiary of OTP Bank Nyrt ("OTP", rated BBB (negative) by S&P and Baa1 by Moody's) is the largest bank in Montenegro. In December 2020, CKB completed the process of merging with Podgoriika banka AD Podgorica ("PB"). It currently holds a market share of 26% by total assets (32% in terms of net loans). Headquarted in Podgorica, the bank has 18 branches and 15 sub-branch offices. CKB is also a 100% owner of OTP Debt Collection.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 3,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 3,000,000.00

Additionality

Combining the necessary long-term financing with technical support and targeted investment incentives into a package that promotes green investments.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka is an existing client and its environmental and social (E&S) performance has been satisfactory to date as evidenced by annual reporting on environmental and social matters. CKB has formally adopted a ESG Risk Management Rulebook in loan origination and monitoring to identify risk, measure, monitor and report on E&S related risks. CKB's portfolio is mostly exposed to wholesale retail and trade, accommodation and food service activities, and public administration and defence (compulsory social security), which are associated with predominantly low-medium E&S risk. CKB will be required to continue to implement the Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending; comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9 including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit Annual E&S Reports to the Bank. All sub-loans will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements. Should the use of proceeds from EBRD investment be allocated to future solar sub-projects, the project will need to comply with the EBRD Solar Supply Chain Risk Management Approach.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC: The TC (EUR 12.14 million for the Programme) will include support for Programme Consultants that will assist with the implementation, marketing and monitoring of the SME CSP WB Programme and conduct a separate verification of the technical implementation of the investments by the Sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released.  

Non-TC: EUR 0.45 million for investment incentives (15% of the Loan amount) to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP WB Policy Statement.

Company Contact Information

Bojan Dozic
bojan.dozic@ckb.me
+382 20 415 611
+382 20 415 611
https://ckb.me/retail/home-retail
Bulevar revolucije 17, Podgorica, Montenegro

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

12 Dec 2022

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