The EBRD invested €40 million in a 3.25NC2.25 senior preferred bond issued by OTP Bank Plc. ("OTP"), as part of its €650 million public bond issuance. The bonds are rated BBB (S&P) and listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. OTP will allocate the equivalent amount of the EBRD's investment in Hungary and up to 9 regions outside Hungary where OTP has subsidiaries, in particular: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The project supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of the largest bank in Hungary, helps develop and deepen capital markets, and delivers on the Bank's green agenda and national green economy priorities for Hungary and EBRD's countries of operation, in which OTP is present.
ETI score: 64
The project will contribute to the Resilient transition quality by supporting OTP's resilience through a build-up of its MREL-eligible funding base and continued lending to the real economy in its wide region of presence.
The project also contributes to the Green transition quality by supporting the Bank's Green Economy Transition ("GET") approach in Hungary and Central and South-Eastern Europe through OTP allocating an amount equivalent to 140% of the EBRD's investment in Regular Bonds and Social Bonds to GET-eligible projects.
OTP BANK NYRT
OTP is the largest bank in Hungary, with circa 28 per cent market share by domestic assets, and is one of the important regional market players, actively operating in Central and South-Eastern Europe, with operations in 11 countries and serving around 15.6 million customers. OTP is listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange and is rated BBB/Baa1 (S&P/Moody's).
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The project is additional as it (i) supports OTP to successfully raise sizable loss-absorbing funding given the disrupted global capital markets, and (ii) contributes to OTP's green agenda.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019): OTP is an existing EBRD client and will be required to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; implement the applicable EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending, and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. OTP will be required to apply the updated Exclusion List introduced with ESP 2019 as well as the Referral List. As for all capital market transactions, Category A projects are excluded. The funding allocated towards GET-eligible projects will need to follow the E&S Eligibility Criteria for Wind, Solar, Hydro, Bioenergy and Geothermal projects, if such projects are being financed.
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