G4G: RBI Ukraine

Location:

Ukraine

Project number:

51350

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

10 Nov 2021

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

24 Dec 2021

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

An unfunded guarantee of up to €75 million in local currency equivalent in favour of Raiffeisen Bank Ukraine (RBUA), a joint stock company incorporated in Ukraine. The guarantee will have an initial tenor of three years.

Project Objectives

The guarantee will cover the risk of non-payment of local currency sovereign bonds held by RBUA. The guarantee will enable RBUA to make new sub-loans to private sector borrowers at a multiple of the guaranteed amount. At least €22.5 million in local currency equivalent will be allocated towards Green Economy Transition (GET) eligible sub-projects.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

The project will free up capacity for new lending in Ukraine to MSMEs and corporates. Furthermore, the project builds on policy dialogue activities under the Vienna Initiative platform, reinforces cross border banking and is aligned with Technical Cooperation (TC) activities that support local authorities in strengthening and aligning their regulatory and supervisory frameworks for banks with those of the EU. The expected transition impact of the project is derived from the Resilient and Competitive TI qualities.

Client Information

RAIFFEISEN BANK JSC

is an existing client of the EBRD and the fourth largest bank in Ukraine in terms of total assets and the third largest bank in terms of performing loans. It is the largest bank in Ukraine with foreign capital. The bank's key focus is lending to agricultural producers, multinational companies, and exporters. RBUA serves around 2.8 million clients, including more than 3,000 corporate businesses, and some 50,000 MSMEs through a countrywide network of around 400 branches.

RBU is 68.3 per cent owned by Raiffeisen Bank International AG Austria (RBI) and 30 per cent by EBRD.

EBRD Finance Summary

UAH  2,298,607,500

Total Project Cost

UAH  2,758,329,000

Additionality

Additionality is achieved based on several factors:

-          the EBRD offers a large volume instrument filling a market gap using an innovative financing structure on commercial terms not available from other market participants.

-          the EBRD's involvement in the project is designed to trigger a change in Ukraine's regulatory and supervisory framework for banks.

-          The project will support the commitment of a major EU banking group to the EBRD Region.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). RBUA will be required to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4. It is expected that RBUA will apply the requirements of PR9 to its entire portfolio, including to the SME and corporate lending provided through the freed-up capital and as part of the Project. RBUA will need to implement the EBRD Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and corporate lending and submit annual reports to the Bank. The project is consistent with the GET approach and the GET share is 30 per cent.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

This project is closely aligned with the ongoing policy dialogue under the Vienna Initiative. A dedicated TC assignment in Ukraine will support the convergence of regulatory and supervisory frameworks for banks in Ukraine with EU standards.

Company Contact Information

Anna Kilmukhametova
anna.kilmukhametova@raiffeisen.ua
+380999000685
https://raiffeisen.ua
Raiffeisen Bank JSC 9 Leskova street, Kyiv, 01011 Ukraine

PSD last updated

24 Dec 2021

Understanding Transition

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

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

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

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

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.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

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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