FIF - Regional SME CSP - NLB Bank Skopje

Location:

North Macedonia

Project number:

51557

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

19 May 2020

Status:

Repaying

PSD disclosed:

17 Jun 2020

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 senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 5.0m under the Regional SME Competitiveness Support Programme ("CSP") in two tranches of EUR 3.0m and EUR 2.0m (2nd tranche uncommitted). Tenor: up to 5 years maturity (consisting of 1year grace and 4 years for principal repayment).

This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.

Project Objectives

Supporting investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade production facilities and comply with various EU Directives in the field of environmental protection, workers' safety and product quality and safety. The investments will be selected based on the technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the Policy Statement. 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 be related to Green Economy Transition ("GET") 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 project will contribute towards: (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: 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

NLB BANKA AD SKOPJE

NLB Bank Skopje ("NLB SK'') is the third largest bank in North Macedonia (16% market share by total assets). It operates through a network of more than 50 branches across North Macedonia (around half of them in Skopje), has nearly 900 employees and caters to both corporate and retail customers.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 5,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 5,000,000.00

Additionality

EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, e.g. a longer grace period than the market average, restricted foreign currency financing etc. Such financing is necessary to structure the project.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). NLB is an existing client and is in compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9 under previous exposures. NLB will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, as well as the PRs, including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019, and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through NLB's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

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

Non-TC:EUR 0.75 million for investment incentives to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP WB Policy Statement.

Company Contact Information

Tijana Blazhevska
t.blazhevska@nlb.mk
+389 2 5100 867
+389 2 3105 681
www.nlb.mk
Majka Tereza No.1, 1000 Skopje

PSD last updated

07 Dec 2020

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)

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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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