Resilience Framework - NBK Egypt loan

Location:

Egypt

Project number:

52023

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Approval date:

23 Apr 2020

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

04 May 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

This project was approved as part 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.

Provision of a senior unsecured loan to National Bank of Kuwait Egypt ("NBKE") of up to USD 100 million, under the Bank's Resilience Framework ("RF") developed to address the impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds of the proposed loan will be on-lent to local private Small and Medium Enterprises ("SMEs"), and to Corporates to cover liquidity needs that may arise as a result of COVID-19.

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the loan will help NBKE in providing funding to local SMEs and Corporates experiencing either a decrease in their activity, turnover and profitability, in turn leading to delays in payments and potential defaults, or growing capacity needs due to a significant fluctuation in demand in particular sectors

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

The transition impact of the project will come its contribution to the continued functioning of the Egyptian economy by helping private SMEs and corporates to address challenges brought up by the current crisis. The project will also help NBKE maintain its competitiveness in the market

Client Information

NATIONAL BANK OF KUWAIT CAIRO

NATIONAL BANK OF KUWAIT - EGYPT

NBKE is the 13th largest Egyptian bank by asset size and the 10th largest private bank with total assets of USD 3.9bn (EUR 3.6bn). NBKE has a market share of 1.1%, 1.7% and 1.2% by assets, loans and deposits, respectively as of YE 2019. It is 95% controlled by NBK, Kuwait's largest bank, with over 30% market share as of December 2019.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 100,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 100,000,000.00

Additionality

COVID-19 crisis response allowing NBKE to respond to liquidity needs for SMEs and corporates experiencing slowdown and payment delays, or increased capacity needs following a massive fluctuation in demand.  

Environmental and Social Summary

Category FI (2019 ESP). NBKE is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 and 9 apply the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate and SME loans and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A

Company Contact Information

Karim Kamal
Karim.Kamal@nbk.com.eg
+ 202 2614 9374
https://www.nbk.com/egypt/
Plot 155 – City Center First Sector – Fifth settlement, New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

PSD last updated

04 May 2020

Understanding Transition

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

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

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Please note that after the appointment of the new mechanism Head in 2020, the revised Project Accountability Policy and Guidance will come into effect to guide case handling.

 

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