Provision of a senior unsecured 2-year loan to ProCredit Bank Albania (PCBA) of up to EUR 10 million to support lending operations amidst adverse consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The proceeds of the loan will be on-lent to eligible sub-borrowers in accordance with the Resilience Framework Policy Statement to cover companies' liquidity needs. Local private small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") are expected to be the key beneficiaries given PCBA's focus on the SME sector.
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.
Proceeds of the loan will be on-lent to eligible sub-borrowers in accordance with the Resilience Framework Policy Statement to cover liquidity needs that may arise as a result of the impact of Covid-19. Local private SMEs are expected to be the key beneficiaries given PCBA's focus on the SME sector.
ETI score: 70
The project will contribute to Albania's economic recovery by supporting SMEs/corporates with short-term working capital and liquidity lines to overcome liquidity gaps as a direct implication of Covid-19 lockdowns. The goal of the operation is to ensure resilience and competitiveness of the banking sector by helping PCBA to remain solvent and operational (Resilient) with continued commercial lending at least in line with the market and comparable players (Competitive).
PROCREDIT BANK ALBANIA SHA
PCBA is a fully owned subsidiary of ProCredit Holding. It is an universal, SME-oriented bank with a 2.1% market share in terms of total assets as of end Q1 2020.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and will allow PCBA to continue lending to eligible SMEs in Albania.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). PCBA is an existing client with a risk sharing facility for agribusiness support. PCBA will be required to continue to comply with Performance Requirements, 2,4 and 9 and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. PCBA will be required to apply the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans and the extended E&S Exclusion list and new Referral list introduced with ESP 2019.
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06 Jan 2021
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