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 UniCredit Bank Serbia ("UCB" or the "company") of up to EUR 75 million, under the Bank's Resilience Framework ("RF") developed to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Proceeds of the proposed loan will be on-lent to local private small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"), corporates and municipalities to cover liquidity needs that may arise as a result of Covid-19.
The proceeds of the loan will help the company to continue lending to eligible corporates, SMEs and municipalities in Serbia by providing liquidity in the time of crisis following the Covid-19 pandemic.
ETI score: 70
The project will contribute to ensure resilience and preserve competition in the financial sector of the Serbian economy. The facility will help UCB to maintain the full level of its operations, remain an effective market player during the Covid-19 pandemic (resilient) and will enable UCB to continue commercial lending in line with comparable banking sector participants (competitive).
UNICREDIT BANK SERBIA JSC
UCB is the second largest bank in Serbia (measured by total assets) with 11.5% market share and a strong foothold in the corporate sector (65% of the gross loan portfolio) and an increasing focus on the retail sector. UCB is 100% owned by UniCredit Spa, Italy.
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 UCB to continue lending to eligible corporates, SMEs and municipalities in Serbia.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). UCB will be required to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9, and further, implement and comply with the relevant EBRD's Environmental & Social (E&S) Procedures. Beneficiaries financed through the Facility will be required to comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety and labour standards. The Client's E&S performance will be monitored through the annual review of the E&S report.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Jurija Gagarina 12, Belgrade, Serbia
The Project provided UCB with the needed liquidity and enabled the bank to stay resilient and competitive amidst the crisis. The Project assisted the continued functioning of the Serbian economy by helping eligible corporates, SMEs and municipalities to address challenges brought up by the current crisis. This was achieved by providing the necessary liquidity to support businesses suffering from the direct and indirect economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the majority of funding was directed towards the SME segment. The availability of short-term financing during the COVID-19 crisis supported UCB's efforts to keep providing financing to the Serbian economy. UCB is long-standing partner of the Bank with proven track record, strong orientation to the corporate segment and adequate expertise which allowed it to efficiently reach SMEs, corporates and municipalities and provide emergency liquidity support. The proposed EBRD loan was complementary to the crisis response measures introduced by the Serbian Government and provided necessary support to UCB in their response to client needs.
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05 Jul 2022
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