RF - UkSATSE Liquidity Facility

Location:

Ukraine

Project number:

52251

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

07 Jul 2020

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

10 Jul 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 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.

A liquidity facility in the amount of up to EUR 25 million, split into Tranche 1 (up to EUR 12.5 million, to be committed at signing) and Tranche 2 (up to EUR 12.5 million, to be committed at the Bank's sole discretion), to support the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise ("UkSATSE", "the company").

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the loan will be used to finance critical liquidity and working capital needs of the company, thereby providing emergency liquidity support to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

To assist the company with meeting its debt service obligations, the Bank will also defer principal repayments under the Bank's existing loan to UkSATSE (BDS 11-310) for the period July 2020-April 2021 in the total amount of EUR 1.089 million.  Tranche 2 of the existing loan will be cancelled to manage the company's leverage position and in view of resulting changes to the company's investment priorities triggered by the COVID-19 crisis.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 75

The key sources of TI for the Bank's current project with the company are based on Well-Governed and Green TI qualities and comprise: (i) improved regulation by the State Aviation Administration; (ii) improved safety and business procedures and practices by UkSATSE; and (iii) further integration of Ukraine and UkSATSE into Eurocontrol and implementation of the Local Single Sky Implementation Programme (LSSIP).  

The liquidity support under the RF will allow the company to achieve the remaining TI benchmarks (further integration into Eurocontrol's Central Route Charges Office (CRCO) system and Ukraine's accession to the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) agreement) as well as preserve the TI gains achieved to date, inter alia by ensuring successful implementation of the Local Single Sky Implementation Programme.  

Client Information

UKRAINIAN STATE AIR TRAFFIC SERVICESENTERPRISE

UkSATSE is Ukraine's state-owned air navigation services (ANS) provider. As a natural monopoly, it operates on a cost recovery basis. Approximately 98 per cent of the company's revenues are generated by provision of the air navigation services to airspace users, primarily airlines, and comprise (i) en-route (including transit) charges and (ii) terminal (approach and airdrome control services in Ukrainian airports) charges. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 25,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 25,000,000.00

Additionality

COVID-19 crisis response: EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions, e.g. the COVID-19 crisis.

The Bank is highly additional in the absence of immediate available commercial financing provided on a sustainable for the company basis, as well as lack of access of the company to special financial assistance / loan packages offered by the industry's regulators (Eurocontrol).

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP).  The Environmental and Social (E&S) risks and impacts associated with the air navigation services are limited and can be readily assessed and mitigated through good E&S management practices.  Environmental and Social due diligence (ESDD) has been undertaken in-house in line with the ESD's response to COVID-19 and consisted of a review of the Corporate and COVID-19 questionnaires, as well as past annual E&S reports, safety audit results from ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, a review of the Company's environmental and social (E&S) risk management arrangements under the ESD COVID-19 internal procedure and other publicly available information.

ESDD confirmed that the Company complies with the national laws and has adequate E&S risk management arrangements and capacity to implement the Project in line with the Banks E&S Performance Requirements (PRs).  The Company comprises of a number of subsidiaries involved in various operations within the Ukrainian aviation sector.  An internationally recognised integrated management system has been implemented and certified covering environmental (ISO14001) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) at the group level.  The Company is also developing an energy management system which is in line with ISO 50001.  In 2020, the Company's air navigation services were independently audited under ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme and achieved an effective implementation score that exceeds the global average.  A review of past annual E&S reports confirm they were satisfactory. The Company's operations are regularly audited by National Authorities to confirm compliance with Ukrainian labour, environmental and health and safety laws with no major concerns identified.  In addition, the Company is audited independently to confirm compliance with ISO certified systems.  There are four main trade unions established for the workforce and the organisation is covered by a collective bargaining agreements. Whilst Human Resources policies are in place, procedures and training are required to bring the Project into compliance with PR2 and PR4.  No operational or worker grievance have been reported. The Company does not plan any labour restructuring or redundancies within the next two years, should this change then the Company will need to prepare and submit to EBRD a Retrenchment Plan in line with PR 2.  The Bank will monitor the Company's environmental and social performance in accordance with the Bank's PRs through review of reports and monitoring visits as required.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A

Company Contact Information

Igor Blinov
blinov_is@uksatse.aero
+38 044 351 59 43
www.uksatse.ua
UkSATSE Airport Boryspil Boryspil-1 Kyiv region 08301 Ukraine

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

10 Jul 2020

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