RF - UzPSB UZS Loan

Location:

Uzbekistan

Project number:

52264

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

16 Jun 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

29 Sep 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.

The provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to US$ 25 million in the local currency equivalent (synthetic UZS) under the Resilience Framework in favour of Uzpromstroybank ("UzPSB"). The proceeds of the loan will be channelled by UzPSB to the businesses operating in Uzbekistan. This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Objectives

The proposed project will allow UzPSB to: (i) provide much needed funding in the local currency to eligible sub-borrowers thus improving the resilience of the financial sector; and (ii) help UzPSB to maintain and grow its market share in lending to the local private borrowers despite of the COVID-driven market disruption. Moreover, continued lending to the SME segment will be essential for the bank's management to carry on the Transformation efforts.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

The transition qualities are Resilient and Competitive. The operation will contribute to the resilience of the financial sector and promote competition in the sector. More specifically, it will help UzPSB to remain solvent and operational (Resilient) and continue commercial lending in line with the market and comparable players (Competitive).

Client Information

UZBEK INDUSTRIAL AND CONSTRUCTION BANK JSCB (UZPROMSTROYBANK)

UzPSB is the oldest bank in the country, ranked second by assets out of 30April 2020. The bank is majority-owned by the state via the Uzbekistan Fund for Reconstruction and Development ("UFRD") 82.1 per cent and the Ministry of Finance 12.8 per cent. UzPSB follows a universal banking model and serves more than 1 million clients, including 56,000 corporates, via its 45 branches and 170 outlets across the country. Currently, UzPSB is undergoing a Transformation process, which envisions commercialisation of its business model and ultimate privatisation.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 25,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 25,000,000.00

Additionality

Additionality for the proposed UZS SME loan stems from limited financing options for local SMEs. In light of the limited in-country presence of private investors or IFIs, which provide both access to financing and know-how to local players, the Bank's role would be particularly visible, helping to attract more private investors. The intangible benefits of the Bank's involvement with a key local player will also help facilitate the sector-wide transition toward a more competitive and commercial business model.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). UzPSB Bank is an existing client with a previous TFP line and recently signed SME loan. Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) was recently completed for the SME transaction and included a further review of the Borrower's Environmental and Social Management System, which is currently being updated with input from the IFC.  The ESMS is considered generally aligned with Performance Requirement (PR) 9 and will reach full compliance with updates to refer to the EBRD specifics including the ESP 2019, exclusion and referral lists. In addition the Borrower will need to continue to comply with PR2 and 4 and the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans. The Borrower will continue to be required to submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

UzPSB will continue to benefit from existing TC assignments started for previous projects: "Uzbekistan: Financial Institutions Development TC Programme" (TCRS 8332, €5 million total cost, TC Com approved 12/07/2017), which supports development of an SME lending programme and strengthens the Treasury function. 

UzPSB will also continue to benefit from TC under the "Regional Small Business Programme for Central Asia - TC Programme" (TCRS 7579) by way of participating in centralised training workshops and e-learning courses. Although the in-person workshops had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are expected to resume after the restrictions on travel are lifted; the disruption is not expected to affect UzPSB's efficient utilisation of the proposed loan.

Company Contact Information

General Enquiries
info@uzpsb.uz
+998 71 200 43 43
https://uzpsb.uz
3, Shakhrisabz street, Tashkent city, 100000, Uzbekistan

PSD last updated

15 Oct 2020

Understanding Transition

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

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