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$30 million under the Financial Intermediaries Framework in favour of JSCMB Ipoteka-bank ("IB").
The EBRD finance will provide support to IB's MSME clients in an environment of large- scale disruption caused by Covid-19. The proceeds of the loan will be on-lent by IB in line with the eligibility criteria defined in respective Policy Statements.
ETI score: 60
The project seeks to (i) foster SME competitiveness by increasing availability of financing and (ii) contribute to the competitiveness of financial institutions by enabling innovation in strategy, products, processes and marketing related to SME lending. By ensuring that financial institutions have adequate underwriting and risk management practices in place, the FIF also seeks to encourage sustainable lending practices, supporting the resilience of the financial system.
Ipoteka Bank is one of the leading financial institutions in Uzbekistan, ranking 4th by total assets with market share of around 8.7 per cent at YE2019. The bank provides the whole range of commercial banking services via its wide network of 39 branches and over 100 minibanks covering the whole country. IB has multiple shareholder structure with the largest stakes held by Uzbekistan Fund for Reconstruction and Development and Uzbekistan's Ministry of Finance.
EBRD Finance Summary
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Additionality derives from a combination of:
COVID-19 crisis response: the EBRD financing effectively bridges a funding gap due to adverse market conditions, e.g. the Covid-19 crisis, which is yet more profound for mid- and longer-term funding.
Financing structure: the EBRD offers financing on market driven terms and conditions that currently are not available from other commercial sources.
A Policy, sector, institutional, or regulatory change: the EBRD's involvement, along with all the intangible benefits that it carries, is expected to help facilitate IB's and, more generally, the sector's, gradual transition toward a more competitive and commercial business model, as envisioned in Uzbekistan's banking sector strategy approved in May 2020.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). IB is an existing client with previous TFP and SME lines. Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) included a review of an updated due diligence questionnaire and the Borrower's current Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), which is currently undergoing an update supported by the IFC. The ESMS is considered generally aligned with performance requirement (PR 9) and will reach full compliance with the EBRD ESP 2019, once IB has included the updated exclusion list and referral list, and adopted into its ESMS the screening of E&S risks to align with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans. The Borrower will need to continue to comply with PR2 and 4. Specifically in relation to PR2 the Borrower has implemented recent collective redundancies due to a re-structuring and operational transformation programme which is being supported by the IFC. A review of this process is being undertaken to ensure the relevant requirements of PR2 are properly accounted for. The Borrower will continue to be required to submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank.
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Company Contact Information
+998 (78) 147-47-13
+998 (78) 150-98-25
JSCMB "Ipoteka-bank" Shakhrisabz st.30 100000 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan
PSD last updated
15 Oct 2020
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