On 7 October 2020, the EBRD invested EUR 20 million (20% participation) in a senior preferred bond issued by Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s. ("SLSP") as part of an issuance of EUR 100 million listed on the Bratislava Stock Exchange. On 9 June 2021, the EBRD invested EUR 20 million (20% participation) in the inaugural senior preferred Green Bond issued by SLSP.
The Project aims to support Green-impact targets with a 100% allocation of EBRD investments in GET-eligible sub-projects as well as participation in Green bonds issued by SLSP. The Project also supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of the largest bank in the Slovak Republic, as well as contributes to the capital market development of the country.
ETI score: 65
The expected transition impact stems from its contribution to the Resilient and Green qualities:
- Resilient: The Bonds will contribute to (i) capital market development (ii) regulatory compliance of SLSP, (iii) diversification of the funding base and the funding providers and (iv) increase of SLSP's loss-absorption capacity and resilience to market or regulatory shocks;
- Green: The Project fully complies with the Bank's GET approach and aims to promote further the Green agenda in Slovakia.
SLOVENSKA SPORITELNA AS
SLSP is the largest bank in Slovakia by total assets, retail loans, and total deposits. SLSP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Erste Group Bank AG.
The Project contributes to capital market development in Slovakia as a stable investor and facilitating mobilisation of the institutional investor base. Also, the Project is consistent with EBRD's commitment to promote the green agenda in Slovakia and its efforts to support development of local financing markets for green instruments.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). SLSP is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with the Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 and EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Loans, and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. Renewable energy projects financed with EBRD's use of proceeds will need to follow the E&S Eligibility Criteria for such projects.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.
+421/2/58 26 81 11
Tomášikova 48 832 37 Bratislava Slovak Republic
PSD last updated
11 Jun 2021
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