Play Bond

Location:

Poland

Project number:

52416

Business sector:

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Notice type:

Private

Approval date:

04 Nov 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

05 Mar 2021

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

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD") invested in senior unsecured PLN denominated bonds with 7-year maturities, issued by P4 Sp. z o.o. ("Play"), a leading Polish mobile telecom operator.

Project Objectives

With its investment of PLN 100 million, EBRD supported Play's bond issuance financing the rollout of 5G technology in Poland.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 67

The Transition Impact stems from the following transition qualities:

  • Competitive: By supporting the rollout of 5G technology, the Project supports a key driver of digitalisation yielding significant economic benefits.
  • Green: The investment in state-of-the-art 5G technologies is projected to result in a substantial reduction in energy consumption per data transferred compared to 4G, thereby contributing to the Green Economy Transition.

Client Information

P4 SP ZOO

P4 Sp. z o.o. ("Play") is a leading mobile network operator in Poland providing mobile voice, messaging, data, TV and video streaming services for both consumers and businesses. The Company has been recently acquired by French Iliad S.A..

EBRD Finance Summary

PLN 100,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

PLN 500,000,000.00

Additionality

EBRD's additionality stems from supporting Play's bond issuance at a time of reduced investor demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures. The 7-year tenor is the longest tenor placed in the corporate sector in Poland since the beginning of lockdown measures in spring 2020.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B under the 2019 ESP. Operations and upgrade of existing infrastructure to 5G mobile network will have limited environmental and social impacts. Environmental & Social Due Diligence (ESDD) has been carried out based on publicly available information, as this is a capital market transaction, and included review of the completed Environmental & Social Questionnaire and Company's Annual Report. The Company is an existing client and the ESDD concluded that E&S performance to date is satisfactory. The Company has implemented environmental, H&S and labour management systems based on compliance with EU legislation and monitors its performance through a set of E&S KPIs. The Company is employing close to 1400 staff (55% male, 45% female) has established HR and OHS policies and procedures in line with PR2 and PR4 including a formal employee grievance mechanism and anti-harassment policy. There are no plans for labour restructuring in the next three years. The capex works funded from the bond issue and related to 5G upgrades will be carried out on the existing network infrastructure, which minimises additional environmental impacts. The Company will use its existing contractor management systems to continue to monitor contractor's H&S performance and report to the Bank. The company provides non-financial information in their corporate annual report and is currently planning to expand Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosure. The Bank will continue to monitor the Company's E&S performance through review of Annual E&S Reports.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Tomasz Pozniak
tomasz.pozniak@playcommunications.com
+352 286 848 125
https://www.playcommunications.com
4/6, rue du Fort Bourbon L-1249 Luxembourg Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

PSD last updated

05 Mar 2021

Understanding Transition

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

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

 

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