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 senior unsecured loan up to EUR 15 million with 4 years maturity including 1 year grace period; for on-lending to eligible SMEs. The loan will be available in 3 tranches of EUR 5 mln each.
SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership, is a follow-on facility of the existing FI DCFTA Blended Finance Programme (DCFTA), designed for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to support upgrades in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) to EU standards applicable under the DCFTA in environmental protection, health and safety and product quality/safety. The proposed project will enable Moldova-Agroindbank (MAIB) to extend loans for investment purposes by local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in upgrade of technology and equipment necessary to meet EU standards in terms of product quality, health and safety measures and environmental preservation.
Competitive: MAIB will further expand its SME portfolio with a focus on financing DCFTA priority investments leading to compliance with EU Directives, facilitating Moldovan SMEs increased competitiveness.
Resilient: MAIB will be expected to maintain adequate portfolio quality.
CB "Moldova-Agroindbank" SA (MAIB), the largest systemic bank in Moldova with total assets of €1.4 bn, total equity of €244 mln, loan portfolio of €732 mln as of 31 August 2020, and market share of 28%. The EBRD jointly with consortium of investors (Horizon and Invalda) acquired 41.09% stake in MAIB on 2 October 2018. Other minority shareholders include management, staff and local companies.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Terms: long-term funding for channelling to the real economy and in particular for SMEs.
Attributes: targeted credit lines with a combination of investment incentives and tailored technical assistance to the Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) and MSME sub-borrowers.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). MAIB is an existing client of the Bank. MAIB will need to ensure ongoing compliance with Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank, including reporting on sub-projects and their climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation benefits. Beneficiaries financed in Moldova will be required to comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety and labour standards and the environmental and social eligibility criteria for renewable energy projects, as applicable, as per the Policy Statement.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: EUR 15.3 million (for 6 EaP countries) to finance:
- a project consultant assisting PFIs and sub-borrowers with the implementation, marketing and monitoring of the programme; and
- a verification consultant verifying the technical implementation of the investments by sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released.
Non-TC: up to EUR 2.25 mln to finance investment incentives to MAIB sub-borrowers
TC and non-TC source: EU NIF
PSD last updated
03 Nov 2020
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