The EBRD invested RON 53 million (ca. EUR 10.8 million) in a senior preferred green bond issuance of RON 400.6 million by Raiffeisen Bank S.A., a commercial bank incorporated in Romania, in May 2021. This is the first senior preferred instrument issued by Raiffeisen Bank, and the first green bond issued by a commercial bank in Romania, making it a pioneer issuance linked to environmental, social and corporate governance in the Central and Eastern Europe. The bond has a 5-year maturity, with a call option after the fourth year, and is expected to be listed on the Luxembourg and the Bucharest Stock Exchanges in 2021. 100 percent of the proceeds of the green bond will be used for eligible projects in line with Raiffeisen Bank green bond framework.
The project contributes to the resilience of a systemic bank in Romania, facilitates capital market development in the country, supports the first ever green bond framework launched by a Romanian bank, that is aligned with the Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Market Association, and helps to deliver the EBRD's green agenda in the country and national green economy priorities.
ETI score: 66
The project delivers transition impact through the Resilient quality, as it (i) promotes capital market development in Romania by introducing the first green bond issued by a Romanian bank and through facilitating the expansion of the market for new instrument types and for instruments in local currency; and (ii) is expected to increase the volume of own funds and eligible liabilities of RBRO and strengthens the bank's resilience and regulatory compliance. The project also supports the Green transition quality by helping develop the market for green instruments in Romania and supporting Raiffeisen Bank and Romania's strategic sustainability priorities and the EBRD's Green Economy Transition approach.
RAIFFEISEN BANK SA
Raiffeisen Bank S.A. is the sixth largest bank in Romania with a market share of 9.3% in terms of total assets as of year-end 2020. On a consolidated basis, Raiffeisen Bank reported total assets of EUR 10.7 billion and total equity of EUR 1.1 billion as at the same period. The bank is classified as an "other systemically important institution" and is rated Baa1 (Negative) by Moody's. Raiffeisen Bank International AG owns 99.92% of Raiffeisen Bank S.A.
EBRD Finance Summary
ca. EUR 10,800,000
Total Project Cost
ca. EUR 81,300,000
The project is additional in terms of financing structure and risk mitigation. Additionality derives from supporting the successful issuance in a still shallow market, the expansion of the market for local currency instruments and from promoting green investments. The Project also involves an innovative structure and standard-setting as the EBRD has supported the preparation of Raiffeisen Bank's Green Bond Framework by sharing know-how and experience and promoting the incorporation of best market standards and practice.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Raiffeisen Bank S.A. is an existing client of the Bank whose environmental and social (E&S) performance is satisfactory. RBI has a well-developed framework for the management of key environmental and social issues and this framework is applicable across all its network banks in CEE, including Romania. Under the existing exposures, Raiffeisen Bank is in compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 as evidenced by previous and existing reporting on both past and current EBRD projects with Raiffeisen Bank. Any renewable energy projects financed under the project will need to comply with EBRD's E&S eligibility criteria for wind, hydro, solar, geothermal or biomass projects, as applicable. RBRO will be required to continue to apply its current E&S framework to ensure on-going compliance with the applicable PRs and to provide annual E&S report to the EBRD.
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PSD last updated
27 May 2021
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