The EBRD invested EUR 60 million (17% of the issuance amount) in a Senior Preferred bond (the "Bond") issued by Erste Bank Hungary Zrt. ("EBH"), as part of a public international issuance of EUR 350 million. This is the first Senior Preferred instrument issued by a Hungarian bank since the introduction of the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive that meets the regulatory minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL). The SP bonds have a maturity of 4 years, with a call option after 3 years, and are listed both on the Vienna Stock Exchange ("VSE") and the Budapest Stock Exchange ("BSE").
The Project supports the resilience of the fourth largest bank in Hungary, and contributes to the capital market development. The project also aims to support strong Green-impact targets with at least 120% of the EBRD's investment to be allocated to finance green projects in line with EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") eligibility criteria.
ETI score: 65
The expected transition impact stems from its contribution to the Resilient and Green qualities:
Resilient: The Bonds will contribute to (i) the optimisation of the bank's funding structure by building up the MREL-eligible instrument base and diversifying liability sources (ii) capital market development by introducing a new instrument and crowding in a diverse base of international and local institutional investors.
Green: The project will support the EBRD's GET approach in Hungary through EBH allocating 120% of EBRD's investments to GET-eligible projects further promoting the green agenda in Hungary.
ERSTE BANK HUNGARY ZRT
EBH is the fourth largest bank in Hungary, with a market share by total assets of 7.4% as of end 2020. EBH is classified as other systematically important institution (O-SII) in Hungary. The ultimate owners of EBH are Erste Group Bank AG (70%), EBRD (15%) and Corvinus International Investment Ltd. (15%). EBH is rated Baa1/stable by Moody's and BBB+/stable by Fitch, both investment grade.
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The Project depicts strong additionality by supporting EBH to issue the first SP bonds in capital markets by a Hungarian issuer, with EBRD's participation facilitating further mobilisation of stable, long-hold institutional investors. The project also involves standard-setting in the request to allocate EBRD participation proceeds to GET-eligible projects meeting certain demanding standards and certification requirements. This helps EBH to promote green projects and enhance awareness and deployment of funds in this area and sets a market example for sustainable finance.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Erste Bank Hungary is an existing client under the equity investment project (DTM 47110). Since investment in EBH, the bank has provided information on its compliance with the Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 as well as submitting satisfactory Annual E&S Reports. EBH will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's E&S requirements for this transaction.
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Erste Bank Hungary Zrt.. Népfürdő utca 24-26 H-1138 Budapest Hungary
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04 Feb 2022
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