EBRD invested EUR 21 million in senior preferred bonds placed by Siauliu Bankas AB ("SB") as part of a EUR 85 million tap issuance on the existing senior preferred bonds listed on the AB NASDAQ Vilnius Stock Exchange. The bonds have a 3-year remaining maturity with a call option in 2-years time.
The project supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of a systemically important institution in Lithuania and contributes to the capital market development of the country. The project also delivers on the Bank's green agenda and national green economy priorities for Lithuania.
ETI score: 61
The expected transition impact of the project stems from its contribution to the Resilient and Green transition qualities.
The project contributes the Resilient transition quality by helping a systemically important bank in Lithuania to meet its regulatory requirements towards a loss absorbing funding base as well as building its resilience to market and regulatory shocks. The operation will also contribute to the capital market development in Lithuania at a time of deteriorating market conditions and increased geopolitical risk in the Baltic countries given the war on Ukraine.
The Green transition quality is underpinned by the green use of proceeds. SB will allocate 1.5x of EBRD's investment for financing green projects in line with the EBRD's Green Economy Transition eligibility criteria for Lithuania.
SIAULIU BANKAS AB
SB is the fourth largest bank in Lithuania with EUR 4 billion of total assets as of 9M 2022. It provides retail, corporate and other financial services with a focus on SMEs. The bank is listed on NASDAQ-Baltic and counts more than 17,000 shareholders. EBRD is the largest shareholder with a stake of 20%, followed by Invalda INVL AB (8.1%).
EBRD Finance Summary
EUR 21 million
Total Project Cost
EUR 160 million, out of which EUR 85 million tap issuance
The project exhibits strong additionality by i) bridging the funding gap to ensure regulatory compliance with the MREL requirement at a time of heightened market volatility amplified by geopolitical risk and reduced investors' appetite, and (ii) encouraging SB's green agenda by promoting financing of green projects in line with EBRD's GET criteria.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019), SB is an existing client of the Bank and will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9 and to report annually to the Bank on ESHS issues and performance. As for all capital market transactions, the use of EBRD's funding under this project for Category A projects is excluded. The funding allocated towards GET-eligible projects will need to follow the E&S Eligibility Criteria for renewable energy projects, if such projects are being financed.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+370 5 2032 200
Tilzes Street 149 Siauliai, LT-76348 Lithuania
PSD last updated
06 Dec 2022
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