AT1 capital loan to Bank of Georgia

Location:

Georgia

Project number:

53106

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

25 May 2022

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

01 Jun 2022

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 financial package consists of parallel loans to the Company for the total amount of up to USD 50 million (EUR 46 million) in Basel III compliant Additional Tier 1 ("AT1") capital instrument. The Bank will finance a portion of up to USD 35 million (EUR 32 million) and the parallel lender, Swedfund, will provide the remaining up to USD 15 million (EUR 13.8 million). This will be the first-ever AT1 capital loan provided by the Bank.

Project Objectives

The key objectives of the proposed loan are focused on strengthening Bank of Georgia's capital by bolstering Tier 1 equity, optimising capital structure in line with Basel III Pillar 2 phase-in plan and currency-diversifying the capital base.  Furthermore, Bank of Georgia will undertake to deploy the full amount of USD 50 million into GET-eligible investments.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 68

The capital loan will support and contribute to two Transition Impact qualities: Resilient and Green. It will strengthen systemic bank's Tier 1 capital and optimise its structure as well as diversify currency composition and further insulate the bank's equity from local currency volatility thus enhancing Bank of Georgia's resilience to support continuous flow of credit to the real economy. In addition, the bank will undertake to finance GET-eligible investment for the total amount of the capital loan. The loan will contribute towards building a green economy by facilitating investments in climate mitigation and adaptation technologies, increasing their market penetration, providing know-how and positive demonstration effects to private sector sub-borrowers.

Client Information

BANK OF GEORGIA JSC

The Company is the second largest and systemically important universal bank in Georgia with ~ 35%-40% market shares in sector loans and deposits. The bank is the core entity (90% of total assets) of Bank of Georgia Group PLC ("BoGG Group"), a UK incorporated holding company listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) since 2012 (listed since 2006). 

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 35,000,000.00

EBRD will finance a portion of up to USD 35 million (EUR 32 million) with Swedfund providing the remaining up to USD 15 million (EUR 13.8 million).

Total Project Cost

USD 50,000,000.00

The project consists of two parallel capital loans for the total amount of up to USD 50 million (EUR 46 million).

Additionality

Additionality sources include (i) financing structure as project offers capital resources not available in the market, (ii) resource mobilisation with Swedfund joining as a parallel lender, and (iii) knowledge and capacity building through complimentary technical assistance to support bank's efforts in identifying, assessing and developing GET-eligible pipeline and portfolio. 

Environmental and Social Summary

Bank of Georgia is well known to the Bank through a number of transactions, over a number of years. BoG has a well-developed suite of policies and procedures for the management of key issues under PRs 2, 4 and 9. In 2018, BoG adopted a revised Environmental and Social Policy for the Group covering direct and indirect impact on society and the environment and describing the Group's strategy to conserve natural resources, minimise health and safety risks, and provide employees with equal development opportunities, fair compensation and benefits. The bank has persons nominated to be responsible for E&S issues and adequate capacity to implement and monitor those policies and procedures. BoG will be required to continue compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9 and to provide the EBRD with annual E&S reports.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Bank of Georgia will benefit from streamlined TC assignment for EUR 75,000. The main objective of the assignment is to enable screening, assessment and reporting of GET-eligible investments. The assignment will go beyond the primary objective through the provision of capacity building to the bank and its staff, as well as sub-borrowers to ensure continuity of know-how and skills transfer to further address the climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Company Contact Information

Levan Kobiashvili
lkobiashvili@bog.ge
(+995 32) 2444 444
https://bankofgeorgiagroup.com
Tbilisi, 29A Gagarini Str., 0160

PSD last updated

01 Jun 2022

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