On 28 April 2021, the EBRD invested EUR 50 million (10% participation) in a senior preferred bond issued by Eurobank S.A. ('ERB') as a part of a public benchmark issuance of EUR 500 million listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange's EURO MTF market. On 7 September 2021, the EBRD invested another EUR 27 million (5.4% participation) in the second senior preferred bond issuance of ERB under the same programme.
The project supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of the fourth largest bank in Greece, a systemically important institution in the country and contributes to the capital market development of Greece. The project also aims to support strong green-impact targets with 150% of the EBRD's investment to be allocated to finance green projects in line with EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") eligibility criteria.
The expected transition impact stems from the contribution to the Resilient and Green qualities:
Resilient: supporting the gradual build-up of Eurobank S.A.'s Minimum Required Own Funds and Eligible Liabilities ("MREL") and ultimately contributing to its regulatory compliance, (ii) helping to further diversify its funding sources. The project also contributes to the capital market development through supporting expansion of the market of relatively new capital market instruments for Greece like MREL-eligible senior preferred instruments.
Green: Eurobank S.A. will allocate 150% of EBRD's investments for financing green projects in line with EBRD's ("GET") eligibility criteria and aims to promote further the green agenda in Greece.
The project receives an ETI of 64.
is the fourth largest bank in Greece in terms of total assets with a market share of ca. 20% as of year-end 2020. Its core business is concentrated in Greece and it is a well-recognised bank in South-Eastern Europe with presence in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Serbia. Eurobank S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eurobank Ergasias Services and Holdings SA ("ERBH") listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
The Project depicts strong additionality by i) supporting ERB to cover a sizeable requirement of MREL funding, (ii) supporting ERB to widen the stable investor base by sending a positive signal to the markets, and (iii) encouraging ERB's green agenda by promoting financing of green projects in line with EBRD's GET criteria.
Environmental and Social Summary
Category FI (2019 ESP). ERB is an existing client and well known to the EBRD through previous exposures. Under the existing exposures, ERB is in compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9. ERB will continue to comply with these PRs, implement EBRD's applicable E&S Risk Management Procedures including the specific eligibility criteria for wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal or biomass projects, as relevant; and continue to submit annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD.
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PSD last updated
03 Nov 2021
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