The EBRD invested EUR 50 million in a EUR 350 million Senior Preferred ("SP") bond issued by Piraeus Bank S.A. ("Piraeus"), a commercial bank incorporated in Greece, in November 2022. The SP bonds have a maturity of 4 years, with an embedded issuer call option after 3 years, and are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange's Euro MTF market. This is EBRD's first investment in an SP instrument issued by Piraeus Bank, and the second SP bond by the bank, after its debut issuance in October 2021.
The project supports the resilience and regulatory compliance of the largest bank in Greece in terms of assets, a systemically important institution in the country, and contributes to the capital market development in Greece. Furthermore, the EBRD promotes resource efficiency in the country by requiring Piraeus Bank to allocate funds in the amount of 1.7 times of the EBRD's subscription to finance green investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
ETI score: 66
Transition impact derives from the Resilient quality by supporting Piraeus to gradually build its bail-in-able funding base, diversify the funding sources, and successfully access the capital markets. The Project also supports the Green transition quality and the EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") approach in Greece through Piraeus Bank allocating a multiple of the EBRD investment towards projects which meet strict GET-eligibility criteria.
PIRAEUS BANK SA
Piraeus Bank is one of the largest systemic banks in Greece in terms of assets, with a market share by assets of c. 24% as of end-September 2022. The bank generates nearly all of its revenues domestically, following a universal banking model covering all financial and banking activities in the Greek market. Piraeus Bank S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Piraeus Financial Holdings S.A., which is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
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The Project is additional in terms of financing structure and risk mitigation, supporting Piraeus' efforts to meet regulatory requirements for loss-absorbing funding and overall access to the debt capital markets, while the EBRD's participation facilitates further mobilisation of stable, long-hold institutional investors. The project also promotes the green agenda by committing Piraeus to allocate funds in the amount equivalent to 170% of EBRD's investment for financing GET eligibility projects, a complementary feature compared to other investors.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (2019 ESP). Piraeus Bank is an existing client and well known to the EBRD through previous exposures. Under the existing exposures, Piraeus Bank is in compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9. Piraeus Bank will continue to comply with these PRs, implement EBRD's applicable E&S Risk Management Procedures including the specific eligibility criteria for hydro, wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal projects, as applicable; and continue to submit annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD.
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PSD last updated
17 Feb 2023
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