A senior unsecured loan of up to USD 110 million to QNB Finansbank A.S. ("QNB Finansbank") under Window 1 of the Türkiye-Disaster Response Framework ("DRF" or "Framework"), a framework for Turkish banks to support livelihoods, jobs and human capital in the South-Eastern provinces of Türkiye's affected by the February 6, 2023 earthquakes. The EBRD proceeds will be channeled through QNB Finansbank to support eligible private businesses and individuals directly impacted by the disaster, with an aim to address the most immediate funding needs of the local population in the affected cities, enabling borrowers to restructure existing loans as well as obtain additional financing as needed.
The Framework constitutes the first and immediate phase of EBRD's emergency crisis response to the devastating earthquakes in South-Eastern Türkiye. It will channel EBRD funding via the Bank's existing partner banks in Türkiye to support individuals and businesses directly affected by the disaster. As such, the Framework reflects the goals of the EBRD's Equality of Opportunity Strategy 2021-2025 ("EOS") which recognizes that shocks and crises, including natural disaster, have the potential to entrench and exacerbate existing inequality of opportunity, therefore requiring the EBRD to mitigate the impacts of such events on livelihoods and human capital.
ETI score: 65
ETI score: 65
The Framework supports the Inclusive transition quality by mitigating the impact of the crisis and the subsequent economic shocks on the local population in a part of Türkiye that already faced major human capital challenges before the disaster. Under Window 1, Inclusive transition impact will be achieved through ensuring access to finance for businesses and individuals directly impacted by the earthquakes, supporting people's livelihoods and safeguarding their human capital.
QNB FINANSBANK AS
QNB Finansbank is Turkey's sixth largest private bank by asset size (9th when state banks are included) with 4.3% market share of the sector`s assets at YE22. The bank is 99.88% owned by Qatar National Bank Q.P.S.C. (QNB), which is in turn 50% owned by Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, (QIA) with the rest of the shares being publicly traded. QNB Finansbank also provides leasing and factoring services through its two large subsidiaries: QNB Finansleasing QNB and Finansfactoring. QNB Finansbank is currently rated B3 (neg) by Moody's and B- (neg) by Fitch.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
EBRD's Additionality is arising from its role in supporting private sector crisis response to the earthquakes in South-Eastern Türkiye. The Bank is acting as a countercyclical lender during a time of shock and major uncertainty for financial institutions, sub-borrowers and the Turkish economy as a whole.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). QNB Finansbank is an existing client and has demonstrated compliance with the applicable PRs through its annual environmental and social reporting. QNB Finansbank will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9,; and continue to implement the applicable EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Financial Institutions and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+90-212 318 5683
QNB Finansbank A.Ş. Kristal Kule Büyükdere Cad No:215 34394, 4 Levent / Istanbul / TURKIYE
PSD last updated
12 Jul 2023
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