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Financial institutions

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Approval date:

25 May 2004



PSD disclosed:

23 Apr 2005

Project Description

Subscription of newly issued shares of Banca Transilvania (BT), as part of a capital increase to take place in June 2004. EBRD’s investment will total approximately € 1.3 million and will allow the Bank to retain its 15% stake in BT.
Such capital increase is key to support BT’s strong growth in the Romanian banking sector. The strategy of BT is to consolidate its market position by developing a financial group including not only banking but also leasing, asset management, brokerage, consumer finance and insurance. BT is particularly strong in the SME and retail sectors.

Transition Impact

EBRD’s original equity investment in BT was aimed at contributing to the development and strengthening of a privately owned bank, as well as promoting improvements in its corporate governance. 

Such objectives have so far been achieved and EBRD’s role in BT has been particularly important in promoting higher corporate governance standards, in strengthening the bank’s management and in supporting the ambitious strategy that is currently being implemented. BT is currently the second largest bank in Romania in the hands of local private investors and is one of the fastest growing banks in the country, increasing consistently its market share. BT is also one of the most traded companies in the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
The proposed participation in BT’s capital increase confirms EBRD’s confidence in BT and its growth prospects. It is consistent and reinforces the objectives of the original equity investment by providing the necessary means for the bank to continue expanding its operations. The ultimate goal is for BT to further develop into a more modern and efficient institution, which will contribute to the competitiveness of Romania’s banking sector and to the increase in availability of funding to local companies.

The Client

BT is a commercial bank registered and operating under Romanian law. BT is a medium-size institution with 2.4% market share of total banking assets as of end 2003, total balance sheet of € 347.7 million, equity of € 50.1 million and net profit of € 7.6 million.

EBRD Finance

Subscription of 14,562,948 newly issued shares of BT for ROL 3,500 each, as part of a capital increase to take place in June 2004.

Project Cost

€ 8.3 million

Environmental Impact

BT will continue to comply with EBRD's Environmental Procedures for Intermediated Financing through Local Banks, including adherence to the Environmental Exclusion and Referral List, compliance with the applicable national environmental, health and safety and public consultation requirements, and submission of annual environmental reports to EBRD.

Technical Cooperation

None for this transaction. BT benefited from Technical Cooperation under the EU/EBRD SME Facility to finance the consultancy services of Shorebank Advisory Services from January 2000 to April 2003.

Company Contact

CLUJ-NAPOCA, G Baritiu street, no. 8

Phone: (40)-264-40715(0)/(1)/(2)
Fax: (40)-264-407172, 407179

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