The proposed project is a credit line with a tenor of up to 12 years for up to €15 million to Postbank. The proceeds of the credit line will be used by Postbank to provide long-term mortgage loans to private individuals in Bulgaria for purchasing, constructing, renovating, repairing and/or remortgaging their real estates in Bulgaria. The mortgage loans will be denominated in EUR and/or BGN.
The transition impact potential derives from the demonstration effect associated with supporting the growth of mortgage lending, which is relatively new and underdeveloped in Bulgaria. The facility will be structured in such a way that the underlying credit assessment procedures and documentation will allow subsequent refinancing of those receivables. The project will also contribute to the further development of the secondary mortgage market by ensuring the standardisation of the mortgage loan documentation and security, which can later facilitate mortgage bond issues or securitisation. The long-term finance will also have a positive impact on Postbank's balance sheet structure and increase the competition in longer-term lending.
Bulgarian Post Bank (Postbank) is one of the top five banks in Bulgaria with total assets of €370 million and equity of nearly €40 million at 2002 year-end. ALICO (a subsidiary of AIG) and EFG Eurobank Ergasias (Greece) jointly control more than 90% of Postbank's capital.
A senior loan with a tenor of up to 12 years for up to €15 million extended by the EBRD to Postbank.
The environmental risks associated with the operation and the potential portfolio are low. Postbank will need to ensure that property survey is conducted for each mortgage loan as part of the due diligence. The survey should include consideration of potential site contamination, use/presence of hazardous materials in construction, risk of flooding, or seismic activity and compliance with the applicable national environmental, health and safety standards and regulations.
Mr Assen Yagodin
Member of the Management Board, Head of Treasury
Bulgarian Post Bank
1 Bulgaria Square
Phone: +359 2 963 4491
Fax: + 359 2 980 34 84
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