Hellenic Bank – Equity Investment

Location:

Cyprus

Project number:

47449

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

02 Sep 2015

Status:

Complete

PSD disclosed:

30 Sep 2015

Translated version of this PSD: Greek

Project Description

The EBRD has acquired an equity stake in Hellenic Bank (“HB” or the “Company”), the second largest commercial bank in Cyprus, investing €20 million in newly issued shares, resulting in a stake of 5.4%.

The investment will provide Hellenic Bank with additional capital while it focuses on growth, the resolution of non-performing loans (NPLs) and the creation of capacity to pursue viable opportunities as the economy recovers.

Transition Impact

Hellenic Bank’s turnaround through effective NPL management and implementation of its growth strategy will contribute to the economic recovery of Cyprus. The EBRD’s continued engagement in the Cypriot banking sector will have high impact through supporting the restructuring and the governance of Hellenic Bank and, importantly, through a signaling effect to the public and investors.

The Client

Hellenic Bank is currently the second largest commercial bank in Cyprus with a deposit market share of 13.6% and a loan market share of 6.9% as of June 2015. The bank offers a wide range of banking services to individuals, SMEs and corporates. HB holds a significant position in Cyprus’ retail banking sector with a strong, reputable platform and is well-positioned to capitalise on growth opportunities.

EBRD Finance

Equity investment in Hellenic Bank’s capital, resulting in an EBRD stake of 5.4%.

Project Cost

EUR 20 million.

Environmental and social categorisation, impact, and mitigation

Categorised FI. Hellenic Bank will be required to comply with EBRD PRs 2, 4 and 9, implement the EBRD’s ES Procedures for Corporate and SME Loans and submit an annual report on environmental matters to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation

None

Company Contact

Antonis Rouvas
Group Chief Financial Officer
Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd
P. O. Box 24747, 1394 Nicosia, Cyprus
Office: +357 22 500 760 
Email: a.rouvas@hellenicbank.com

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement: Tel: +44 20 7338 6794
Email: procurement@ebrd.com

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

Public Information Policy (PIP)

The PIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations. Please visit the Public Information Policy page below to find out how to request a Public Sector Board Report.
Text of the PIP

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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