Raiffeisen Bank Aval Equity Investment

Location:

Ukraine

Project number:

47316

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Target board date:

22 Jul 2015

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

06 Jul 2015

Translated version of this PSD: Ukrainian

Project Description

The EBRD is providing an equity investment in JSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval (RBA), Ukraine’s second-largest western-owned bank, to achieve a significant minority shareholding.

The proposed project alongside the planned capital contribution by the parent – Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) - will support the RBA’s development strategy and send a strong positive signal to the market during the period of severe political and economic crisis in Ukraine. It will be an important contribution to the recapitalisation of the banking system and will support one of the major international banking groups active in the country.

Transition Impact

This project will send a positive signal of confidence to the market, authorities, and population, which is important in the current crisis environment and difficult outlook for the banking sector and reform agenda. Supporting the continued presence of a strong private player would promote competition and access to finance for the real economy in the context of growing share of state participation in the sector.

The Client

JSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval is an approximately 96 per cent-owned subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International AG in Ukraine. RBA, which has around 670 branches across the country, provides services to almost 3 million clients, including individuals, corporates and SMEs. Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) is a fully-consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich Aktiengesellschaft, which owns (indirectly) about 60.7 per cent of RBI’s common stock. RBI’s shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the largest banking group in Austria.

EBRD Finance

Equity investment.

Environmental and social categorisation, impact, and mitigation

Categorised FI. RBA will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD’s Performance Requirements 2 and 9 which includes adherence to the EBRD's Environmental and Social Exclusion and Referral Lists, implementation of the EBRD’s ES Risk Management Procedures for Corporate Loans and submission of annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD.

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Technical Cooperation

None.

Company Contact

Georg Heinz Lobnig
Director, Capital Planning & Acquisitions, RBI

georg.lobnig@rbinternational.com

 

 

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