The proposed project envisages an equity investment in Uraltransbank to acquire 25% of voting rights plus one vote, and provision of term financing. The equity investment aims at increasing Uraltransbank's capital base to support its growth with particular focus on lending to private sector small and medium enterprises (SME), project finance and retail banking in the Urals region. Uraltransbank's capital will be leveraged with a term loan for on-lending to SME.
The project will promote financial intermediation and competition in the banking sector through its support of the private regional bank that is committed to high standards of transparency in operations and corporate governance.
EBRD participation in Uraltransbank may set an example for other regional banks that a well-managed private bank can compete successfully in its market niche with state banks and banks which are members of industrial-financial groups.
By setting standards for corporate governance and business conduct, the project is believed to facilitate transformation of Uraltransbank into a transparent financial institution with sound banking principles.
Uraltransbank (UTB), a regional bank headquartered in Ekaterinburg, the capital of a large and economically important Urals Federal District, which provides a wide range of banking services to legal entities and individuals. Uraltransbank operates via 11 branches and occupies a strong position in the Urals region with a local market share of approximately 9%.
Equity investment of US$ 8 million by means of subscription to newly issued ordinary shares, and term loan of US$ 3 million.
US$ 11 million.
Uraltransbank will be required 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 legislation, and submission of annual environmental reports to EBRD.
Mr. Valery Zavodov, Chairman of the Management Board
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