BGEO Bonds (IFC-38541)

Regions
  • Europe and Central Asia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Countries
  • Georgia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Active
Bank Risk Rating
FI
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jun 14, 2016
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower
JSC BGEO GROUP
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 350.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 29, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jul 28, 2016


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Project Description

This project invests in a tradable Eurobond issued by Joint Stock Company BGEO Group. This issuance is New Notes offered by the company in the amount of US$350 million, with a 7-year maturity. IFC is playing the role of anchor investor in this issuance.

The proceeds from the issuance of these New Notes will be used to provide funding to the JSC Bank of Georgia to redeem its outstanding notes. The New Notes are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange under 144A/Reg S and were offered to qualified institutional buyers in the United States and to non-US persons elsewhere.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Joint Stock Company BGEO Group is a Georgia-based wholly owned subsidiary of BGEO Group PLC Formerly Bank of Georgia Holdings PLC, incorporated in the United Kingdom. The banking business consists of corporate investment banking, retail banking, as well as advisory and brokerage, insurance and leasing services. The Group primarily conducts its banking business through BOG and banking operations in Belarus through Belarusky Narodny Bank, both existing IFC clients.

Private Actors

JSC BGEO is one of the largest banking and industrial groups in Georgia which successfully explores investment opportunities in (among others) the financial, healthcare and real sectors in the country. JSC BGEO is a fully owned subsidiary of the UK incorporated BGEO Group PLC. BGEO Group PLC is listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and has a current market capitalization of approximately U$1.4 billion. Its top 10 institutional shareholders which, in aggregate, own about 40% of the Group’s shares include Schroeder Investment Management PLC, Harding Loevner LP and Westwood International Advisors Inc.

JSC BGEO was established in August 2015 as a result of a corporate reorganization of the Group to address the requirements of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) to regulate banks in the country on a standalone basis and limit investments in non-banking subsidiaries by locally regulated banking entities. JSC BGEO subsidiaries are grouped into banking and investment businesses, which represent an optimal fit to manage JSC BGEO’s operations as a Georgia-focused banking group with an investment arm. There are three principal subsidiaries under JSC BGEO: JSC BGEO Investments, JSC BG Financial and BOG; where BOG constitutes the majority of the Group’s core business.

Contact Information

No contact information provided at the time of disclosure.

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