Bank of Georgia SME Loan (IFC-40689)

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
Proposed
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
Nov 30, 2018
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 BANK OF GEORGIA
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)
$ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 13, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Oct 30, 2018


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Project Description

According to IFC website, the Project consists of an investment up to GEL 200 million (not exceeding US$ 100 million equivalent) in Joint Stock Company Bank of Georgia. The purpose of the proposed IFC investment is to support and expand the Bank’s lending program to small and medium enterprises in Georgia and at least 25 percent of proceeds will support the Bank’s lending operations to women-owned businesses.                                 

People Affected By This Project

The Project would support one of the leading private banks having a good geographical coverage in SME segment. The proceeds will be used for financing SMEs and women-owned SMEs, supporting their access to long term local currency funding. IFC's funding would help Bank of Georgia in responding to its clients' long-term funding needs while matching maturities more effectively. The Project would strengthen IFC's role of increasing access to finance for women by partnering with a financially sustainable bank by supporting it in areas of strategic interest such as banking on women.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors

JSC Bank of Georgia is one of the largest banking groups in Georgia. The Bank is a major part of a group of companies that provide banking, leasing, brokerage and investment management services to corporate and individual customers. As of June 30, 2018 99.55% shares of JSC Bank of Georgia are owned (directly and indirectly) by Bank of Georgia Group PLC (“the BOGG”). BOGG is listed on the London Stock Exchange and represents the Bank’s ultimate parent company. The shares of BOGG are admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and to trading on the London Stock Exchange PLC's Main Market for listed securities. As of 30 June 2018 the top three shareholders of the BOGG are JSC Georgia Capital (19.9%), Harding Loevner LP (6.82%) and Schroder Investment Management (3.57%).

Contact Information

Project Contact: Natia Kalandarishvili
Head of Investor Relations and Funding, JSC Bank of Georgia  
Telephone No.: +995 32 444 444
Email Address: nkalandarishvili@bog.ge
Office Address: JSC Bank of Georgia, 29a Gagarini Str., Tbilisi, Georgia
Website: https://bankofgeorgia.ge/en/

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