According to EBRD website, the project contains a provision of a senior unsecured loan in the amount of up to US$15 million equivalent in local currency to Priorbank. It aims to represent an additional local currency source for Priorbank and enable them to expand and facilitate local currency lending to private micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Belarus, while helping MSMEs avoid taking on currency exchange risks. The Project will increase local currency intermediation in Belarus thus supporting the development of the domestic money and capital markets in the country and fostering a more stable financial environment.
Further, it will support the competitiveness of Priorbank by facilitating the development of its MSME loan portfolio with a focus on new and regional borrowers. Providing the local currency funding as well as requirements to comply with financial covenants will contribute to resilience of the institution.
Priorbank is the seventh largest bank among 24 banks in Belarus with 5.5 per cent market share by total assets as of June-2018. It is majority-owned by Raiffeisen Bank International and is the largest private bank with around 90 sales offices across the country. Priorbank has been a client of the EBRD since 1996 through multiple lending facilities and equity participation.
Project Contact: Denis Pekun
Email Address: Denis.Pekun@priorbank.by
Telephone No.: +375 17 289 92 13
Office Address: 31-A, V Khoruzhey St., 220002 Minsk, Republic of Belarus
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