EFSE provides $27 million loans to two armenian banks

18.06.2014 18:09
EFSE provides $27 million loans to two armenian banks

YEREVAN, June 18. / ARKA /. The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) expanded its partnership with Araratbank OJSC by issuing an additional USD 12 million senior loan to fund sub-loans destined for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Armenia.

Araratbank is a long-standing partner lending institution of the EFSE that has always shown a strong commitment to serving the Fund’s target group of MSE owners, and thus to supporting the economic activity in the country. This additional long-term financing provided by EFSE will enable Araratbank to offer loans with longer maturity and address the working capital and investment needs of MSEs in a sustainable way.

“Since our cooperation began four years ago, Araratbank has consistently proved a trustworthy and successful partner for the EFSE,” says Monika Beck, Chairperson of the Board of the EFSE.

“Supporting Araratbank’s ability to provide long-term financing is essential to foster responsible banking practices, and therefore to fulfil the EFSE’s mission of facilitating sustainable financing for micro and small enterprises.”

“This latest senior loan is the fourth credit facility Araratbank OJSC has obtained from the EFSE, and this fact alone is the best evidence for the strength and stability of the relationship between our two institutions. Within the framework of the previous agreements, we provided loans for 967 projects related to micro and small enterprise activities. The EFSE’s funding enabled us to offer our clients financing under long-term, affordable and competitive terms and to diversify our loan portfolio,” stated Ashot Osipyan, CEO of Araratbank OJSC, touching upon the new loan agreement signed for the purposes of stimulating micro and small enterprises in Armenia.

He also saluted the effectiveness with which the EFSE Development Facility provided technical assistance in improving the Bank’s risk management structures, branch network management and internal audit systems. The senior loan will specifically serve to finance sub-loans with an interest rate in the 10-11% range and a 5-year maturity.

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) signed also its first senior loan agreement denominated in Armenian drams with ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE Bank in the equivalent of USD 15 million. This loan will further strengthen ACBA Bank’s position as one of the leading banks in Armenia, enabling it to finance over 10,000 loans to micro and small-sized businesses, including local agricultural producers and individual farmers.

ACBA Bank and EFSE began their partnership in 2013, when the Bank benefited from two EFSE loans to support the financing needs of micro and small-sized enterprises in Armenia. “With its strong focus on and presence in the rural areas of Armenia, ACBA Bank is an excellent fit for the EFSE in reaching out to its target group throughout the country,” says Monika Beck, Chairperson of the Board of the EFSE.

“We are pleased to provide ACBA Bank with long-term funding in Armenian drams to address the unmet demand of local farmers and entrepreneurs, particularly in rural Armenia, in a responsible and sustainable way.”

Hakob Andreasyan, CEO of ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK adds: “We are happy to deepen our cooperation with the EFSE and we are pleased to receive the loan in Armenian drams from the dedicated international fund. This transaction will timely increase our local currency resources for on-lending to SME sector borrowers, both in urban and rural areas, which is vital for the economic development of Armenia.” -0-


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