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Project Name Zagrebacka Bank
Guarantee Holder Unicredit Bank Austria
Investor Country Austria
Host Country Croatia
Sector Banking
Gross Exposure ($million) 359
Fiscal Year 2010
Status Proposed
Project Number 8503
Environmental Category FI
Date SPG Disclosed May 19, 2010
Project Board Date June 3, 2010

The project involves a $378 million shareholder loan from UniCredit Bank Austria AG (UBA) of the UniCredit Group (UCG), to its subsidiary Zagrebačka Banka d.d. (ZABA) in Croatia. UBA has applied for a MIGA guarantee of $359 million for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The shareholder loan is intended to serve two purposes. First, this loan is being extended in view of UBA’s approach to always maintain sound and strong liquidity standards amongst its subsidiaries. Consequently, UBA intends to improve ZABA’s structural liquidity ratio by lengthening the tenor of ZABA’s funding to better match its liabilities. Second, this loan is intended to support new lending in the Croatian economy.

Environmental Categorization

The project is a Category FI under MIGA’s environmental review procedures.

Development Impact

The project falls under MIGA’s Financial Sector Initiative. As a result of the recent financial crisis, the state of Croatia’s economy remains delicate. This project forms part of MIGA’s response to the crisis and is consistent with the objectives of the Joint IFI Action Plan, a coordinated program of the World Bank Group, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Given ZABA’s size and systemic importance in Croatia’s banking, support to this project is critical to making the sector more resistant to future unforeseen shocks.  With 130 branches, almost 800 ATMs, and nearly 310,000 online customers, ZABA is the largest retail and corporate bank in Croatia.

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