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Project name
Joint Stock Commercial Bank Ukrsotsbank
Project ID
Fiscal year
Guarantee holder
Bank Austria
Investor country
Host country
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
May 27, 2008
Project Board date
June 12, 2008
Gross exposure
 $142.5 million
Project type

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MIGA has issued a guarantee of $142.5 million to Bank Austria, a member of UniCredit Group, covering its shareholder loan to Joint Stock Commercial Bank Ukrsotsbank (USB) in Ukraine. The coverage is for a period of up to 11 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance. 

The project involves a subordinated shareholder loan of $150 million from Bank Austria to USB, Ukraine’s fourth largest bank. Bank Austria is responsible for UniCredit Group’s operations in central and Eastern Europe and is USB’s direct parent company. The loan will increase USB’s regulatory capital which will strengthen the bank and allow it to grow in a sustainable manner. USB has a well-developed and expanding customer franchise and plans to further develop its retail and SME banking business. 

One of the two pillars of the World Bank Group’s country partnership strategy for Ukraine is sustaining growth and improving competitiveness. This encompasses the need to deepen the financial sector and to improve its stability in order to facilitate business growth and spur private investment. Foreign participation in Ukraine’s banking sector is also expected to lead to a rapid transfer of product and credit-risk management expertise.

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