Azerbaijan: AccessBank Signs USD28m Syndicated Loan with EBRD

Nov 2008
Azerbaijan, November, 20 2008 - Today AccessBank signed a syndicated loan for USD 28 million organised and led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Most of the funds, or USD 20 million are being provided for a term of three-years, with the remaining USD 8 million being provided for a term of 18-months with an option to extend for a further 18-months. The loan is being extended to AccessBank to provide financing for Micro and Small businesses.

This is the first syndicated loan concluded by AccessBank and EBRD leadership on the deal helps AccessBank access capital markets and diversify its funding base.

Francis Delaey, head of the EBRD office in Baku, said: “We are delighted to sign this loan agreement with AccessBank, because it will strengthen an important financial institution in Azerbaijan and benefit local business. Given current circumstances on international financial markets it is especially significant that we were able to syndicate the loan which is a clear vote of confidence in this agreement.”

General Manager of AccessBank, Dr. Andrew Pospielovsky, said, “The successful syndication of this loan, at a time of international financial crisis, is a demonstration of the strength of AccessBank and the Azerbaijan economy. This will inspire further confidence among investors seeking solid ground.”

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was established in 1991 when communism was crumbling in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries needed support to nurture a new private sector in a democratic environment. Today the EBRD uses the tools of investment to help build market economies and democracies in 27 countries from central Europe to central Asia.

Source : Access Bank

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