Bank loan

FIF – EaP SMEC – Bank loan TBC II

Project description

Senior unsecured loan in the amount of up to USD 20 million equivalent in GEL to be provided to TBC Bank to support investment financing of micro, small and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) in Georgia and promote standards in the market under the Eastern Partnership SME Competitiveness Program (“EaP SMEC”), successor to the DCFTA programme, for sustainable investments in technology and equipment.

the project’s objectives

The project will enable the bank to finance medium and long-term investments of Georgian MSMEs in upgrading their technologies and equipment needed to meet EU standards in terms of product quality, health and safety measures. safety and environmental protection, thus improving their competitiveness at local and regional level. The project aims to provide at least 75% of sub-loans consistent with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) approach.

Impact of transition

ETI rating: 75

Competitive: the program will encourage the early adoption by SMEs of stricter European standards and their compliance. It is also intended to contribute to the technical capacity of the TBC bank and to provide business advice to SMEs in areas related to the DCFTA.

Resilient: the program promotes resilience by maintaining adequate portfolio quality of partner financial institutions.

Customer information


TBC Bank (“TBC”) is a leading universal bank in Georgia, holding more than one-third market share in total banking assets, loan and deposit portfolios in Georgia. It offers a wide range of services (including foreign exchange transactions, non-financial services to support business development, as well as leasing, brokerage and investment banking through its subsidiaries) to its retail clients, companies and MSMEs thanks to its vast distribution network of up to 160 agencies and digital channels.

EBRD Financial Summary


Total project cost



The main sources of additionality under the project are:

(i) Financing structure that is not available on the market (medium and long term financing in local currency);

(ii) Innovative financing structure (green finance instrument that integrates climate and ESG considerations into the financing structure);

(iii) knowledge, innovation and capacity building (technical assistance under the program will support timely delivery of EU-compliant investments in Georgia); and

(iv) Use of EBRD expertise to achieve higher gender standards and/or equal opportunity action plans by introducing gender bias training for lending staff and representatives of ESG ambassadors, employees of the ESG department, credit analysts and risk managers from TBC Bank.

Environmental and social summary

FI rated (ESP 2019). TBC Bank is a long-standing EBRD client and compliance with and reporting on Bank requirements has been satisfactory in the context of existing and past projects.

Technical cooperation and grant financing

The EaP SME Competitiveness Sub-Operation will be complemented by grants (TC and non-TC) from the EU under the Delegation Agreement between the EBRD and the European Commission for the SME Competitiveness Program in the Partnership eastern:

(i) A project consultant under the EaP SMEC program will assist TBC in implementing the installation. A separate Verification Consultant (VC) will be engaged to verify the technical implementation of the sub-projects before the investment incentives are granted to the concerned MSMEs.

(ii) The project is supported by investment incentives of up to $2.88 million for TBC sub-borrowers, calculated for each sub-project at up to 15% of the lower amount between ( (i) the disbursed amount of the sub-loan, and (ii) the investment cost of the sub-project concerned, and

(iii) 50% of the senior unsecured loan will benefit from first loss risk coverage (FLRC) under the SME LCY program provided by the Special Local Currency Risk Sharing Fund for SMEs.

Company details

Ketevan Bitskinashvili
[email protected]
+(995 32) 227 27 27
7 Marjanishvili St. Tbilisi, Georgia 0102

Implementation Summary

PSD latest update

August 04, 2022

Understanding Transition

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