Project detail - ARARATBANK OJSC

ARARATBANK OJSC

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Who is our client

ARARATBANK OJSC is a mid-sized universal bank in Armenia focusing on Micro, SME and Retail customers. The bank operates the 5th largest branch network in the country and employs around 1025 staff. Araratbank is an existing client of FMO since 2014 in the area of funding and technical assistance.

Funding objective

The new loan of up to USD 25 million is used to finance eligible Micro, Youth, Women and Agricultural customers of the bank in line with FMO's eligibility criteria, supporting our impact goal of reducing inequalities. The new loan is partly funded by FMO-A and partly by 3rd party investors mandated by FMO Investment Management, which supports our goal to mobilize commercial investor funds.

Why we fund this project

FMO's loan is used by Araratbank to finance their Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) portfolio. MSME are the core of the Armenian economy. The private sector in Armenia is dominated by MSME’s, making up about 98% of total registered enterprises. However, they contribute only for ~25% of GDP and ~19% of employment (source: EU4Business report June 2019). Access to credit remains critical for further development of the MSME segment. More specifically, the loan proceeds will be used to finance a combination of Micro clients and eligible women/youth/agriculture clients of the bank. In turn, this supports job creation and maintenance in a Low to Middle Income Country (LMIC) where ~42% of the population live below the poverty line (Worldbank, $5.50/day poverty line) and unemployment rate is ~17% (~35% for youth).

Environmental and social rationale

The project has been categorized as Category C in accordance with FMO’s Sustainability Policy. The Project’s activities are deemed to have minimal or no adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts. As part of the Project, Araratbank is required to apply the EDFI Exclusion List and (Country) E&S laws and regulations.

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Date Total FMO financing
10/22/2019 USD 10.00 MLN
4/12/2018 USD 20.00 MLN
2/26/2016 USD 7.50 MLN
9/26/2014 USD 10.00 MLN
Website client
http://www.araratbank.am
Region
Europe & Central Asia
Country
Armenia
Sector
Financial Institutions
Signing date
5/17/2021
Total FMO financing
USD 25.00 MLN
Fund
FMO
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)
C