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    Reference: 20210041
    Release date: 1 March 2021

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE SA

    Location

    Description

    Risk-sharing instrument deployed under the European Guarantee Fund ("EGF") for the support of mid-caps and large corporates in Greece that are active in sectors that are in line with the EIB's long-term mission (innovation, environment and intermediated small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) support) and are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Additionality and Impact

    The proposed operation consists of a guarantee in favour of NBG covering 75% of the loan-by-loan losses that may incur in a EUR 200m portfolio of financings to eligible MidCaps and large corporates in Greece. By addressing the underlying market failure in access to finance faced by companies due to information assymetries and higher screening costs for smaller investments, which has been exacerbated due to the impact of COVID-19, the operation is fully in line with EU, the Bank's, as well as the Hellenic Republic's strategic objective to support uninterrupted access to finance and liquidity for enterprises. The guarantee will offer credit loss protection and capital relief to NBG on the portfolio to be covered. This would allowfor the creation of additional headroom in the bank's balance sheet and increase in its credit risk appetite, which would be reflected in the benefits passed to final beneficiaries and which would take the form of higher volumes of financing, access to finance for clients that in the absence of the guarantee would not be possible, reduced pricing and/or lower collateral requirements.

    Objectives

    Improve access to finance for companies in Greece and, namely, at beneficial terms, through the provision of capital relief and credit loss protection to the National Bank of Greece (NBG) on a portfolio of new eligible transactions.

    Sector(s)

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 150 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 490 million

    Environmental aspects

    Final beneficiaries will be required to comply with the applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Procurement

    Final beneficiaries will be required to comply with the applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Status

    Signed - 23/06/2021

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Greece Credit lines