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January 26, 2024

Finnfund is one of the investors enabling the growth of TBC’s green loan portfolio in Georgia

TBC Bank Group PLC (“TBC PLC”) announces that its subsidiary, JSC TBC Bank (“TBC Bank”), has signed a syndicated subordinated loan agreement in the amount of EUR 80 million with the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO and its syndicate members. The loan facility bears a maturity of ten years and qualifies as Tier 2 capital under the Basel 3 framework. This funding will strengthen TBC’s capital position, increase its long-term resilience, and support the bank’s sustainable growth.

Within this agreement, FMO acted as the mandated lead arranger and will serve as facility agent as well. FMO has provided funding in syndication with other 5 lenders and participants, including new financiers such as the Finnish development financier and impact investor, Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd. (“Finnfund”), the Danish development financier and impact investor, the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (“IFU”) and an SDG-focused emerging market credit fund, ILX Fund (“ILX”). Existing long-standing partners of TBC Bank, BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (“BOMF”) and Green for Growth fund (“GGF”) were also part of the syndicate. This is the largest syndicate Tier 2 facility provided by FMO under the new Basel 3 framework.

The official signing of the agreement took place on January 25 in Tbilisi. The document was signed by the CEO of JSC TBC Bank, Vakhtang Butskhrikidze, and the Manager of Financial Institutions ECA MENA of the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, Ruhi Cosgun. The event was attended by Meline Arakelian, Dutch Ambassador in Georgia; Anders Trelborg, Deputy Head of the Mission at the Danish Embassy in Georgia; Ekaterine Metreveli, Honorary Consul of Finland in Georgia; and other invited guests.

Vakhtang Butskhrikidze, CEO of JSC TBC Bank, said: “We are proud to be the recipient of this landmark facility in partnership with six lenders. This funding will strengthen TBC’s capital position and support its sustainable growth, with a strong focus on inclusive financing, which is a shared commitment and priority of all syndicate members. FMO was the first partner institution for TBC, with whom we successfully accomplished a debut syndicated subordinated a decade ago, and execution of another benchmark transaction is testament of well-established, strong partnership between our institutions. We are particularly proud that this syndicated facility enables TBC to onboard new investors such as IFU, Finnfund and ILX, which serves as a good foundation for future cooperation. We would like to express our gratitude to FMO for having arranged this landmark transaction and also thank all syndicate participants for their trust and valuable contributions. We look forward to executing many more successful deals in the future”.

Ruhi Cosgun, Manager Financial Institutions ECA MENA at FMO, adds: TBC Bank is a longstanding client of FMO, over the years resulting in broader cooperation with entities of the group. The group has excellent reputation with robust policies in place and adhering to international best standards. We are therefore very confident and proud to be the lead arranger of this facility, that also onboards new investors in TBC. The facility will be used to strengthen the capital base of TBC bank and to enable the increase of the green portfolio. We want to thank TBC and our investment partners for this impactful cooperation.

“Finnfund is pleased to be part of the syndicated loan, that will enable the growth of TBC’s green loan portfolio”, said Ulla-Maija Rantapuska, Investment Manager of Finnfund. “It is great to see that TBC strives to act as a role model in responsible and climate aware financial service provider, manifested in its ESG strategy, which targets net zero emissions and sets KPIs for sustainable loan portfolio.”

More information:
Investment Manager Ulla-Maija Rantapuska, tel. +358 41 536 5631,

Media contact:
Valpuri Mäkinen, Communications and Marketing Manager, tel +358 50 3842105,




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