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STATEMENT FROM THE EBRD AND IFC ON STOPANSKA BANKA


 Press Release No. 99/66

 

IFC:  Brigid Janssen
Phone:(202) 458-4698
Fax:(202) 974-4384
E-mail:bjanssen@ifc.org


EBRD:  Véronique Cassegrain
Phone:  +44 171 338 7237
E-mail: CassegrV@ebrd.com


 


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 1998 --- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are disappointed by the withdrawal of Erste Bank of Austria from the recent agreement to provide equity investment and a term loan to Stopanska Banka a.d., the largest bank in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Signed on 10 June 1998, the DM 81.8 million (US$47.8 million) joint financing package with the two institutions comprised a DM 31.8 million (US$18.6 million) equity investment and a DM 50 million (US$29.2  million) term loan.


The EBRD and the IFC are examining alternatives to help Stopanska Banka in its privatisation and restructuring programme.


Both the EBRD and the IFC remain committed to FYR Macedonia and will continue to support the country's financial sector.