The Bank’s strategic business guidelines for a period of up to the year 2020 were discussed at the meeting.
Dmitry Medvedev’s Opening Address:
Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board Meeting
Good afternoon. Today we are holding our last meeting this year. The year has been as usual very intensive. I’d like to thank you all for our joint work and I’d like to wish Vnesheconombank’s team further success because our joint activity has a very serious influence on our country’s investment plans and economic development.
Today, by the way, we’ll discuss the Bank’s strategic business guidelines for a period of up to the year 2020. What is meant here is the Bank’s increased participation in a whole number of investment projects and this is the Bank’s main mission as a development institution. It goes without saying that the state and the Government will have to take adequate decisions on enhancing the Bank’s capital base to increase its loan portfolio and expand its lines of activity.
And now I’d like to say a few words about our today’s agenda. We’ll deal with VEB’s export portfolio. The Bank has made a whole number of organizational decisions, a core structural subdivision has been set up, a regulatory framework has been formed, we have also a product line but given geography of Russian industrial exports, we should develop such a set of instruments that will take into account country risks and secure access to long money for our domestic producers. In this sense, everything here is developing slower than it should be and this is absolutely clear. So, we have to step up our efforts. I hope that everything we are talking about today will be put into effect next year.
We are also to discuss a number of other issues including some Olympic issues. I have recently held a meeting devoted to the construction of Olympic facilities and relevant decisions on future working results and completion of preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games. These projects’ participants voiced a whole number of ideas. There’s no doubt that they are now in a rather difficult situation. In this context, we of course must consider some issues related to payments on credits which VEB extended for the construction of Olympic facilities as the credits were not given as gifts but were extended to balance interests of the state and business for the Olympics to benefit not only our athletes but in the long run the region and the whole country.
We have also a whole number of matters related to approving various types of credits. Naturally we’ll discuss them today too
After the Meeting of Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board, VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev Held Briefing for Journalists
V.Dmitriev: So, our regular meeting of Vnesheconombank Supervisory Board is over. As usual, a lot of problems had piled up by the end of the year, with some of them being of extraordinary importance for Vnesheconombank. They include an issue of budget, an issue of the Bank’s strategy as well as matters related to funding Olympic projects, our charitable and sponsor’s activities, providing support for a whole number of investment projects and the Bank’s subsidiary institutions.
Above all, I’d like to say that as a whole we have approved proposed approaches to our strategy and strategic business guidelines on the basis of which Vnesheconombank’s development strategy up to the year 2020, from 2015 to 2020 will be formulated and submitted to our Supervisory Board next year, in the second quarter of the next year. The strategy is quite ambitious. Besides our traditional lines of activity top priority is to be given to supporting industrial exports taking into account decisions taken by the Government on preferential funding of importers and domestic producers. This support would apply to both lending proper and to guarantee business. Vnesheconombank was offered to raise the bar significantly and set serious, ambitious tasks before itself in this sphere of activity. Although it was recognized and stated that Vnesheconombank had already set up a comprehensive system of supporting exports which applies to Vnesheconombank’s activity as well as to the activity of the Export Credit Agency of Russia (EXIAR) which set off to a good start and is already now a reliable partner of a number of Russian enterprises operating on the CIS and near-abroad countries. This system also applies to Roseximbank whose activity focuses on providing support for small and medium-sized enterprises. It was also said that Vnesheconombank itself and its subsidiary bank - SME Bank should step up their efforts to support small and medium-sized enterprises. New forms of assisting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises were also supported. They will apply to not only to credit and guarantee support but also to creating special funds which would invest in small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the non-trade sector. We created this fund together with Germany’s bank for development – KfW. Other potential foreign investors express their interest in participating in this Fund including international financing institutions. We hope that a managing company we are supposed to establish in the near future (the Fund itself was established and founded in Luxemburg), will operate here is to be established in the second half of the next year and we hope that this Fund will become an additional stimulus for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in our country.
Our business guidelines are aimed at our loan portfolio dynamic development, increasing Vnesheconombank’s assets among other things by way of entering into capital of Ilyushin Finance Co where Vnesheconombank will own controlling stake. By way of buying out a stake in the United Aircraft Construction Corporation VEB will help to implement the Sukhoi Superjet program as well as to convert VEB’s debt into equity of this company.
We have also discussed the Bank’s budget and agreed upon its key indicators. In the 2nd quarter of the next year after conducting a financial audit and publishing an auditor’s report we’ll publish data on the Bank’s performance for 2013. And it’s already clear that basic indicators of our activity for the next year would exceed indicators of the current year including projected profit, loan portfolio growth, the Bank’s assets and liabilities growth, the Bank’s participation in funding these transactions both by way of placing bond issues inside our country and abroad and by way of conducting transactions on the interbank market and here I also mean tied lending against imports of foreign equipment.
In this respect it’s very important to stress that there is no doubt these ambitious plans should be adequately supported by the state in terms of enhancing VEB’s capital base. Various scenarios are being discussed for example direct monetary contribution, government guarantees, a contribution in the form federal bonds, conversion of some deposits into tier 2 capital, guarantees against Vnesheconombank’s transactions. In this respect, it makes sense to consider practice of Germany’s bank for development where all its borrowings are secured by government guarantees. National development institutions in various countries enjoy various forms of government support. They include preferential lending which is used in Brazil and direct monetary contributions into capital in China. So, we are not inventing and recommending anything new we rely on the existing practice and on specific features of banks for development which as a rule are not joint stock companies and therefore they can’t rely on additional issue of shares and engaging shareholders in their capital thus increasing their resource base.
All these support measures are acknowledged as substantiated and are worth being discussed. One of top priority scenarios is believed to be conversion of some deposits into two tier capital or a decision to include these deposits in two tier capital. This requires to introduce changes into applicable legislation but we feel and believe that this work will be completed next January. Now, the Bank is and will be involved in the coming months in implementing main lines of its activity, which will not require to increase capital immediately. And our forecast for the next year is that Vnesheconombank’s capital adequacy ratio will be at a level that does not pose any problems and risks for our creditors, that is at a level higher than an upper limit of 10% which is to be maintained in our agreements on borrowings such as bond issues or interbank lending. By the way, this ratio was set by the Memorandum on Vnesheconombank’s financial policies.
Olympic projects. We have taken decisions on some of them to increase their budgets through using borrowers’ funds rather than Vnesheconombank’s monetary resources. But as a whole, we acknowledged that Olympic facilities are being funded dynamically in accordance with terms and conditions of credit agreements including with conditions precedent which borrowers are obliged to observe.
We have also discussed a whole number of investment projects including providing support for Saturn Company and revision of financial terms of the credit extended to Tobolsk Polymer for the construction of a larger-scale integrated polypropylene production facility with a capacity of 0.5 million tons per year. The changes are caused by the fact that the project moved from its investment stage into its operation stage. Not long ago the integrated production facility was inaugurated in the presence of the Russian President. Due to achieving production capacity and availability of sales markets, risks with regard to the project are significantly lower now and so we offered our Supervisory Board to reduce the interest rate and refuse a whole number of collaterals transferring them to Sibur.
As to investment projects designed to support industrial exports we made a decision to extend a credit worth 500 million dollars to the Belarusian Government represented by this country’s Finance Ministry. This credit is designed to fund advance payments related to the construction of a nuclear power station in this country. Russia extended a credit worth 10 billion dollars for the construction of this nuclear power plant. They have started to use the credit. The Republic of Belarus made a part of advance payments through using budgetary funds but given problems with the budget, and in order to support Russian industrial exports the Bank’s Supervisory Board made a decision that Vnesheconombank was to provide 500 million dollars to the Belarusian Finance Ministry to fund advance payments.
We made a decision to increase capital of our subsidiary bank – Roseximbank through transferring a subordinated loan in the amount 1 billion 700 million rubles into tier 2 capital, this means that these funds will be used to buy out additional issue. The reason for it is that by stepping up its efforts Roseximbank was in line with the Central Bank’s regulation and provided above all guarantee support for export-oriented medium-sized enterprises.
Today, we have also discussed an issue of Vnesheconombank sponsor’s and charitable assistance. Main lines of this activity remained unchanged. They above all include important projects in medicine, education, culture, sports and science. And the budget compared with this year’s budget remains factually unchanged.
I suppose this is a whole list of issues we have discussed today at our Supervisory Board meeting.
Question: Vedomosti newspaper. I have a question about additional capitalization. You’ve listed some potential forms of financial assistance to VEB. Did I get you right that at present and in the near future you are considering an option of converting deposits of the National Wealth Fund into tier 2 capital and all other forms of financial assistance you mentioned before such as direct capitalization from the budget, state guarantees are designed for the future, now deposits are worth 200 billlion.
V.Dmitriev: Yes, you are absolutely right. We haven’t so far bothered the public and the mass media as there was no need for the state’s support measures. But now owing to increased volume of our active transactions, the growth in our assets and above all our loan portfolio we are approaching such a situation when the state need to take certain measures to provide capital to fund the Bank’s dynamically growing core activity and the reason for it is that our Bank is not a commercial one and we can’t rely on traditional ways of enhancing capital base.
Question: A decision has been made to buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian bonds using financial resources of the National Wealth Fund. Siluanov said yesterday that probably not all funds will be taken from the National Wealth Fund. Is VEB exploring the possibility of rendering financial assistance to Ukraine including through buying Ukrainian bonds?
V.Dmitriev: Ukrainian bonds are not on Vnesheconombank’s agenda but as you know our Bank is an investor in Ukraine’s banking sector. And we intend to enhance capital base of our subsidiary bank – Prominvestbank taking into account above all the current state and prospects of Russia-Ukrainian trade and economic relations and investment relations. We believe that this bank will play a more important and active in role in promoting trade and economic ties, trade contracts as well as integration ties between Russian and Ukrainian enterprises. To perform this function the bank needs capital and this is just the case when the shareholder (Vnesheconombank) is participating in enhancing the bank’s capital base.
Moreover, as far as investments are concerned we support Russian investors which in the past purchased such metals assets as Zaporozhstal and the Industrial Union of Donbass. Ukrainian shareholders’ capabilities are limited and we are going to support Russian business to strengthen our positions in Ukraine including in the metals sector.
Question: My question is about Olympic construction projects. What Olympic facilities are to be additionally funded according to the decisions made? For example, this Monday at a meeting conducted by the Prime Minister in Sochi Basel whined saying that it needed money for the Olympic village and other facilities. Have you resolved the problem.
V.Dmitriev: We took a decision to increase Top Project Company’s budget by more than 2 billion rubles and this increase will be funded through refunding VAT. As far as RogSibAl is concerned, the current credit agreement is valid with regard to it. And we expect it (here I mean the company) to fulfill a whole number of substantial conditions precedent which make it possible for us to positively consider increasing the budget and financial support on the part of Vnesheconombank.
Question: Top Project’s budget will be increased through using investors’ funds?
V.Dmitriev: Yes, Vnesheconombank’s funds won’t increase.
Question: Prime Agency. I’d like to clarify the Bank’s main performance indicators that you’re planning. What profit do you plan for this year and for the next year and therefore the Bank’s loan portfolio growth? And what’s the amount of additional capitalization? Do you have in mind 200 billion rubles or are you discussing any other options? And when might it take place?
V.Dmitriev: Let me start with your last question.
The sum you’ve mentioned is in line with our expectations. As it’s a matter of foreign currency deposit everything will depend on the exchange rate. We expect to generate a profit of 10 billion rubles this year; it is a profit under IFRS. Next year we expect to generate profit at approximately the same level but I’d like to say it once more that everything will depend on market conditions. As you can understand, generating significant profit this year is related to a sale of EADS’ stake as it will result in increasing our income and profit.
Question: What about your loan portfolio?
V.Dmitriev: Our loan portfolio is growing dynamically. This year it has increased by 31% and the loan portfolio of the Bank for Development itself has increased by 34%. We plan a similar growth dynamics with somewhat lesser parameters for 2014. Loan portfolio will increase by 163 billion rubles to 1 trillion 475 billion rubles by the end of 2014.
The amount of investments will increase above all through purchasing bonds of Ilyushin Finance and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.
Question: You said that work would be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Did you mean certain amendments that would be needed to convert deposits into tier 2 capital?
V.Dmitriev: Yes, I did. I think that relevant amendments will be enacted in the first quarter of 2014.
Origin: Internet-Portal of the Government of the Russian Federation
Vnesheconombank Holds International Conference “Investment in Sustainable Development. New Conditions for Business Innovation Potential”
The 4th International Conference “Investments in Sustainable Development. New Conditions for Business Innovation Potential” was held in Moscow from 10 to 11 December. State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)’ acted as the Conference’s organizer.
Welcoming addresses to the Conference’s participants were given by Russian Deputy Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Vnesheconombank Deputy Chairman – Member of the Board Mikhai Kopeikin and Detector of the UN Information Center in Moscow Alexandr Gorelik.
Speaking before specialists Mikhail Kopeikin said, “At present, the Bank is taking an active part in preparing a Draft Concept for Developing Russia’s Non-Financial Reporting being developed by the Russian Economic Ministry. This Concept is designed to help to increase institutions’ responsibility for social and ecological effects of their activities as well as achieve greater transparency and information openness”.
He also added that in 2013 Vnesheconombank was the first among financing institutions in the former Soviet Union to join the Financial Initiative of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). Almost at the same time the Bank developed and approved its own Responsible Financing Policy – a document setting forth main goals, principles and lines of practical activity in assisting sustainable development.
This year the Conference was devoted to large-scale changes in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility in Russia and the world. The Conference’s agenda included issues of formulating new humankind development goals being developed by the UN in exchange for the current Millennium Development Goals. The Conference’s participants gave to priority to examining the role of “green” finances in securing ecological well-being and efficiency of state and market mechanisms for encouraging corporate social responsibility. Experts also discussed Russia’s and Russian business’ contribution to developing the sustainable development concept.
More than 300 executives of government authorities, representatives of the business community and high-ranking experts participated in the Conference.
The Conference was held with the assistance of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Ey Company, the Financial Initiative of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Global Compact Network in Russia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the magazine ‘Sustainable Development”.
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