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.
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A report on the work associated with settling debts of Trartornye Zavody Concern to VEB was submitted to Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board.
At a meeting VEB’s Supervisory Board discussed the current situation on a project “Completion of the Investment Program and Restoration of OJSC Amurmetall’s Financial Stability”.
VEB’s Supervisory Board made a decision to provide additional charitable support for the Russian bid campaign for promoting the city of Yekaterinburg as a candidate city to host World EXPO 2020.
VEB’s Supervisory Board also approved a decision on transferring charitable funds in the amount of 70 million rubles to liquidate the consequences of the flood in the Far East to the regional state health institution “The Lenin Central District Hospital”. This hospital rendered first medical sanitary and special assistance during a severe flood situation in the Amur region and now requires capital repairs.
A number of other issues relating to Vnesheconombank’s day-to-day activities were also discussed.
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Состоялось очередное заседание наблюдательного совета Внешэкономбанка
Наблюдательному совету Внешэкономбанка был представлен отчет о проделанной работе, связанной с урегулированием задолженности Концерна «Тракторные заводы» перед ВЭБом.
На заседании обсуждалась текущая ситуация по проекту «Завершение инвестиционной программы и восстановления финансовой устойчивости ОАО «Амурметалл».
Наблюдательный совет принял решение об оказании дополнительной благотворительной поддержки российской заявочной кампании по продвижению города Екатеринбурга в качестве города – кандидата на право проведения Всемирной универсальной выставки ЭКСПО-2020.
Также наблюдательным советом было одобрено решение о переводе благотворительных средств в размере 70 млн. рублей на ликвидацию последствий наводнения на Дальнем Востоке в адрес областного государственного бюджетного учреждения здравоохранения «Ленинская центральная районная больница». Данное медицинское учреждение оказывало первичную медико-санитарную и специализированную помощь во время тяжелой паводковой ситуации в Приамурском регионе и в настоящее время нуждается в капитальном ремонте.
Также был обсужден ряд других вопросов, касающихся текущей деятельности Внешэкономбанка.
Agenda: on opening a credit line to fund the development of the Elginsk deposit, on funding a project to manufacture ammonia, methanol and carbamide in Tatarstan, on the additional capitalization of the Export Credit Agency of Russia (EXIAR).
D. Medvedev: Good afternoon colleagues.
Today, we are holding a meeting of Vnesheconombank Supervisory Board. To tell you the truth our agenda is as always extensive because of VEB’s role in investment policy. As a bank for development it helps to implement various projects in the high-technology sector.
Today, we’ll also identify strategic guidelines of Vnesheconombank’s development and discuss the Bank’s participation in funding a number of infrastructure projects and talk about major construction projects including Olympic ones.
I’d like to highlight several points before we start working in a closed format. First, I’d like to stress that Vnesheconombank has opened a credit line worth 2.5 billion dollars to fund the development of the Elginsk deposit; it’s the world’s largest undeveloped coal deposit in south-west part of Yakutia.
A large-scale project to develop the coal deposit in Yakutia is getting underway. Our objective is to develop a huge potential of our far-eastern regions (and it’s a part of our program of the Far East Development) and of course create modern growth points and highly efficient jobs as well as integrate the Far East into the common economic space. In the long run we should create favorable conditions for improving Far Eastern people’s quality of life.
I’d also like to highlight one more project aimed at funding the production of ammonia, methanol and carbamide in Tatarstan. I’d like to remind you that two and a half years ago the Bank’s Supervisory Board approved the extension of a credit worth 1.6 billion dollars for the construction of this integrated production facility. Nevertheless we need to make some adjustments including increased credit limits. It’s a large-scale interesting project. I hope that advanced energy-saving technologies will be used and that the project itself will be structured appropriately in terms of ecological standards. Negative environment effect should be minimized and products to be manufactured should be competitive and have good prospects for their sale on world markets and of course on our domestic market.
Let’s get down to discussing our agenda.
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After Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board meeting VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev answered journalists’ questions
Question: What sort of decision was made on the Elginsk deposit and as a whole on all issues discussed today?
V. Dmitriev: As far as the Elginsk deposit is concerned a positive decision was made on authorizing VEB to fund this project in the amount of 2.5 billion dollars. All basic parameters of this agreement were approved by the Bank’s Supervisory Board, so we are getting down to work.
Question: And on other issues discussed today specifically on EXIAR?
V. Dmitriev: We also made positive decisions on other issues. We made a decision to additionally capitalize EXIAR in the amount of more than 1 billion rubles thus enabling it to increase its capital and conduct insurance transactions through increasing its capital base. We considered several Olympic projects and also made concerted decisions on them related to increased budget upon meeting certain conditions that are in line with decisions made earlier by our Supervisory Board. As far as some facilities are concerned we made decisions to reduce financing budget with a view to economy or to get investors to increase their expenses.
We also discussed several projects related to charity activities. Specifically, we made a decision to extend a bridge-loan worth 250 million rubles to Public Television till next spring when they will be substituted by budgetary monetary funds.
We considered increasing the budget of a project on the construction of a large-scale integrated production facility in Tatarstan, in Mendeleevsk, namely, the Ammonii project aimed at manufacturing ammonia, carbamide and complex chemical fertilizers. This project is unique because it has no analogues in Russia and it was structured in close cooperation with Vnesheconombank’s foreign partners (these are banks from Japan and China). The most advanced equipment is supplied to implement this project making it possible to introduce energy saving technologies as well as technologies that minimize negative environment impact of this project.
We also discussed a number of other projects (we’ll make decisions on them after additional coordination) related to funding individual Russian companies by Vnesheconombank.
This is in general our today’s agenda. As usual decisions are made at a meeting of the working group representing interests of all members of the Bank’s Supervisory Board.
Question: Could you be more specific about the Olympics? There were disagreements between VEB and Sberbank on a ski-jump… Have you discussed this issue and made a decision on it today?
V. Dmitriev: Two ski-jumps will be fully ready and launched in due time. All the decisions were made in a concerted way, so, we don’t see any problems.
Question: How much will funding increase?
V. Dmitriev: Where?
Answer: I mean Olympic projects.
V. Dmitriev: According to our estimates, with regard to the projects we discussed an increase might be from 5 to 10 billion rubles.
Question: What projects are they?
V. Dmitriev: I’ll answer these questions when we have expert examination results from Olympstroi and Olympstroi’s confirmation of increasing budgets of these projects.
Question: Could you tell us in more detail about the Elginsk deposit? You are to provide 2.5 billion rubles.
V. Dmitriev: The Elginsk deposit project is so structured that it’s difficult to keep in mind terms and conditions of it even for a Noble prize laureate. There are several credit lines, different interest rates and different dates.
Question: At the end you said that you discussed funding of individual companies by VEB. What companies do you mean?
V. Dmitriev: I mentioned individual companies not by chance.
Question: Can’t you name them?
V. Dmitriev: No, I can’t.
Question: Did you discuss VEB’s entering Sukhoi company’s capital?
V. Dmitriev: Yes, we did.
Question: What decision did you make?
V. Dmitriev: We’ll enter Sukhoi Company’s capital.
Question: In what amount?
V. Dmitriev: In the amount and on the terms that will not be detrimental to Vnesheconombank’s financial stability.
Question: Excuse me, do you mean the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) or some sort of holding?
V. Dmitriev: I mean SCA
Moderator: Thank you. Are there any more questions?
Question: It’s a question about Syria. Does VEB hold Bashar Assad’s money?
Dmitriev: Under the Law “On the Bank for Development” Vnesheconombank does not have the right to hold accounts of natural entities.
Question: US senators made a statement that a number of major Russian banks including VEB allegedly assist in supporting the Syrian authorities, specifically; VEB contributes to making payments on S-300. Is this true?
Dmitriev: Thank goodness, the senators don’t accuse Vnesheconombank of using chemical weapons against civilians. I think that American senators are now looking for all possible excuses to accuse or suspect institutions that are not accountable or subordinate to the American Administration of violating rules and procedures established by the U.S.”. Vnesheconombank c acts in compliance with the Law on the Bank for Development and other Russian laws. And I’d like to stress that as far as international sanctions are concerned Vnesheconombank is strictly observing them.
And another thing, in its capacity as a bank for development Vnesheconombank is the authorized agent for the Government in servicing Russia’s foreign debt. So, under this authority and agreements on repaying Syria’s debt to the Russian Federation under Soviet-era debts, Vnesheconombank is an authorized bank responsible for holding tenders.
Journalists: Thank you very much.
V.Dmitriev: Thank you.
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The Meeting Summed up VEB’s Performance Results for 2012 and Approved the Bank’s Annual Report
D. Medvedev’s Opening Address:
We are having Vnesheconombank’s regular Supervisory Board meeting today. We’ll review VEB’s performance report for 2012. We have also to deal with objectives associated with major investments in modern high technology projects. There is no doubt that we can’t implement these projects without using development institutions. VEB is our leading development institution – it extended credits in its capacity as a bank for development for an amount of 720 billion rubles as of January 1 of the current year. This is about 200 million more than planned in the Bank’s Development Strategy. Most of the funds worth 670 billion rubles were used to finance large-scale investment projects in above all infrastructure assets, agro-industrial complex, chemical and petrochemical industries. If we add credits VEB extended as a whole, the total amount of funds provided to the economy exceeded 1 trillion rubles.
The most significant projects launched by VEB last year are the following: building Express Am7 satellite, reconstructing the Izhevsk cogeneration plant, constructing crude oil and oil products tankers, developing the Talitsky area of the Verkhnekamsk potassium and magnesium salts deposit and a number of other projects.
These are large-scale projects but we also give high priority to small and medium-sized enterprises and once we geared Vnesheconombank to provide support for small and medium sized enterprises.
VEB provided credits to SMEs for an amount of almost 50 billion rubles and this is about 20 billion rubles more than in 2011. Moreover, the amount of credits VEB extended to Russian exporters increased by two times from 2011. We have created a mechanism that ensures competitive conditions for funding Russian exporters.
At the end of 2012, a subsidy worth 3 billion rubles was transferred to the Bank. For the first time in the modern Russian practice of supporting exports, a target subsidy was provided in line with WTO and OECD standards. These funds are to be used to compensate for interest rates on export credits.
Borrowings were made both on domestic and foreign financial markets. The Bank also raised syndicated loans with the help of a pool of banks. Vladimir Dmitriev (V. Dmitriev is Vnesheconombank’s Chairman) will report on this separately.
And one more theme to mention, VEB has become a full member of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific. I hope that VEB’s membership in this Association will enhance its and Russia’s role in this region as a whole. It’s very important for us to be present there in various ways. V. Dmitriev will report on this in more detail.
I’d like to bring up one more issue, it is of social importance. The program of VEB’s investments in affordable housing construction is being completed. Almost 95% of this program has been carried out. The Bank extended about 88 thousand mortgage loans worth more than 140 billion rubles; more than 3.3 million square meters of living space were purchased. The program embraces almost all regions. Since it was launched in 2010, interest rates have fallen almost to 13% but unfortunately we have to admit that this a very high interest rate anyway, although we took measures to reduce it.
This is a task for the future and of course not only for VEB because credit rates are interrelated with each other and we can’t have a mortgage credit rate of 5% in one bank and 13% in the other. Nevertheless, this is a task for our entire banking system and we discussed the issue repeatedly during our previous meetings. There’s no doubt we need to stimulate demand for economic class housing which should be affordable for the largest categories of population. I believe that we could prolong this program until late 2014. Let’s discuss this at our Supervisory Board meeting.
And finally, we’ll approve the results of the Development Award Contest – these are modern projects, investment programs. 221 applications were submitted, there are laureates and their names are usually declared during the Petersburg Economic Forum. I think the VEB’s Chairman will tell about it separately. This is our today’s agenda and there are many other issues I haven’t mentioned. Let’s work tightly getting to the heart of all matters to be discussed.
Let’s start with approving the Bank’s annual performance report and making a decision on distributing profits generated by Vnesheconombank in 2012.
Origin: Internet Portal of the Government of the Russian Federation
VEB intends to increase its loan portfolio in 2013 at the rates on the level of 2012 and it sees risks in funding
Gorky (the Moscow region), May 28. INTERFAX AFI – Vnesheconombank (VEB) intends to increase its loan portfolio in 2013 at the rates comparable to those in 2012; funding of transactions will be a restraining factor, Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists after VEB’s Supervisory Board meeting.
“We have serious plans for increasing our loan portfolio, we are going to increase it at the rates comparable to those in 2012, the rates are somewhat restrained as we have to fund our transactions and meet capital adequacy ratio”, he said.
Moreover, saying about plans for borrowings in the current year V. Dmitriev said that the Bank intended to make both ruble and foreign currency borrowings. He said that he found it difficult specify dates for implementing these plans.
It was reported earlier that VEB’s loan portfolio before reserves under IFRS in 2012 increased by 21.5% to 1 trillion 691 billion rubles from 1 trillion 392 billion in 2011. The Bank’s loan portfolio after reserves increased by 21.8% to 1 trillion 497 billion rubles from 1 trillion 229 billion rubles. The proportion of credits to customers in assets increased for the year 2012 from 49% to 51%.
Guarantees extended by Vnesheconombank made it possible to support industrial exports in the amount of 17 billion rubles – Dmitriev
GORKY, May 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Guarantees extended by Vnesheconombank made it possible to support industrial exports in the amount of 17 billion rubles, Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists. “At the end of the last year Vnesheconombank entered into an agreement on extending guarantees to the Export Insurance Agency of Russia in the amount of 10 billion rubles. We have already extended guarantees worth 700 million rubles and this made it possible to support industrial exports in the amount of more than 17 billion rubles”, he said.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at VEB’s Supervisory Board meeting today that a mechanism for ensuring competitive conditions for funding exporters was created n Russia with the help of Vnesheconombank. At the end of 2012, 3 billion rubles were transferred to the Bank. For the first time in the modern Russian practice of supporting exports, a target subsidy was provided in line with WTO and OECD standards. These funds are to be used to compensate for interest rates on export credits.
VEB’s Supervisory Board approves nominees for the Development Award
GORKY, May 28 – RIA Novosti. Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board approved nominees for the Development Award, their names will be declared at the Petersburg Economic Forum, Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists.
“VEB’s Supervisory Board approved proposals offered by Vnesheconombank and based on the recommendations given by Vnesheconombank’s Expert Council for the nominees for the Development Award”, he said.
Dmitriev reminded that the Award is given in four nominations and will be presented at the Petersburg Economic Forum by the Head of the state.
“Today we have approved institutions that will receive this Award in the course of the Petersburg Economic Forum”, he said adding that he will not name the institutions because this must be a surprise for the public”.
VEB’s management performance efficiency to be evaluated not only by the amount of loan portfolio by also by its quality – Dmitriev
GORKY, May 28. /ITAR-TASS/. One of criteria to evaluate Vnesheconombank’s management performance efficiency will be the Bank’s loan portfolio quality, Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists.
According to him VEB’s Supervisory Board has approved today key performance efficiency indicators for 2012 and a plan for relevant indicators for 2013.
“We agreed that besides quantitative indicators in evaluating Vnesheconombank’s performance as well as in making bonus payments to managerial personnel and employees we will take into account the Bank’s loan portfolio quality”, said Dmitriev. According to him, this is especially important because of the loan portfolio increased amounts. “Given the said growth, quality is important too”, Vnesheconombank Chairman stressed.
VEB might purchase infrastructure bonds of Rostech and Rosnano
GORKY, May 28 – Prime. Vnesheconombank is exploring the possibility of purchasing infrastructure bonds of Rostech and Rosnano, VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists.
“We are considering applications submitted by Rosnano and Rostech”, he said without specifying sums and dates for purchasing these bonds.
Dmitriev also confirmed Vnesheconombank’s plans for purchasing RZHD’s infrastructure bonds worth 100 billion rubles as well as infrastructure bonds of UES FGC.