||Bank Respublika started its operations in 1992 and has become one of Azerbaijan’s leading banks over that period. The Bank’s shareholders include 2 largest financial institutions of Germany: Investment Company DEG, a member of KfW banking group, and SIDT, a member of Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, which have owned a “25%+1 share” stock of Bank Respublika since 2005.
Bank Respublika closely cooperates with international and foreign financial institutions. Under the different enterprise and trade finance lending programs Bank Respublika acquired lines of credit from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – 12.7 mln. USD, Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) – 12 mln. USD, German Investment Company DEG – 5 mln. USD, Bankgesellschaft Berlin – 5 mln. USD, Asian Development Bank – 4 mln. USD, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank – 2.3 mln. EUR, German-Azeri Fund – 2 mln. EUR, Raiffeisen – 2 mln. USD, Commerzbank – 1 mln. USD and others.
Bank Respublika’s important priorities include expansion of activities in corporate bond market. In the last year Bank Respublika 2 times issued its corporate securities for a total amount of 3 mln. manat (3.5 mln. USD), the buyers of which were two foreign companies. In an effort to strengthen activity in this direction, Bank Respublika is also a general sponsor of “Obligation Congress of CIS countries – 2007”, which will be organized by Informational Agency CBONDS and conducted on June 28 – 29 of this year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
One more achievement of Bank Respublika is receipt of ratings from Moody's International Service. On December, 2006, Bank Respublika received long-term B2 rating for deposits in national and foreign currency and short-term NP rating for deposits in national and foreign currency. All ratings carry “stable” outlook. Bank Respublika is one of the first banks of Azerbaijan to receive an international rating and the received ratings are the highest in the private bank sector of Azerbaijan.
Another sign of the Bank’s successful operation is the dynamic growth of financial performance indicators. As of February 1, 2007, the Bank’s total assets reached AZN 119.1 mln. (USD 137.0 mln.). Bank Respublika’s assets have increased by 91% in 2006. Thus, being one of Azerbaijan’s leading banks, Bank Respublika further strengthens its positions on the country’s bank market.