ProCredit Bank Bulgaria is a member of the ProCredit group, which is led by its Frankfurt-based parent company, ProCredit Holding. ProCredit Holding is the sole owner of ProCredit Bank Bulgaria.
ProCredit Bank Bulgaria was founded in October 2001 by an alliance of international development-oriented investors, many of which are shareholders in ProCredit Holding today. Their goal was to establish a new kind of financial institution that would meet the demand of small and very small businesses in a socially responsible way. The primary aim was not short-term profit maximisation but rather to deepen the financial sector and contribute to long-term economic development while also achieving a sustainable return on investment.
Over the years, ProCredit Holding has consolidated the ownership and management structure of all the ProCredit banks to create a truly global group with a clear shareholder structure and to bring to each ProCredit institution all the best practice standards, synergies and benefits that this implies.
As of the end of 2015, the current share capital of the bank is EUR 104 million.(Consolidated Financial Statements 2015)
Information about the sole shareholder of ProCredit Bank Bulgaria is outlined below.
ProCredit Holding is the parent company of a global group of ProCredit banks on three continents. ProCredit Holding was founded as Internationale Micro Investitionen AG (IMI) in 1998 by the pioneering development finance consultancy company Zeitinger Invest GmbH.
ProCredit Holding is committed to expanding access to financial services in developing countries and transition economies by building a group of banks that are the leading providers of fair, transparent financial services for very small, small and medium-sized businesses as well as the general population in their countries of operation. In addition to meeting the equity needs of its subsidiaries, ProCredit Holding guides the development of the ProCredit banks, provides their senior management, and supports the banks in all key areas of activity, including banking operations, human resources and risk management. It ensures that ProCredit corporate values, international best practice procedures and Basel III risk management principles are implemented group-wide in line with standards also set by the German supervisory authorities.
Zeitinger Invest GmbH is the leading shareholder and strategic investor in ProCredit Holding. Zeitinger Invest GmbH has been the driving entrepreneurial force behind the ProCredit group since the foundation of the banks.
ProCredit Holding is a public-private partnership. In addition to Zeitinger Invest GmbH and ProCredit Staff Invest, the other private shareholders of ProCredit Holding include the Dutch DOEN Foundation, the US pension fund TIAA-CREF, the US Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, the Swiss investment fund responsAbility, MicroVest and GAWA Microfinance Fund. The public shareholders of ProCredit Holding include KfW (the German promotional bank), IFC (the private sector arm of the World Bank), FMO (the Dutch development bank), BIO (the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries) and Proparco (the French Investment and Promotions company for Economic Cooperation).
The legal form of ProCredit Holding is a so-called KGaA (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien, or in English a partnership limited by shares). This is a legal form not uncommonly used in Germany which can basically be regarded as a joint stock company in which the role of the management board is assumed by a General Partner, and in which the General Partner has consent rights over certain key shareholder decisions. In the case of ProCredit Holding, the General Partner is a small separate company which is owned by the core shareholders of ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA: Zeitinger Invest GmbH, ProCredit Staff Invest, DOEN, KfW and IFC. The KGaA structure will allow ProCredit Holding to raise capital in the future without unduly diluting the influence of core shareholders in ensuring that the group maintains dual goals: development impact and commercial success.
ProCredit Holding has an investment grade rating (BBB) from Fitch Ratings Agency. As of the end of 2015, the equity base of the ProCredit group is EUR 604 million. The total assets of the ProCredit group are EUR 6.0 billion.