Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), the European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD) has provided ArmSwissBank CJSC with a status of a confirming
bank. The status enables ArmSwissBank to confirm the letters of credit and
guarantees of foreign issuing banks. Gevorg
Machanyan, Chairman of the Management Board, Executive Director at ArmSwissBank
CJSC, and Mark Davis, Head of the EBRD's Yerevan Resident Office, signed the
relevant agreement on July 7 in Yerevan.
Gevorg Machanyan said that due to the new status,
ArmSwissBank will enhance the affordability of trade finance instruments for
the exporters. "The signing of the given document demonstrates the EBRD's
high confidence in ArmSwissBank, which has been formed as a result of the
4-year cooperation", he said. Machanyan
added that since the launch of cooperation under the Trade Facilitation
Programme, the EBRD's line of credit opened for the Bank has been tripled from
$3 mln to $9 mln. "The status of an advising bank is the logical
continuation of the Trade Facilitation Programme Academic Excellence Award
presented to ArmSwissBank", he said.
Mark Davis, in turn, said that by taking the decision
to assign the status of an advising bank to ArmSwissBank, the EBRD has actually
entrusted it with risk management functions. The document implies deepening of
further cooperation, he said. Davis
also pointed out that at the moment the EBRD is cooperating with ArmSwissBank
under trade facilitation and SME finance programmes, but ArmSwissBank will
shortly become a participant in the energy efficiency development programme as
has been cooperating with the EBRD since 2010 and is considered to be one of
the EBRD's most active partners in the banking sector of Armenia.
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) presented a Trade
Facilitation Programme Academic Excellence Award in cooperation with the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to ArmSwissBank CJSC in recognition of
the outstanding academic achievements in the Trade Finance e-Learning Programme
in 2013. The award ceremony took place
at the EBRD's annual general meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on 14-16 May 2014.
ArmSwissBank CJSC was founded on 7 October 2004. The founder and CEO of
"Franck Muller Watchland" Company, Vardan Sirmakes is the owner of
11670 (80 %) ordinary shares of "ARMSWISSBANK" CJSC. 2918 (20%) ordinary
shares of the Bank belong to "Belegingsmachepij Jongo" LLC.
specializes in corporate banking, investment banking and private banking. As of
1 July 2014, the assets of ArmSwissBank amounted to 72.3 bln AMD (24%
year-over- year growth). The Bank's authorized capital increased by 44% to 10.1
bln AMD, and the total capital rose by 56% to 21 bln AMD. Over the same period,
the Bank's loan book grew by 11% to 30.1 bln AMD, and the portfolio of
securities increased by 70% to 32.3 bln AMD. In the first half of 2014, the
Bank's profit totaled 1.2 bln AMD (67% year- over-year growth). The Bank's ROA
made up 3.38% versus 3.18% in the first half of 2013, and ROE made up 13.61%
versus 13.84% in the first half of 2013.