METHODOLOGY FOR DETERMINATION OF REFERENCE INTEREST RATE ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS (PRIME SBB)


1. OBJECTIVE

1.1. The present Methodology establishes and regulates the method for determination of reference rate PRIME SBB of small business loans of Eurobank Bulgaria AD (the Bank), as well as the manner of functioning and subsequent changes in the PRIME SBB.

2. PRIME SBB – SCOPE AND DEFINITION

2.1. PRIME SBB is the reference interest rate on small business loan agreements with companies, for which the Bank has agreed with clients to apply PRIME SBB.


2.2. PRIME SBB is a variable rate – it is applied on variable rate loans.

2.3. PRIME SBB rates are differentiated by applicable currencies (BGN and EUR).


3. METHODOLOGY FOR DETERMINATION OF PRIME SBB

3.1. PRIME SBB is determined based on the following formula:

whereas:
w1 - weight of household deposits;
w2 - weight of capital;
R  - interest rate on household deposits;
MRR - minimum reserve requirement in %;
DGF  - cost for the deposit guarantee fund in %;
RFR  - risk-free interest rate applicable for Bulgaria;
RW - risk weight;
SBR  - small business clients risk spread;
MCA  - adjustment for change in the marginal cost of funds.

4. PRIME SBB COMPONENTS:

4.1. The Weight:

  • Of Household deposits (w1) is the target ratio in percentage terms of household deposits to total attracted funds; the value of w1 is 88% and could not be changed for the period the present Methodology is in force ;
  • Of capital (w2) is the target ratio in percentage terms of capital to total attracted funds, the value of w2 is 12% and could not be changed for the period the present Methodology is in force
  • w1 and w2 are determined so that w1+w2=1.

4.2. The Interest rate on household deposits  (R):

  • Is the weighted average interest rate (towards the published volumes) in the respective currency on overnight deposits, time deposits and deposits redeemable at notice of Household sector of the banking system;
  • The interest rates are published at the end of each calendar month with data as of the prior reported month on the internet site of Bulgarian National Bank – in section “Interest Rate Statistics of BNB in the report “Interest Rates and Volumes of Outstanding Amounts on Overnight Deposits, Time Deposits and Deposits Redeemable at Notice of Non-financial Corporations and Households Sectors, the applicable data covering Households only  

( http://www.bnb.bg/Statistics/StMonetaryInterestRate/StInterestRate/StIRInterestRate/index.htm )

  •  The R component in the respective currency is calculated using the following formula:

 


whereas:

R O/N - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on overnight deposits of households;

B O/N - amount in million BGN of overnight deposits of households in the respective currency;

R 1d - 2y - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on time deposits of households with tenor over 1 day up to 2 years;
 

B 1d - 2y - amount in million BGN of time deposits of households in the respective currency with tenor over 1 day up to 2 years;

R >2y - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on time deposits of households with a tenor over 2 years;

B >2y - amount in million BGN of time deposits of households in the respective currency with a tenor over 2 years;

R saving  - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on deposits of households redeemable at notice;

B saving - amount in million BGN of deposits of households redeemable at notice in the respective currency;

4.3. The Minimum Reserve Requirement (MRR):

  • Is 10% which is equal to the legally established percentage, as at the moment of approval of the present Methodology, of reserve assets    to total deposit base as per Regulation № 21 for the Minimum Required Reserves Maintained with BNB by the Banks ( www.bnb.bg ).

4.4. Deposit Guarantee Fund Expense (DGF):

  • Is 0.5% which is equal to the annual premium payment, as at the moment of approval of the present Methodology, expressed in percentage terms, that banks shall contribute to the Deposit Guarantee Fund as per the Law on Bank Deposits Guarantee ( www.bnb.bg ).


4.5. The Risk-free interest rate applicable for Bulgaria (RFR):

  • Is the yield to maturity on the secondary market on long-term benchmark government bonds issued by the Republic of Bulgaria, which is used for determination of the long-term interest rate for convergence assessment purposes
  • Is published on a monthly basis in the Interest Rate Statistics of BNB - in the report Yield on Government Securities and Long-term Interest Rate for Convergence Assessment Purposes

( http://bnb.bg/Statistics/StMonetaryInterestRate/StInterestRate/StIRInterestRate/index.htm )

4.6. The Risk Weight(RW):

  • Is the weighted average risk weight (toward volumes) of the small business loan portfolio according to the accepted collaterals;
  • The value of the RW component is set at 65% based on historical experience and the relative stability of the profile of the accepted collaterals of the small business loan portfolio. The value of the RW component cannot be amended during the term of validity of the present Methodology.

4.7. Small business clients risk spread (SBR):

  • Includes the estimated interest premium for the risk of the most creditworthy small business clients;
  • At the initial calculation of PRIME SBB, it is deemed that the value of the SBR component is 50 basis points.

4.8. Adjustment for change in the Marginal Cost of Funds (MCA):

  • Is incremental charge/deduction that reflects the marginal cost of funds;
  • At the initial calculation of PRIME SBB, it is deemed that the value of the MCA component is 0;
  • The MCA component depends on the weighted average interest rate (towards the published volumes) MR in the respective currency on new business time deposits of households published in the Interest Rate Statistics of BNB

( http://bnb.bg/Statistics/StMonetaryInterestRate/StInterestRate/StIRInterestRate/index.htm )

  • The weighted average interest rate MR in the respective currency on new business time deposits of households is calculated using the following formula:

 


whereas:

MR 1d - 1y - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on new business time deposits of households with tenor over 1 day up to 1 year; 

MB 1d - 1y - amount in million BGN of new business time deposits of households with tenor over 1 day up to 1 year;

MR 1y - 2y - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on new business time deposits of households with tenor over 1 year up to 2 years; 

MB 1y - 2y - amount in million BGN of new business time deposits of households in the respective currency with tenor over 1 year up to 2 years;

MR >2y - effective annual interest rate in the respective currency on new business time deposits of households with tenor over 2 years; 

MB >2y - amount in million BGN of new business time deposits of households in the respective currency with tenor over 2 years; 

  • The MCA is deemed 0 till the accumulation of at least 100 basis points deviation of MR as from the adoption of the present Methodology. E.g.: Upon a deviation of MR with 60 basis points, the MCA component shall not be changed. Upon a deviation of MR with 120 basis points, there are grounds for a change in the  MCA component and it shall be changed to 120 basis points.
  • Subsequent changes in the MCA component shall be made upon deviation of at least 100 basis points of MR as from the date of the latest change in the PRIME SBB. E.g.: Upon a deviation of MR with 60 basis points (as from the date of the latest change in the PRIME SBB), the MCA component shall not be changed. Upon a deviation of MR with 120 basis points (as from the date of the latest change in the PRIME SBB), there are grounds for a change in the  MCA component and it shall be changed by 120 basis points.
  • The participation of the MCA component is by scale factor of 0.5 – each 100 basis points deviation in the component corresponds to 50 basis points change in the PRIME SBB E.g.: If the value of the MCA component changes by 120 basis points, PRIME SBB shall be changed by 60 basis points, all other things being equal.


5. BODY OF THE BANK RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINATION AND ADJUSTMENTS IN THE PRIME SBB

5.1. The Assets and Liabilities Committee (ALCO) is the authority of the Bank responsible for initial determination and subsequent adjustments in the level of the PRIME SBB.


5.2. In order to ensure adequacy of the PRIME SBB, ALCO reviews on a quarterly basis the calculated value as per the formula defined in art.3 of the Methodology by using the data, reported as of the last month of each calendar quarter and compares the calculated value with the acting PRIME SBB levels.


5.3. ALCO adjusts the level of the PRIME SBB when the deviation of the calculated PRIME SBB value over the acting PRIME SBB value is 50 basis points or above


5.4. Any change shall be rounded up to the second digit after the decimal point so that PRIME SBB can be divided to 0.05 without remainder.
E.g.: If the calculated PRIME SBB value is 5.5478, PRIME SBB shall be rounded to 5.55 % .

5.5. Upon change of the PRIME SBB, the Bank duly notifies the clients in accordance with the provisions of the respective loan agreement.

6. SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS:

6.1 The values defined in the current legislation, which the present Methodology refers to, shall be deemed amended in case of amendment in the respective legislative act.


7. FINAL PROVISIONS

7.1.  The Methodology for Determination of Reference Interest Rate (PRIME SBB) on Small Business Loans is adopted by the ALCO of Eurobank Bulgaria, Minutes № 150/22.04.2013, amended with Minutes 164A/23.07.2014.

Reference Interest Rate of Eurobank Bulgaria AD as of 27.12.2018.

BGN EUR
Reference Interest Rate for Small Business Loans (PRIME SBB) 1.85% 2.05%

Reference Interest Rate of Eurobank Bulgaria AD as of 27.03.2018

BGN EUR
Reference Interest Rate for Small Business Loans (PRIME SBB) 2.40% 2.05%

Reference Interest Rate of Eurobank Bulgaria AD as of 22.07.2017.

BGN EUR
Reference Interest Rate for Small Business Loans (PRIME SBB) 2.40% 2.65%