In order to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, HBOR implements new measures aimed at maintaining the level of economic activity, keeping the liquidity of economic operators stable and, most importantly, preserving jobs.
Therefore, entrepreneurs are able to use a moratorium and reschedule their existing loan obligations towards HBOR and are offered new liquidity loans at favourable terms and conditions in cooperation with commercial banks or directly.
To facilitate the approval of liquidity loans at favourable terms and conditions in cooperation with commercial banks and to speed up the recovery of as many entrepreneurs as possible whose operations have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance of exporters’ liquidity loan portfolio has been introduced for loans intended for exporters, indirect exporters and tourism industry.
Description of measures implemented by HBOR
|Programme||Loan Potential, HRK millions||Benefits||Launched||Implementation||Status|
|Moratorium on and Rescheduling of Loans||Moratorium duration|
up to 16 months
|27.3.2020||Direct lending and on-lending via banks||Active|
|Working Capital COVID-19||1,500||Interest rate |
on HBOR’s share
|30.3.2020||On-lending via 14 banks*||Active|
|Working Capital for Wood Processing and Furniture Production||220||Interest rate |
on HBOR’s share
|19.5.2020||On-lending via 14 banks*||Active|
|Working Capital through Framework for Banks||1,200||Interest rate |
reduced by 0.75 pp
|22.5.2020||On-lending via 8 banks**||Active|
|Working Capital for Rural Development||130||Interest rate |
|Working Capital for Tourism Industry||600||Interest rate |
|15.4.2020||Direct lending||Applications received until
|Insurance of Loan Portfolio||5,561||Insurance of 50% of the approved loan amount||8.4.2020||Via 13 banks***||Active|
Moratorium on existing obligations
HBOR has enabled its clients who have been granted a direct loan, a moratorium of 7 to up to 16 months:
- up to 7 months, i.e. until 30 September 2020 – for all clients,
- up to 10 months, i.e. until 31 December 2020 – for clients with positive COVID score according to FINA (Financial Agency) methodology (or those who otherwise prove a fall in the level of income),
- up to 16 months, i.e. until 30 June 2021 – for clients active in the tourism industry.
The borrowers, to whom loans under HBOR’s loan programmes have been granted through commercial banks, have to submit their moratorium applications to the commercial banks through which loans have been on-lent to them. HBOR is willing to support any moratorium application submitted by clients to whom loans under HBOR’s loan programmes have been approved through commercial banks or under risk-sharing models.
Rescheduling of loan obligations
Beneficiaries of HBOR loans will be provided rescheduling of existing loan obligations with a grace period introduced in the loan principal repayment. Each client will individually negotiate rescheduling of its obligations according to its repayment potential.
This measure will be available to all beneficiaries of HBOR loans, regardless of whether the loan was granted directly or via commercial banks.
Clients will submit their applications for rescheduling of loans either to their commercial banks or HBOR, depending on the manner of approval of existing loan.
New loans for liquidity
Entrepreneurs are also provided favourable HBOR funds for financing their liquidity, which are approved in cooperation with commercial banks or directly to entrepreneurs in certain activities.
Half of the loan at an interest rate of 0% or a rate reduced by 0.75 p. p.
Entrepreneurs can apply for working capital loans via banks under the risk-sharing model with banks (loan programmes Working Capital COVID-19 Measure and Working Capital for Entrepreneurs in Wood Processing and Furniture Production Industry) and through framework loans to banks. Funds under the risk sharing model are approved at an interest rate from 0% on HBOR’s half of the loan, and liquidity loans based on framework loans to banks at an interest rate lower by 0.75 p. p. than the regular one.
Working capital loans at an interest rate of 0.5%
Working Capital Loans for Rural Development are approved directly by HBOR, as well as loans for entrepreneurs from the tourism industry for which applications were received by 5 June 2020. By that date, HBOR received a total of 556 applications, many of them having been approved already.
Insurance of 50% of the amount of principle and interest
Besides favourable loans, HBOR has launched a new loan portfolio insurance programme for exporters’ liquidity. This programme facilitates and accelerates the granting of new funds for maintaining the liquidity of exporters and indirect exporters as HBOR insures 50% of the amount of principal and interest of approved loans included by the banks into the portfolio.
In cooperation with other domestic and foreign institutions, HBOR also works actively on adopting other measures.