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GBI goes live with Five Degrees’ Matrix

GarantiBank International NV (GBI) has gone live with Five Degrees’ Matrix to improve customer experience and reduce operational costs. This is for its retail banking business, mainly centred on savings and deposits. The bank, part of the Spanish BBVA Group, is now considering adopting the solution for its German operations.

“It fits well within the digital transformation programme of the bank.”

“With this future proof infrastructure developed by Five Degrees, GBI intends to continue delivering innovative solutions and quality services to its customers in the Dutch savings market.”

In the Media:

Banking Technology: GarantiBank International NV live with Five Degrees’ Matrix system

Matrix is automating GBI’s middle office operations, combined with a front-end portal from another Dutch company, Iquality.

This part of the operation was previously fairly manual, says Ozgen Etker-Simons, Member of the Managing Board at GBI. The resultant “digitisation of all processes” has improved customer experience, from many aspects, including making it mobile friendly and adding responsive web interaction and easier account opening.

Holland Fintech: GarantiBank International NV implements Five Degrees Matrix solution

As of March 29th, 2017, GarantiBank International NV in the Netherlands has achieved successful live implementation of Five Degrees’ Matrix digitalisation infrastructure solution, which promises to reduce the banks’ operational costs and improve customer experience.

New General Banking Conditions

The revised General Banking Conditions published by Dutch Banking Association has come into force as of 1 March 2017.

Accordingly, our General Banking Terms and Conditions have been updated.

Our new logo! GarantiBank International N.V. is pleased to present its new logo which now includes “BBVA Group”

With this new logo, GarantiBank International N.V. (GBI) manifests that it is a proud member of BBVA Group that serves 70 million customers in 35 countries. Since BBVA became the ultimate parent on 27 July 2015, GBI has been constantly aligning its risk appetite and processes with those of BBVA and now it is high time to introduce our new logo to reflect this.

GBI is a mid-sized European bank offering simple products to its retail, corporate and institutional clientele. Being a member of BBVA Group, we aim to further embrace digital technologies and to provide a unique personable customer experience.

Moody's updates its credit opinion on GBI

On 1 December 2016, Moody's updated its credit opinion on GBI following their recent rating action confirming GBI's long-term deposit rating as A3.

Moody's Credit Opinion (1-Dec-2016)

Moody's confirms GBI's long-term deposit rating of A3

On 11 October 2016, Moody's Investors Service confirmed the long-term deposit ratings of GarantiBank International N.V. (GBI) at A3 with a negative outlook. Moody's has also confirmed the bank's baseline credit assessment (BCA) and adjusted BCA of baa2. Concurrently, Moody's affirmed the bank's short-term deposit ratings at Prime-2. The long-term and short-term Counterparty Risk (CR) assessments were confirmed at A2(cr) and Prime-1(cr).

Please see the related press release for more details.

Moody's updates its credit opinion on GBI

On 19 August 2016, Moody's updated its credit opinion on GBI following their recent rating action placing GBI's ratings under review for downgrade.

Moody's Credit Opinion (19-Aug-2016)

GBI raised €250 million syndicated loan. The agreement was signed on 20 June 2016.

GarantiBank International N.V. closes EUR 250 million syndicated borrowing facility

While celebrating its 25th anniversary in the Netherlands, Amsterdam-based GarantiBank International N.V. (“GBI”, “Bank”) has closed its annual dual-currency 364 daysyndicated borrowing facility (“Facility”) amounting to EUR 136 million and USD 127.5 million. The Facility, which was initially 35% over-subscribed, was then scaled back for Mandated Lead Arrangers (“MLAs”) by 20% and approximately 4.5% for EUR tranche and USD tranche respectively and closed at equivalent of EUR 250 million. The all-in yield of the Facility is 75 basis points over 3-months Libor for the  USD tranche MLAs and 60 basis points over 3-months Euribor for the EUR tranche MLAs.

41% of the funds were raised from Eurozone lenders while the share of non-Eurozone European Union lenders’ was 26.6%. North American lenders’ participation to the Facility was 23.8% and 8.6% was provided by Asian lenders. The agreement of the Facility was signed on 20-June-2016 and it was fully drawn on 27-Jun-2016. The Facility attracted 22 investors from 12 countries, with the participation of Wells Fargo Bank N.A., London Branch (Coordinator and the Documentation Agent), Standard Chartered Bank, Bayern LB (Facility Agent), Goldman Sachs International Bank, ING Bank Wholesale Banking, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and The Korea Development Bank, London Branch as the MLAs, Banca Transilvania SA, CITI and UniCredit Bank AG as the Lead Arrangers, and Rabobank, WGZ Bank AG Westdeutsche Genossenschafts-Zentralbank, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Filiale Luxemburg, Deutsche Bank AG London Branch, KBC Bank NV, Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited, Harbin Bank Co. LTD, National Bank of Canada, JSC Rietumu Banka, Bank of Montreal and Banco Popular Español S.A. as the Managers.

GBI is a customer-centric transaction banking provider offering value-adding financial solutions to its customers and counterparties worldwide in the areas of trade and commodity finance, private banking, treasury, and structured finance while maintaining multi-product relationships with local and global financial institutions around the world. The Bank’s main funding source is retail deposits collected in the Netherlands and Germany through conventional and digital banking channels. Being present in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Kiev and Istanbul, GBI operates under the direct supervisions of the European Central Bank and the Dutch Central Bank, and maintains a long term deposit rating of A3 by Moody’s. GBI’s sole shareholder is Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş., which is fully consolidated under Spain’s BBVA, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.

GBI has been the official sponsor of ITFA NERC Annual Spring Event in Amsterdam

International Trade and Forfaiting Association North European Regional Committee (ITFA NERC) Event was held on 12 May 2016 in Amsterdam with more than 110 participants from a total of 10 countries. This annual event brought together the global and regional financial institutions, insurance firms and the intermediaries engaged in international trade and forfaiting. Being one of the first  members of ITFA ( , GBI has been a leading market player in the facilitation of international trade by supporting exporters and other financial institutions in trade related products such as international payments, documentary credits and collections and trade related finance.

GBI presents its 2015 Annual Report and Pillar-III Disclosures.

Click here for access.

GBI’s Managing Board has three new members: Ms Özgen Etker-Simons, Mr Sertaç Kanan and Mr Övünç Şişman.

After starting her career at ABN AMRO, Mrs Etker-Simons (1968) joined GBI in 1992. Mrs Etker-Simons held several managerial positions within the organization before being appointed to her current position as the Executive Director of Treasury and Private Banking Divisions in 2001. From 2006 till 2014 she had also been responsible of Financial Institutions Division.  During her tenure, Mrs Etker-Simons has taken active roles at the Assets and Liabilities Committee, Management Committee and Credit Committee.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mr Kanan (1970) started his career at GBI’s Trade & Commodity Finance Division in 1996. After holding several managerial positions, Mr Kanan was appointed as the Executive Director of Credits Division in 2007  and has been a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee, Management Committee, Risk Management Committee, Credit Committee, Compliance Committee, Legal Committee and Product Approval Committee.  Mr Kanan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University, USA.

After holding several positions at risk management field in Ottoman Bank and Garanti Bank in Turkey, Mr Şişman (1977) joined GBI’s Credits Division in 2003. In 2006, Mr Şişman headed the Risk Management Department and in 2008 he led GBI’s efforts to become one of the few Dutch banks implementing the Basel-II capital accord under the “Internal Risk Based - Foundation” approach.  In 2011, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Risk Management, Control & Reporting Division.  Mr Şişman is a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee, Management Committee, Risk Management Committee and Product Approval Committee, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, a Master degree in Money, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. 

The Shareholders, the Members of the Supervisory Board and the new members of the Managing Board will ensure that GBI continues to be a trustful partner valuing its stakeholders and delivering satisfactory results in the years to come.

GBI's new CEO: Mr Erhan Zeyneloğlu

Following the Extraordinary Meeting of the Shareholders held on 21-August-2015, GBI announces the appointment of Mr S. Erhan Zeyneloğlu (1967) as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as Mr Bahadır Ateş (1963), the CEO and the member of the Managing Board since 2000, has decided after mutual agreement to resign from his roles on 30-September-2015. The appointment of Mr Zeyneloglu has also been approved by De Netherlandsche Bank (Dutch Central Bank).

Mr Zeyneloğlu began his career at Garanti Bank in Turkey. In 1995, he joined GBI and held various managerial positions at credit risk management functions before being appointed as the Executive Director of Credits Division in 2000. In 2007, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Structured Finance Division. In 2011, the Retail Banking Division was added to his responsibilities. During his tenure, Mr Zeyneloğlu has been a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee, Management Committee and Credit Committee and actively contributed to the Compliance Committee. Mr Zeyneloğlu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mr Ateş joined GBI at its foundation in 1990 and held various senior positions covering credits, operations and front office functions before he was appointed as the CEO and the member of the Managing Board in 2000. Under his successful leadership, GBI grew prudently and profitably, attained investment grade credit rating, the shareholder’s equity grew by more than three-folds and GBI has become a customer-centric transaction banking institution offering solid international expertise and seamless execution in trade finance, private banking, structured finance and retail deposit banking while complying with the fundamental changes in the regulatory environment.

After a successful international banking career, Mr Marc Padberg (1954), currently holding the Managing Director and member of the Managing Board positions, has decided after mutual agreement to also step down from his roles to be effective during the first quarter of 2016.  Before joining GBI in 1993 as the Managing Director, Mr Padberg held various senior domestic and international positions at ABN Bank and was a member of the Management Team of Banque Paribas Nederland. Mr Padberg significantly contributed to the evolution of GBI towards becoming a truly international financial institution and guided and managed GBI successfully to the strong current position. Mr Padberg’s successor will be announced at a later time.

In combination to these changes, the Managing Board of GBI will also evolve to a structure reflecting that of the subsidiaries of BBVA, GBI’s ultimate parent.

The Shareholders and the Members of the Supervisory Board thank to Mr Ateş and Mr Padberg for their invaluable leadership and harmonious contributions throughout the years and trust Mr Zeyneloğlu’s leadership for moving GBI further along delivering satisfactory results to its stakeholders in the years to come.

Moody's has published a new Credit Opinion on GBI affirming our LT deposit rating of A3.

On 28 August 2015, Moody's updated its credit opinion based on GBI's YE-2014 financials affirming our long-term deposit rating of A3.

Moody's Credit Opinion (28-Aug-2015)

BBVA has increased its shares in our parent Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. (Garanti) to 39.9% and became the controlling shareholder of Garanti.

The transfer process of an additional 14.89% share in Garanti Bank owned by Doğuş Holding to BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) was officially completed as of 27-July-2015. After the transfer, BBVA share in Garanti reached to 39.9%, while Doğuş Holding had 10%. In accordance with the partnership agreement signed by Garanti and BBVA, The Board of Directors of Garanti will continue to have 10 members including the CEO. 7 out of 10 members will be determined by BBVA, and 2 members by Doğuş Group. The 10th member that would be assigned as the independent member of the Board of Directors will be selected among the candidates to be determined by the parties. In effect, Garanti (and thus all its subsidiaries including GarantiBank International N.V.) will be fully consolidated under BBVA financial statements.  Kindly visit Garanti and BBVA websites for official announcements.

GBI raised €233 million Syndicated Loan. The agreement was signed in Amsterdam on 26 June 2015.

We are pleased to announce the successful closing of our new syndication in Amsterdam on Friday, 26th June 2015. The related press release is below:

Amsterdam based GarantiBank International N.V. (GBI) has closed its dual-currency 360 days syndicated borrowing facility with EUR 177.5m and USD 62.5m. The facility is 16% over-subscribed and pays all-in 65 bps over 3-month Libor/Euribor. The all-in cost of the facility is 25 bps lower than last year’s facility. Wells Fargo (co-ordinator and the documentation agent), Bayern LB (facility agent), Standard Chartered, ING and Goldman Sachs are the mandated lead arrangers.

When the deal was in the market, GBI’s long-term deposit rating as assigned by Moody’s was Baa2. Soon after the syndication was closed, Moody’s announced the upgrade of GBI’s long-term deposit rating by two notches to A3 and further assigned A2/P-1 as counterparty ratings for long-term and short-term.

GBI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of T. Garanti Bankasi A.S., operates under the supervision of the Dutch Central Bank since 1990 and originates business through its front offices focused on trade and commodity finance, private banking, treasury products, financial institutions and investor relations, structured finance and retail banking.

Moody’s upgrades GBI’s long term deposit rating by two notches to A3 with negative outlook and assigns counterparty risk assessment of A2(cr)/P-1(cr) for long and short term.

Moody’s Investors Service in its press release dated 24-June-2015 on “Rating Action: Moody’s concludes review on four Dutch banks’ ratings” has published its rating upgrade action on GBI. Accordingly:

Moody's affirmed GBI's BCA and adjusted BCA at baa2, reflecting the bank's (1) solid capitalization; (2) diversified trade-finance activities, which affords good profitability; (3) sound liquidity and solid deposit funding base; and (4) moderate asset quality.  Additionally, GBI's ratings reflect (1) high credit risk concentrations and cross-border risk caused by the geographical imbalance between foreign assets and domestic liabilities; and (2) the bank's focus on trade finance, corporate finance and treasury revenues, which Moody's regards as a more volatile income source.

Moody's upgraded GBI's long-term deposit rating to A3 from Baa2 and assigned a negative outlook to the rating.  This results from (1) GBI's adjusted BCA of baa2; and (2) two notches of LGF uplift given the bank's large volume of junior deposits and significant volumes of senior debt and subordinated debt, reflecting a very low loss-given failure rate expected for the bank's deposits. The negative outlook on the A3 long-term deposit rating is driven by the negative outlook on GBI's parent Turkiye Garanti Bankasi AS (TGB; long-term deposit/senior unsecured ratings Baa3 negative, BCA ba1), as a lowering of TGB's BCA would likely trigger a lowering of GBI's BCA and long-term deposit ratings.

Concurrently, Moody's assigned a long and short-term Counterpart Risk (CR) Assessment of A2(cr)/Prime-1(cr) to GBI.

Moody’s further explains CR Assessment as follows:

CR Assessments are opinions of how counterparty obligations are likely to be treated if a bank fails, and are distinct from debt and deposit ratings in that they (1) consider only the risk of default rather than the likelihood of default and the expected financial loss incurred in the event of default and (2) apply to counterparty obligations and contractual commitments rather than debt or deposit instruments.

The CR Assessment is an opinion of the counterparty risk related to a bank's covered bonds, contractual performance obligations (servicing), derivatives (e.g., swaps), letters of credit, guarantees and liquidity facilities.

Moody's CR Assessments for banks subject to a going-concern operational resolution regime, which includes all Dutch banks, start with the banks' adjusted BCA and use an advanced LGF approach that takes into account the volume of liabilities subordinated to counterparty obligations in the bank's liability structure as well as any assumption of government support.

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