MOSCOW Dec 25 Renaissance Credit, a mid-sized
Russian bank focused on consumer lending, has raised $100
million via a subordinated Eurobond issue maturing in 5-1/2
years, the bank said on Tuesday.
The bank, which issued the bonds at a yield of 13.5 percent,
plans to use proceeds to support its capital adequacy, a
financial cushion to absorb possible losses.
Russia in the midst of a retail lending boom, with banks
targeting consumers amid weak credit demand from corporate
borrowers. Rapid growth requires banks to increase their capital
ratios to meet a possible spike in unperforming loans.
Worried that retail lending growth running at a rate of over
30 percent may conceal bad loans, the central bank plans to
demand tougher provisions to guard against default in the
lowest-risk category of retail loans.
Last month, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's investment
company Onexim agreed to buy the half of Renaissance Capital it
did not already own, and take over Renaissance Credit from its
founder, New Zealander Stephen Jennings.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)