Banks disburse HUF 472 bln of loans in phase II of Funding for Growth Scheme
Banks have so far disbursed HUF 472.3 bln of loans to SMEs using cheap credit available in the second phase of the National Bank of Hungary's Funding for Growth Scheme, fresh data released by the central bank show.
The data is for outlays between October of last year, when phase II was launched, and December 31.
Contracts signed under phase II totalled HUF 584.2 bln. The credit went to 13,813 businesses.
The central bank launched phase II of the scheme with an initial volume of HUF 500 bln. It raised the credit to HUF 1,000 bln a year later, in September. When it launched the phase, the MNB said that it could raise the amount available to as much as HUF 2,000 bln.
The MNB made HUF 750 bln of refinancing available to banks which lent a total of HUF 710 bln to SMEs in the first phase of the scheme in June-September 2013.
Under the scheme, the MNB provides zero-interest refinancing to banks which they can lend to SMEs at an APR not exceeding 2.5%.
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