The provision of senior loans of up to EUR 59.67 million to Balfin MK Dooel, Delta M CG and Preduzece Delta City 67 d.o.o. (the "Borrowers"), three limited liability companies incorporated in FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia respectively. The Borrowers are fully owned by Hystead Limited, UK ("Hystead" or "Company") and own three retail and entertainment centres in their respective countries, namely Skopje City Mall, Delta City Podgorica and Delta City Belgrade. The loan is a part of a larger financing package to the Borrowers by EBRD and IFC.
Repayment of existing loans of the Borrowers which will result in an improved and more sustainable capital structure and financing upgrades and/or expansion of the retail assets.
ETI score: 61
The Transition Impact is expected to be achieved through the following sources:
Setting Standards: the Company will aim to certify the retail assets under an international sustainability scheme. The Company is an experienced operator of retail assets with an established commitment to sustainability, and may also contribute to transferring best practices in general (such as reporting and company-specific sustainability targets) to its new operations in SEE.
Skills Transfer: The Company will implement a training programme through its management team, building on its existing operations and training programmes in South Africa, and by setting up cooperation with local educational institutions to support their newly developing SEE operations.
PREDUZECE DELTA CITY 67 DOO
Hystead is owned by Hyprop Investments Limited ("Hyprop") (60%) and PDI Investment Holdings ("PDI") (40%). Hyprop is one of Africa's leading specialist shopping centre REITs listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. PDI is a Mauritius-registered investment company, with majority owned by Louis Norval, an independent non-executive director of Hyprop. The shareholders set up Hystead in order to expand their portfolios into SEE, which is in line with Hyprop's strategy to acquire or develop high-quality, income producing retail centres in emerging markets.
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Environmental and Social Summary
Categorized B (2014 ESP). The implementation of the Project involving operation and expansion works of the existing retail centres will result in limited and localised environmental impacts, which can be mitigated or prevented by adhering to good international construction practice and standard environmental and social risk management. The environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) for the project included a review of the completed Environmental and Social Questionnaire and desk-top study on Hystead & Hyprop, including Hyprop's 2016 Integrated Annual Report and IFC's environmental and social review information on the project (IFC carried out a site visit for the project in 2017).
The Bank's ESDD found that the client has adequate environmental and social risk management capacities to implement the project in accordance with the Bank's Performance Requirements (PRs). Hyprop, at the group level, is publicly committed to sustainability through the publication of its environmental performance in their integrated annual report, guided by the global reporting initiative and standards set by the FTSE4Good Emerging Index, of which Hyprop is a constituent. It aims at greater corporate transparency on environmental, social and governance considerations. Furthermore, the group is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa ("GBCSA") and has committed to manage and operate its property buildings in an environmentally sustainable way. The group's sustainability commitment and environmental and social risk management policy and procedures are to be transferred to the Project's specific retail centres expansion and operation by assigned qualified management teams. The retail centres have environmental management systems in place to address waste, energy and water consumption. The client has also carried out required environmental and social due diligence for each asset under the Project prior to the acquisition. The client will also monitor each retail centre's performance including environmental and social one in due course.
While the general contractor of the expansion work at the retail centre in Podgorica (Montenegro) has not yet been selected, the client will require it to have an environmental, health and safety risk management for the construction work through the contract.
With regard to HR and Health-and-Safety policies, the retail centres under the Project have recently been integrated into the Hyprop portfolio and are still in the process of integration. The strategy is to ensure that their HR and Health-and-Safety policies and procedures are in line with Hyprop's group policies; thereby ensuring that equal opportunities, non-discrimination and health-and-safety management is addressed in due course. Third-party suppliers are contractually required to have staff properly trained and equipped by Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
The retail centres under the Project are in environmental legal compliance and have implemented a variety of energy efficiency measures through the Project design and operational measures, through the use of Building Management System (BMS) including automatic control and optimization of the building's mechanical and electrical equipment work such as ventilation, lighting, power systems and managing of energy demand. In addition, the retail centre in Skopje has installed solar collectors of 36 solar panels for hot water supply. The retail centres' recycling effort is focused to separate collection of cardboard packaging, paper and plastic. These materials are collected and sold for recycling. Other general waste is removed by a contracted municipal company for further disposal at landfills. Hazardous waste is collected separately by a licensed company. Both EBRD and IFC are considering supporting the retail centres' energy and water use efficiency performance enhancement through technical assistance activities.
An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed to address adoption and implementation of the group-level sustainability policy at the Project and retail centre level, PR compliance at the expansion construction work, adoption of formal HR & Occupational Health-and-Safety policies at the retail centre level in line with the group's relevant policies in the area of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, career development and training, remuneration policy, an employee grievance mechanism and occupational health and safety. Furthermore, the ESAP includes Life and Fire Safety (L&FS) issues to undertake a risk-based review of the L&FS operational practices of the existing retail centres as well as to review Podgorica expansion's design and certify that the project complies with one internationally recognized L&FS codes such as U.S. NFPA as defined in EBRD PR 4 and the L&FS Section of the WBG General EHS Guidelines. Where gaps are identified, a life and fire safety corrective action plan will be developed and implemented in accordance with agreed timeline.
The Bank will monitor the Project's environmental and social performance including the status of the implementation of the ESAP by reviewing the annual environmental and social report as well as site visit if required and appropriate.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC with consultant support is provided under existing and approved Green Economy Transition TC Frameworks applicable for corporate projects and clients in Western Balkans. The consultant will conduct sustainability pre-certification assessment and identification and assessment of cost-effective opportunities in all three assets considered for the Project. In addition, the consultant will conduct a training to the Company's technical and facility management staff on practices leading to more resource efficient operation and on the formal sustainability certification.
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The Project supported three Borrowers, ran by an international shopping mall operator, in attaining a more sustainable capital structure through refinancing of existing bridge loans that were used for acquisition of the three retail assets in Western Balkans with long term loans. The Project contributed to an overall increase in competition of the sector and improved shopping experiences through the modernisation and upgrading of all three shopping malls.
The Project also ensured adherence to strict environmental, energy-efficiency and social standards as evidenced by the Borrowers having fully implemented their Environmental and Social Action Plans.
The Project's transition impact was achieved through the setting of standards in the market through a combination of (1) certification of the three retail assets' compliance with BREEAM international sustainability standards; and (2) contribution to youth inclusion through the development of in-house training programmes as well as through the establishment of cooperation with local educational institutions in Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia and development of educational modules related to sustainable building management.
PSD last updated
22 Jun 2022
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