EBRD and Raiffeisen Bank Aval improve efficiency of agribusiness in Ukraine

By Anton Usov

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Krolevets Feed Factory 

  • Up to US$8.5 million from Raiffeisen Bank Aval supported by EBRD’s Risk Sharing Facility
  • Acquisition of grain hoppers, and new trucks
  • Improved efficiency and decreased reliance on third-party railway service providers

The EBRD and Raiffeisen Bank Aval (RBA) are supporting the development of Ukraine’s agribusiness sector and unleash its potential.

In a joint transaction RBA is providing an up to US$8.5 million loan to Krolevets Feed Factory (KFF), while half of the risk on the loan will be shared by the EBRD under a Risk Sharing Facility signed between the financial institutions.

KFF will invest the funds in the acquisition of more than 100 grain hoppers, 13 new trucks with trailers and specialised equipment to improve the company’s operational efficiency and diversify its logistics operations. The funding will also facilitate the upgrade of the existing fleet of vehicles used for crop transportation.

Under the Risk Sharing Facility programme the EBRD will share the risk on individual loans made by Raiffeisen Bank Aval to businesses in the total amount of up to €20 million over a period of three years. The RSF will help increase the size and tenor of loans to businesses across the country.

The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. Since the start of its operations in the country in 1993, the Bank has made a cumulative commitment of almost €14.6 billion through 445 projects in the country.

Raiffeisen Bank Aval was founded in 1992. Since October 2005, it has been part of the Austrian banking group Raiffeisen Bank International AG. Raiffeisen Bank Aval offers a wide range of services to more than 2.5 million clients through its nationwide network.

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