The EBRD has provided senior loans of up to EUR 16 million to two companies within TeraPlast Group (the "Group"), to support the expansion of the Group steel segment business in Romania and the CEE region:
(i) Wetterbest SRL (former Depaco SRL): EUR 5 million for financing a new roof systems production and storage facility in Romania;
(ii) TeraSteel: EUR 11 million for the refinancing of the costs with setting-up the operations in Serbia for metallic sandwich panels production and developing the CEE presence of the company;
Support the expansion of TeraPlast Group steel segment business in Romania and CEE area and support work-based learning opportunities to local youth in Romania as well as improve Group's Corporate Governance.
ETI score: 72
This project will make a significant contribution to additional technological skills transfer via enhance its training offer in close collaboration with established local training providers to offer accredited dual learning and other work-based learning opportunities to local youth. The company also engaged to improve its Corporate Governance by implementing various measures directed at improving company's procedures, internal regulations and transparency.
TeraPlast Group is one of the leading manufacturers of materials for construction and installation markets in Romania, with production sites in two countries, Romania and Serbia. The production of the Group is structured in two main business lines: plastic division and steel division (which include metallic sandwich panel and metallic roofing activities).
EBRD Finance Summary
EBRD Finance Summary:
Wetterbest SRL: EUR 5,000,000
TeraSteel CEE: EUR 11,000,000
Total Project Cost
Total Project Cost:
Wetterbest SRL: EUR 9,200,000
TeraSteel CEE: EUR 19,400,000
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2014 ESP). The environmental and social issues associated with balance sheet refinancing and provision of capex addressing the expansion of TeraPlast Group's steel segment business in Romania and the CEE area can be readily identified and managed. Due diligence, carried out by ESD, focused on TeraPlast Group's existing management systems, current facilities and operations. An ESAP has been developed and agreed with the Company to ensure the project complies with the Bank's PRs.
The ESDD included a review of the E&S Questionnaire, the Company's policies and procedures, a site visit to the production facilities in Saratel and Bistrita and interviews with relevant management staff. Identified issues that need to be addressed include a lack of formal corporate grievance mechanism; inadequate on-site traffic and pedestrian management, and exceedance of permitted noise and dust limits in the Romanian industrial park; and outstanding environmental and other permits for the new facility, and it's inclusion in the existing IMS system of the Company.
As stated above, an ESAP has been developed, and agreed with the Company to address these issues. The specific measures include the inclusion of a new facility into the existing IMS; obtaining the required permits and development of a Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan for the new facility prior to construction; development of a Traffic Management Plan for the Romanian industrial park; bringing and maintaining the microclimate working conditions within permissible levels in all the Company's facilities; and the development of a formal corporate grievance mechanism.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+40 725 809 498
Saratel village, Sieu-Magherus commune, Bistrita-Nasaud county, DN 15A, km 45+500, 427301, Romania
The loans provided to Wetterbest SRL, Terasteel Serbia and Terasteel Slovakia were prepaid in full ahead of maturity, following the divestment of the steel business to Kingspan Group and ensuing change of control. Both Transition Impact objectives, namely 1) Inclusiveness and 2) Well Governed, were partially achieved. The Project received a TI score of 72 at approval, compared with 91 at the final TI monitoring.
The apprenticeship and training scheme was implemented and continues to be active despite the change of control. The effort has led to 120 trainees being recruited to the dual education vocational training programme, and will be awarded with a set of lifetime skills and accompanying certifications.
Regarding the Corporate Governance Action Plan, all of the agreed actions were implemented successfully and are set to benefit the group of companies in all future endeavours.
PSD last updated
08 Dec 2021
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