This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
Proposed transaction is a senior secured loan of up to AZN 6mn (EUR 3.3mn) equivalent (the "Loan") to Unimetal LLC ("Unimetal" or the "Borrower"), one of the leading producers and traders of the construction materials in Azerbaijan. The Bank will support the Unimetal to address the impact of COVID-19 on its operations and financial performance. The loan is composed of AZN 2.125mn committed and AZN 3.875mn uncommitted tranches.
The Loan will provide the Unimetal with necessary liquidity and working capital buffer to support its operations under the adverse market conditions due to COVID-19 impact. The committed tranche (AZN 2.125mn) will be used to refinance the principal repayment needs under the existing EBRD loan. The uncommitted tranche (AZN 3.875mn) will help the borrower adress the liquidity gap during the post-lockdown recovery period.
ETI score: 60
Transition Impact: Good
The aim of this operation is to safeguard the transition impact that has been achieved as part of the existing project with the borrower under the DFF SME framework. The existing project targets the "Competitive" and "Well-governed" qualities through:
(i) improved management structures and change of strategic orientation of the company (Competitive); and
(ii) improved financial management and reporting practices (Well-governed).
Unimetal is one of the leading producers and traders of metal building materials in Azerbaijan. Established as a trading company, Unimetal has gradually moved to production of a wide range of metal products for the construction sector.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
EBRD financing is provided in the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis and effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). Unimetal is an existing client and is satisfactorily implementing the Bank's E&S requirements. E&S risks and impacts associated with the use of proceeds are limited and relate to existing operations. E&S due diligence adopted ESD's ESDD approach to COVID-19 and included a review of annual reports and the existing ESAP as well as follow up questions to the company. The company has robust framework in place for managing E&S issues and risks associated with its activities and has applied this to managing health and safety risks associated with COVID-19. The Company has to date avoided worker retrenchment. It is considering various options including reduced working hours, potential temporary salary reductions, unpaid leave and government support schemes to avoid/reduce future retrenchment. Any retrenchment will need to be conducted in line with EBRD's PR2. The current ESAP is appropriate for this transaction and specific actions related to worker retrenchment will be included in the financing documentation.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Legal works TC to support the preparation of legal documents and undertake legal due diligence of the Borrower. Total costs are estimated at ca EUR 24,000 and will be funded through donor or Bank budget.
Company Contact Information
AZ1029, Baku city, N.Narimovanov district, Z. Bunyadov avenue 122A
PSD last updated
28 May 2020
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