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 COVID19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
The EBRD provides a senior debt financing to TPay Mobile FZ LLC ("TPay") for the acquisition of a Turkish fintech company namely Trend Odeme Kurulusu A.S. ("Payguru"). The project is consistent with the Bank's Strategy for Turkey (BDS/TU/19-01F) and the Bank's ICT Sector Strategy (BDS19-224/F).
The acquisiton will support the TPay's expansion in Turkey. Payguru is predominantly a mobile payment provider but operates also as a payments' transfer platform.
The SME Direct Finance Framework (DFF SME) primarily targets the "Competitive" quality by helping SMEs to restructure and become more efficient or professional. Sub-projects can target any of the other transition qualities as the secondary objective. This Project contributes to the "Competitive" and "Well-governed" qualities.
TPAY MOBILE FZ LLC
TPay Mobile FZ LLC is a direct carrier billing provider operating in the MENA region. TPay acts as the consolidating entity of the Group, which operates in 16+ countries, predominantly in Egypt and UAE (including six EBRD countries of operation) via 34+ telecom operators through partnerships with 160+ merchants.TPay is majority owned (76 per cent) by Helios Investment Partners LLP, A15 Holding B.V. (18.5 per cent) and its management and directors (5.5 per cent).
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Financing structure - Small and asset-light companies usually have limited access to reasonable financing terms, whereas the EBRD provides a reasonable structure allowing the Company enough flexibility in terms of cash management.
Risk mitigation - There is a strong signalling effect that the EBRD's presence sends to existing and potential clients in the ICT sector and will serve as a risk mitigating factor against regulatory and/or political risks.
Standard Setting - The Company already significantly benefits from the EBRD expertise in structuring and covenants negotiation. This will formalise the Company's financial forecast planning with regards to defining key performance indicators.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised C under the 2014 Environmental and Social Policy. The Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) has been carried out based on EBRD Environment and Sustainability Department's review of the completed Environmental and Social (E&S) Questionnaire and follow up with the client. The ESDD confirmed that E&S issues associated with TPay's acquisition of Payguru are limited. The company has human resources and occupational health and safety policies in compliance with national law and in line with EBRD Performance Requrement (PR) 2 and PR 4. The project is not associated with labour restructuring associated with the acquisition. The client is required to ensure that the project complies with EBRD PRs as well as to submit an annual environmental and social report to the Bank. The project has no component relating to the Green Economy Transition.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
PSD last updated
29 Sep 2020
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