An equity investment of up to EUR 20.0 million and a co-investment line in favour of the Enterprise Expansion Fund II Western Balkans ("ENEF II" or the "fund"), a compartment of the Enterprise Expansion and Impact Platform SA SICAV RAIF (the "platform"), a reserved alternative investment fund ("RAIF") to be registered in Luxembourg and supported by the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility ("WB EDIF" or "EDIF"). ENEF II will provide equity, quasi-equity and different types of debt financing to growing local SMEs and mid-caps in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The EBRD will serve as investment advisor to the fund.
ENEF II will continue the activities of the Enterprise Expansion Fund that was launched under the WB EDIF in 2014 and managed to invest in 16 companies by the end of its investment period in July 2020.
To fill the market gap for equity, quasi-equity and different types of debt financing to local SMEs and mid-caps in the Western Balkans and provide extensive pre- and post-investment support to the fund's investee companies, including on identifying and addressing Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") risk and opportunities.
ETI score: 67
The fund will contribute to the "resilient" transition quality by increasing the availability of equity and quasi-equity capital as an alternative source of funding and the "competitive" transition quality by supporting its investee companies in dealing with Environmental, Social and Governance risks and opportunities, among other forms of post-investment assistance.
Due to the co-investment arrangement between the fund and the EBRD, the transition impact of individual projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and additional transition qualities may be also targeted.
ENTERPRISE EXPANSION FUND II
The Enterprise Expansion Fund II Western Balkans will be set up as a compartment of the Enterprise Expansion and Impact Platform SA SICAV RAIF, a reserved alternative investment fund, which will be registered in Luxembourg as a corporation (societe anonyme) and administered by IQEQ, an Alternative Investment Fund Manager, regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. The minimum size of the compartment is set at EUR 40 million, the maximum size - at EUR 75 million. First closing is expected in Q4 2021.
EBRD Finance Summary
EBRD will subscribe to class A ordinary shares in the Fund (see below).
Total Project Cost
ENEF II will raise up to EUR 75 million of capital from the EBRD, the EC (through the EIF), other Development Finance Institutions and investors. The Fund will have two classes of ordinary share classes: a senior one (class A) for up to EUR 47.5 million and a subordinated one (class B) for up to EUR 27.5 million. The class B shares will provide first loss risk cover to the class A shares and will be subscribed to by the EIF (on behalf of the EC) and KfW.
The Bank's participation as an investor, co-investor and investment advisor is essential for ensuring the success of the fund. This is due to the lack of established fund managers covering the whole Western Balkans region as well as the limited interest of local financial institutions in participating in such funds. The extensive experience and presence on the ground of the EBRD allows to attract other investors and to structure a fund that can fill in the market gap and focus on delivering Environmental, Social and Governance impact and demonstration effects.
Environmental and Social Summary
The platform itself is treated as a framework project and hence no categorisation is assigned. Sub-projects will be categorised and appraised on a case-by-case basis. Independent environmental and social studies will be carried out when necessary, with assistance from external consultants, to fully understand all environmental and social related liabilities and risks associated with a company's operations, as well as to develop and agree an environmental and social action plan as required. The due diligence process will also be used to identify opportunities for environmental and social improvements and appropriate measurement metrics to track implementation of the agreed measures. Companies will be required to comply with the Bank's Performance Requirements including both national and EU standards for environment, health, safety and labour management and provide the Bank with an annual environmental report on environmental, health and safety issues.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
ENEF II will benefit from up to EUR 9 million of technical cooperation funding provided by the EC (EUR 7 million) and Italy (EUR 2 million) for the purposes of: a) Pre-investment support, including a systematic screening of the ESG profile of investee companies and potential material areas for improvements; b) Post-investment support, including the implementation of action plans covering material ESG issues; c) Business development and staffing; and d) Covering set-up costs.
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06 Oct 2021
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