The Bank invested € 72 million in the bond issue of the regional food retailer Maxima Grupe UAB ("Maxima", "Company" or the "Issuer"). The total size of the issue is € 240 million with a 5-year maturity.
The proceeds from the bond issue used to refinance the existing maturing bond.
ETI score: 65
The project was approved under the Resilience and Livelihoods Framework, with the sources of transition impact stemming from resilient and inclusive qualities.
Under the Resilient quality, the EBRD supported the client to access funding from capital markets at times of uncertainty. Under the Inclusive quality, the client will help Ukrainian refugees through re-skilling programmes and integration support, ultimately widening economic opportunities through employment.
MAXIMA GRUPE UAB
Maxima Grupe UAB is a regional food retail chain and the owner of the Maxima retail chain in the Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the Stokrotka chain in Poland, the T-Market chain in Bulgaria and e-grocer Barbora.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The EBRD's participation provided support for the issuance, comfort and institutional credibility to other investors in the bond issuance at the times of significantly constrained access to capital markets with both local and international investors tightening their appetite in the region due to ongoing war on Ukraine. The Bank's non-financial additionality is also expected to stem from planned technical cooperation support to the Company aimed to develop appropriate (child) care solutions which will support both host and refugee parents population.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). Environmental and social due diligence for this Project was based on information provided in the context of the first project with the Company and annual reporting provided subsequently. The Company has a number of policies and procedures in place for the management of environmental, social, quality and supply chain issues including international management standards such as ISO14001 and ISO50001. National law and EU requirements are being met across all operations. The Social Accountability (SA8000) and Corporate Responsibility (AA1000) standards are currently being implemented. The Company operates a bespoke system for management of health and safety and reporting provided to date demonstrates that the Company has a clear understanding of key health and safety issues and monitors incidents and accidents in detail. At the time of approval of the first project with the Company, an environmental and social action plan was agreed covering two points - membership of the UN Global Compact and development of a GRI compliant sustainability report. The Company has completed its application for membership of the Global Compact as agreed and released its first stand-alone Corporate Social Responsibility Report covering the year 2020. The Company will be required to continue to comply with the Bank's PR's, and provide annual E&S reporting to the Bank. Given the nature of the Project no PA assessment was required and given the diversified nature of the Company's facilities, the PC Score is 1.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The EBRD will involve an external consultant which will support the client to improve existing and develop new HR and workforce management policies and practices alongside the client, and will develop appropriate childcare solutions, both of which will support the better workforce integration of Ukrainian refugees.
Company Contact Information
+370 659 32921
Savanoriu ave. 5, LT-03116, Vilnius, Lithuania
PSD last updated
12 Jul 2022
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