Provision of a senior unsecured 7-year loan (the "loan") of up to EUR 10m-equivalent in Serbian dinars (RSD) to Coral SRB d.o.o to finance the expansion of Coral Group to the Serbian market through the development of the Shell brand gas station network, offering high quality fuels and lubricants. The loan will be guaranteed by Goral Group, a leading fuel retail company in Greece and 100% shareholder of Coral SRB.
The project will support the expansion of the fuel stations network to 30 gas stations by 2023 and the offering of premium quality fuels on the Serbian market. The project represents a good opportunity for the EBRD to support the cross-border expansion of a private operator to a new market, promoting higher industry standards and enhancing competition.
ETI score: 57
The Tracsition Ompact of the project is expected to derive from the "competitive" transition quality by supporting the expansion of a privately-owned regional company offering superior quality V-power fuel which is not available in the Serbian market. The project will also promote "resilience" through local currency financing which will help manage currency mismatches and contribute to promoting local currency lending in the country.
CORAL SRB DOO
The borrower is Coral SRB d.o.o. Beograd, a distribution and fuel trading company established in Serbia in 2017 with the aim to develop a network of retail stations in the country operating under the Shell brand.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The EBRD offers financing with a longer grace period and a back-loaded repayment profile that will help the company to match longer-term cash flows from assets acquired with debt repayment. The longer tenor financing, which is available in the market only limited, will also help the company to implement its expansion strategy to a new market. In addition, the EBRD offers a local currency loan, which will help the business to avoid an asset vs liability currency mismatch.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2014 ESP). The Environmental and Social (E&S) risks and impacts associated with the expansion of retail filling stations are site specific, can be readily assessed and avoided or mitigated through good design, management practices and targeted E&S actions.
Internal Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) was undertaken by ESD resources. This included a review of corporate standards of the company for operating retail filling stations by means of questionnaires. Supporting documents reviewed also included the company rulebook for managing safe operations, emergency plans relevant for all stations, contractor audit standards and fuel delivery procedures. The ESDD focused on corporate standards for the existing operations and also for the planned future expansion of the retail filing stations which may include both new constructions or the acquisition of existing stations.
The company currently operates four active retail filling stations in a well-regulated sector. Stations are periodically inspected by relevant authorities to ensure compliance and continued permission to operate under local license. National legislation in Serbia associated with the operation of retail filling stations are aligned with EU standards. The company operates under a well know global brand (Shell) through a licensing agreement. This requires the company to implement specific E&S management arrangements to ensure they meet brand performance requirements. These include performance monitoring, brand assurance and audit processes.
The company has developed an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management system to manage operations and although these systems are not yet certified, the company is currently working to complete certification as per respective ISOs. A dedicated Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Advisor has been appointed locally and operations are closely monitored by the parent company a well established operator in Greece. The company confirmed the EHS performance in Serbia contributes to the parent company's EHS performance scorecard. Human Resources are currently managed by the parent company in Greece with a Serbia focal point to coordinate and manage local issues. A majority of staff are employed through employment agencies and no formalised grievance mechanism in place. It was confirmed as operations increase the company plans to transfer all core staff into direct employment. All employees are provided with relevant EHS training, including managing the delivery of fuel products and dealing with all foreseeable emergency situations. All contractors are evaluated prior to engagement and must agree to the Shell General Business Principles which the company have adopted as core values and their operating philosophy. These eight principles cover E&S, and other core topics, and set expectations for all operations. Contractors are periodically audited to confirm compliance with these principles. The company have carried out the classification of hazardous areas for each retail filling station, and these are in line with ATEX 137 EU Directive. Emergency plans are in place for each retail filling stations to deal with all foreseeable emergency situations. The company confirmed the construction operation and maintenance of all storage tanks, and associated equipment, follow international standards and any local requirements. Each station undergoes planned preventative maintenance to manage pollution risks and includes periodical pressure testing and physical inspections of all below and above ground storage vessels to ensure integrity. All new construction sites will be subjected local environmental impact study.
The company has demonstrated good E&S management arrangements and the project has been structured to meet EBRD performance requirements. As operations increase in Serbia, the company will be required to continual review these arrangements and as necessary increase capacity and further develop E&S arrangements. Prior to the acquisitions of existing stations the company will required to assessed the E&S risks and impacts and identify any legacy issues prior to acquisition. A Project specific Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed and will be agreed and implemented by the client. Actions include, inter alia; to undertake ESDD on future acquisitions to ensure compliance with the EBRD E&S Policy (2014) requirement; further develop EHS management systems to align to international good practice as operations increase; periodically review and increase EHS capacity to ensure adequate organisational arrangements to manage risks; undertake an independent labour audit of the workforce in compliance to PR2 requirements and develop and implement a formal worker and operational grievance mechanism. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) will also be developed and implemented by the client and the project will be monitored through annual reporting and site visits as appropriate to confirm ESAP implementation progress and PR compliance.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
No Technical Cooperation assignments are envisaged as part of the Project.
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PSD last updated
29 Jun 2020
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