The provision of a senior loan of up to US$ 2.7 million to support the expansion of a strawberry greenhouse owned by ES Hilli Gaplama, a limited liability company registered in Turkmenistan. The increased greenhouse will annually yield 300 tonnes of berries vs. 58 tonnes, which are expected to be harvested in 2020. The Project will be implemented in two phases.
The project will enable ES Hilli Gaplama to increase its output, improve its operational efficiencies and increase its market share.
ETI score: 80
The DFF SME framework primarily targets the Competitive quality by helping SMEs to restructure and to become more efficient or professional. Sub-projects can target any of the other transition qualities as the secondary objective. The majority of projects typically support the Well-governed quality by helping companies improve their financial management, or the Green quality by facilitating energy efficiency or environmental improvements.
HILLI GAPLAMA ES
ES Hilli Gaplama (the Company), a limited liability company registered in Turkmenistan. It is part of a group, which includes ES Ter Onum ("Ter Onum") and three entrepreneurs: B. Ravshanov, D. Ballyev and D. Garayev (referred to as "the Group"). The Group is a food supply chain that focuses on perishable fresh produce (vegetables, fruits, berries) and non-perishable products (grain, nuts and snacks).
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior secured loan of up to US$ 2.7 m (the Loan) to the Company, divided into committed tranche of US$ 1.7m million (Tranche 1) and uncommitted tranche of US$ 1.0 million (Tranche 2) to finance the phased expansion of the greenhouse. Commitment of Tranche 2 will be subject to completion of Phase 1 of the Project, is at sole discretion of the Bank and is delegated to Management.
Total Project Cost
1. Financing structure: The EBRD offers financing that is not available from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, e.g. a longer grace period that is rarely available in the market, restricted financing in foreign currency etc. The local banks (1) are not able to offer US$-denominated loans; t (2) rarely provide loans with a tenor longer than 3 years and (3) tend not to allow grace periods.
2. Risk mitigation: The EBRD provides comfort to clients and investors by mitigating non-financial risks, such as country, regulatory, project or economic cycle risks.
3. Standard-setting: helping projects and clients achieve higher standards: Client seeks/makes use of the EBRD expertise over energy and resource efficiency and climate resilience financing via provision of energy and climate audits, minimum performance standards of technologies, climate related strategies and policies, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems etc.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). The installation and operation of hydroponic greenhouse is associated with a number of environmental and social (E&S) issues although these can be readily addressed through standard mitigation measures. ESD notes that hydroponic greenhouses have a number of advantages over conventional methods of agriculture particularly in terms of water savings. E&S due diligence included the completion of a questionnaire by the Company and a selection of follow up questions to clarify key issues. The Company has also participated in a TC-funded health and safety project which included site visit by third party H&S experts and the development of a dedicated H&S action plan. Due diligence has confirmed that the Company has adequate staffing and procedures in place to manage E&S issues in accordance with national requirements and the Bank's PRs. The Company will be required to comply with the agreed action plan and the Bank's PRs and report annually on E&S issues.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
(1) Financial due diligence (DD): EUR13.3K; EU IFCA via the EBRD ASB; (2) Legal DD: EUR 1.5K; SME Finance Facility for Central Asia, Phase 2/Special Shareholder Fund ("SSF"); (3) Technical DD: €6.500; SME Finance Facility for Central Asia, Phase 2/SSF. The Company will cover 25 per cent of costs. (3) Green international advisory: €90.000 to improve the organisation and sales, introduce innovative approaches, identify technologies/practices to reduce the environmental footprint; EU IFCA via the EBRD ASB and the EBRD Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC). Client contribution: 10 per cent. (4) Investment Grants (Non-TC): Support from the FINTECC; the GEF, SSF and the EU for US$300.000 (FINTECC with US$1.2 million headroom available out of US$ 1.3 million allocation for climate adaptation technology projects in the ETC. 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.
Company Contact Information
79 Beyik Saparmyrat Turkmenbashy Shayoly, 744000 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
PSD last updated
02 Dec 2020
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