The project consists of financing capital expenditures for the borrower's production facility (expansion of existing capacities in soybean concentrates production) in the amount of EUR 12m and refinancing of some of the borrower's loans in the amount of EUR 38m (the "project").
The main project objectives include positive operational and financial performance during implementation as well as on-time project implementation within budget.
ETI score: 68
Competitive: The project supports the expansion of the borrower's production capacity in higher value-added segments, which is expected to lead to significant competitiveness improvements and increased profitability.
Integrated: The project supports the further development of the borrower's sales and export capacities as well as the entry in new export markets.
SOJAPROTEIN AD BECEJ
Sojaprotein (the "Borrower") is Serbia's largest soybean processing company, engaged in the production of a wide assortment of soybean based products and ingredients, including concentrates, flour, grits, textured products, crude oil, and lecithin. The Borrower processes exclusively non-GMO oilseeds and exports its production globally, serving local and international clients in the food and feed sectors. Sojaprotein is a subsidiary of Victoria Group, a Serbian agribusiness group engaged in oilseeds and grain trading and processing and production of animal feed.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Financing Structure: The proposed long term financing, including a tailored repayment structure, is necessary to structure the project. The EBRD contributes to a restructuring package provided to the borrower alongside a commercial bank.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019) and Low-Medium Risk. Environmental and social due diligence for this project was undertaken in with the Bank's response to COVID-19 and was based on review of previous annual reporting to the Bank and documents and disclosures from the Borrower. The Borrower is well known to the Bank through previous projects proposed with both the Borrower and the Group and previous environmental and social due diligence undertaken. This confirmed that the Borrower's operations are in compliance with Serbian legislative requirements and that appropriate technical capacity is in place to allow the Borrower to manage the environmental, health and safety issues relevant to its business. The Borrower has published Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety, and Quality Policies and a Code of Conduct and is certified to a wide range of management systems including ISO 14001 (Environment), 9001 (Quality), 22000 (Food Safety) and 45001 (Health & Safety. The Borrower also has a written commitment to only utilise locally sourced, non-GMO soy, and has a certified traceability system in place to confirm this. The Code of Conduct covers all HR issues and confirms that Borrower's approach to be compliant with PR2. Given the above, no ESAP will be required for this project. The Borrower will be required to continue compliance with the Bank's PRs and provide annual E&S reporting in accordance with the Bank format.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Industrijska 121220 Becej, Serbia
PSD last updated
16 Sep 2020
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