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EUR 5 million unsecured multicurrency (EUR or RON) loan to Agricover Credit IFN SA under the Resilience Framework.
The project will strengthen the company's funding position and will allow it to: i) pursue growth strategy aimed at assisting smaller farmers; ii) continue providing support to agri-business SME clients and thus reduce the risk profile of the end-borrowers. The EBRD financing will provide Agricover Credit IFN with additional comfort supporting its lending plan to the agribusiness SMEs in Romania.
ETI score: 60
The project contributes to the objectives of the Resilience Framework, supporting the "competitive" and "resilient" transition qualities.
- Resilient: The client retains solvency and remains an active and effective market player.
- Competitive: Evolution of the client's new commercial lending at least in line with the market and comparable players.
AGRICOVER CREDIT IFN SA
Agricover Credit IFN is an existing EBRD client. The company was established in Romania in June 2008 as a non-banking financial institution specialised in financing of the local agricultural sector. Its major shareholder is Agricover Holding SA (99.999%; the Group), a leading player in the Romanian agricultural sector. The Group is ultimately controlled by its founder, Mr. Jabbar Kanani. In late 2017, EBRD injected RON 32 million (EUR 7 million equivalent) in the Group's capital for 12.7% stake and in 2018 approved the first loan to Agricover Credit IFN (EUR 15 million in RON equivalent, in two tranches).
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior unsecured multi-currency (EUR or RON) credit facility of EUR 5 million.
Total Project Cost
Sources Total: EUR 5,000,000
EBRD financing: EUR 5,000,000
EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions amid the Covid-19 crisis. The client will facilitate farmers' access to funding sources and will be available to support more farmers if competitors are no longer able to continue servicing them as a result of and amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Agricover Credit IFN has an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) in place which meets the EBRD's environmental and social requirements under Performance Requirement (PR) 9 and compliance with PRs 2 and 4 was confirmed in the context of a previous transaction. The company ensures borrowers comply with the environmental and social national laws and regulations in force in Romania and have standard clauses in all loan agreements. Agricover Credit IFN will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's PR 2, 4 and 9, including adhering to the EBRD's extended Exclusion and new Referral List as updated under the Environmental and Social Policy 2019. The company will continue to submit annual environmental and social reports. The expected overall risk profile of the sub-projects is low to medium.
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The project was expected to strengthen Agricover Credit IFN's funding position and to allow it to: i) pursue growth strategy aimed at assisting smaller farmers; ii) continue providing support to agri-business SME clients and thus reduce the risk profile of the end-borrowers. The EBRD financing was intended to provide the company with additional comfort supporting its lending plan to the agribusiness SMEs in Romania in the extraordinary context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to help ACIFN remain liquid and operational ('Resilient') with continued commercial lending at least in line with the market and comparable players ('Competitive').
The client achieved its business objective and maintained a robust financial performance. ACIFN remained committed to continuing and even enhancing lending during the COVID-19 crisis in order to support creditworthy existing customers with increased liquidity as well as to offer repayment holidays/ extensions to eligible farmers under the national authorities' emergency measures.
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05 Jan 2023
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