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The provision of a senior loan of up to EUR 10 million to Agricover SA, a locally owned leading distributor of agricultural inputs in Romania, for financing the working capital needs.
The project will support a private sector company in the agribusiness sector in Romania. It will enable Agricover SA, a distributor of agricultural technologies, to continue its growth strategy and finance potentially higher working capital needs triggered by the Covid-19 crisis.
ETI score: 75
The transition impact for this project is aligned with the Bank's Covid-19 Solidarity Package, which adopts a streamlined rating approach. The Project is proposed to safeguard the transition impact objectives of the previous transactions with the client: (i) support the expansion of the client's regional coverage and customer base, and (ii) improve standards of corporate governance and business conduct.
The present transaction will provide additional liquidity for working capital to sustain potentially a longer cash conversion cycle. The project will also support the company to continue to grow its customer base and enable it to provide better commercial credit terms to its clients, small and medium-sized farms.
Agricover SA is a leading distributor of agricultural technologies (crop protection products, certified seeds, plant nutrition and fuel) with operations at a national level in Romania. The major shareholder of Agricover SA is Agricover Holding SA (99.99%; the Group), a major player in the Romanian agricultural sector, offering agribusiness and financial services to farmers through an integrated business model.
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 share capital for a 12.7% stake and 2018 saw the approvalof the first loan to its financial subsidiary, Agricover Credit IFN (EUR 15 million, in RON equivalent, accessible in two tranches). Earlier this year, EBRD approved the second loan of EUR 5 million (in EUR or RON equivalent) to Agricover Credit IFN.
EBRD Finance Summary
Working capital facility of EUR 10 million.
Total Project Cost
Sources Total: EUR 10,000,000
EBRD financing: EUR 10,000,000
The financing from the EBRD bridges a financing gap and allows the client to continue its activities without major difficulties and have an appropriate liquidity buffer by sustaining potentially a longer cash conversion cycle resulted from the current Covid-19 crisis. The financing will support the extension of the payment period to customers, which will also support Agricover's clients.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B. The activities of Agricover SA are associated with a limited range of environmental and social (E&S) impacts. Agricover Group is an existing client of the Bank, through several projects, and its performance to date on the management of E&S issues has been largely satisfactory. Through the equity investment in the Group, a comprehensive Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) was agreed to cover E&S management, health and safety, pollution prevention, health and safety, and stakeholder engagement. Within each of the Group's subsidiaries, individuals have been nominated as holding responsibility for environmental, health & safety, and labour management and the Group has systems in place to ensure compliance with national requirements for environment, health & safety, and labour management. In light of some changes in the Group's activities, and the Covid-19 crisis, some adjustments to the ESAP will be required but this will be done in the context of the review of annual reporting on the equity investment and will continue to provide sufficient coverage of E&S issues for Agricover SA. No additional requirements will therefore be required for this specific project. Agricover SA will be required to continue to comply with the Bank's Performance Requirements and to provide the Bank with annual reporting of E&S issues.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
1B Pipera Blvd, Cubic Center Office Building, 6th Floor, Voluntari, County Ilfov, Romania, 077191
PSD last updated
26 Jun 2020
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