An equity investment of EUR 11.8 million in the initial public offering ("IPO") of Enefit Green AS ("Enefit Green", the "company"), a renewable energy company in the Baltic region. The EBRD's subscription accounted for 6.7% of the shares newly issued in the IPO, equivalent to 1.5% of the company's total stake. The company's shares have been listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange and included in the NASDAQ Baltics Main List as of 21 October 2021.
The objective is to support the listing of a first pure-play renewable energy company in the Baltic countries and to contribute to local capital market development. The proceeds of the IPO will be used to finance the company's development of renewable energy projects in the Baltic countries and in Poland.
ETI score: 64
Transition impact stems from two qualities: Green and Resilient.
The operation will deliver climate mitigation benefits through new green investments (Green). In addition, the operation will also make an important contribution to the development of local equity capital markets, a key objective for the Bank in the Baltic countries (Resilient).
ENEFIT GREEN AS
Enefit Green is a renewable energy subsidiary of Eesti Energia AS ("Eesti"), an Estonian integrated energy utility company. Eesti established the company in 2016 as its dedicated renewables subsidiary. The company enlarged its scale by acquiring Nelja Energia, the Baltics -based local renewables developer in 2018 and a solar portfolio in Poland in 2019. The company produces electricity primarily from wind, as well as municipal waste, biomass, and solar in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Enefit Green currently operates 457 MWe of total capacity of electricity generation, as well as 81 MWth thermal capacity of heat production. In addition, the company has a significant and sizable near-term and long-term pipeline for greenfield renewables in the Baltics, Poland and Finland.
EBRD Finance Summary
4,073,277 common shares
Total Project Cost
IPO size: EUR 175,000,000
The Bank's financing provides a valuable signal to the market, supports the transaction as a key anchor investor, enhances the corporate governance and facilitates a successful placement.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The proceeds of the Bank's investment in equity through the IPO will be used for energy efficiency measures and support future renewable energy projects, notably greenfield wind in the Baltic countries and Poland. In line with capital market transaction rules, the Bank's environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) was undertaken by ESD specialists based on a review of publicly available documents, questionnaires and discussions with the Company's EHS management. The due diligence was also undertaken in accordance with Covid-19 guidance for ESDD. The Bank has provided financing to the Company in the past, and the Company has been implementing the ESAP (Environmental and Social Action Plan) requirements on time. Annual monitoring reports confirm that the Company is in compliance with the Bank's PRs and has been developing corporate sustainability reporting. An adequate assessment of environmental and social risks and impacts of this Project in accordance with the Bank's 2019 ESP was carried out for this transaction, however, there might be a need for additional monitoring and site visits once travel is possible.
The Bank's ESDD included a corporate audit as well as a review of the planned capex investments. Enefit Green has a dedicated EHS management team, which is developing corporate EHS management systems and has the institutional capacity to implement the Bank's PRs. Based on the current ESDD results, the ESAP was updated and agreed with the Company in principal to structure the Project to meet the Bank's PRs. Due to the equity nature of the investment, the PRs and ESAP apply to all of the Client's operations. Additionally, the ESAP includes a requirement to strengthen non-financial reporting in line with best practices and EU law and associated guidance on climate related information. The Company commits to implement TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) and report in line with the recommendations by 2023. In terms of future solar development, the Company will implement a procurement policy to ensure that the supply chains includes a review for sustainability issues as well as human rights in compliance with the EU guidance on human rights and supply chains. The EBRD proceeds will not be used for any Category A projects and the Company will not invest in any coal or gas fired units in the future. Any future projects will be screened in line with EBRD requirements and any information published in line with national, EU and the Bank's requirements. The review of the current renewable portfolio, inclusive of the greenfield wind farms in Lithuania, confirmed that none of the assets are located in Natura 2000 areas. The Bank will monitor the Company's performance through reviewing annual reports prepared by the Company and site visits as deemed necessary.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+372 5668 1568
Lelle 22, 11318 Tallinn
PSD last updated
09 Nov 2021
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