RF - JDE COVID Liquidity Facility

Location:

Jordan

Project number:

52165

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

26 May 2020

Status:

Cancelled

PSD disclosed:

18 May 2020

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

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.

The Project involves a senior unsecured revolving Working Capital Facility ("WCF"). The proceeds of the Bank's investment will be used to provide Jordan District Energy Company ("JDE") with short-term emergency liquidity support in the form of a WCF to help cover day-to day expenses such as payroll, electricity, and fuel due to a stretch in receivable collections.

Project Objectives

The Government of Jordan ordered a lockdown of the country from 21 March 2020 - 24 May 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has affected JDE's business, being the exclusive provider of heating and cooling services to the Abdali development area, as most tenants remain closed during the lockdown. Business is not expected to return to normal before July 2020, thus resulting in an increase in JDE's cash conversion cycle and liquidity needs.  

JDE's effort in tackling the impact of the COVID-19 so far have been concentrated on postponing payments. Despite these efforts, JDE is still expected to experience a cash shortfall throughout the year. The Bank's Resilience Framework is therefore crucial to help JDE overcome the temporary liquidity shortfall they are experiencing and to sustain its operations throughout the crisis until their customers return to business and collections of receivables improve.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 75

75

Client Information

JORDAN DISTRICT ENERGY COMPANY

JDE is an existing client that built and operates Jordan's first district energy plant, which provides exclusive cooling and heating services to Amman's new downtown area. 

EBRD Finance Summary

JOD 1,500,000.00

Total Project Cost

JOD 1,500,000.00

Additionality

EBRD financing is provided in the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis.  Specific triggers for the Enhanced Additionality Approach will not apply. 

Additionality sources

COVID-19 crisis response: EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions, the COVID-19 crisis.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019). Low Medium risk due to the use of ammonia for cooling and heating. JDE is an existing Client and previous ESDD (2014) and subsequent independent monitoring in 2017 identified that JDE has in place required containment measures for storage of ammonia as well as emergency plan for accidental release of ammonia. The Client submits detailed annual environmental and social reports along with the ESAP implementation report and a plan of actions for implementing recent audit findings. JDE has improved their E&S performance. Therefore, the ESDD for this transaction was based mainly upon most recent AESR and the recent audit report plus a questionnaire.  The ESDD identified that the JDE has in place a robust business continuity plan and follows strict procedures related to containment of COVID-19 pandemic in line with WHO and national regulations. Current situation related to COVID-19 restrictions will not have any adverse impacts on implementation of the previously agreed ESAP and general compliance with EBRD environmental and social requirements. Adequate HSE resources are in place and there will be no retrenchment of personnel. The Bank will continue monitoring the E&S performance of the Client and their compliance with the Performance Requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A

Company Contact Information

Laith Bani Hani
lbanihani@jde.jo
+962 78 930 0009

PSD last updated

01 Jun 2020

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