RF - Mila

Location:

Belarus

Project number:

52180

Business sector:

Manufacturing and Services

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

09 Jun 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

06 Aug 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

The provision of a senior secured loan of up to €8 million to support the Bel Parfum Distribution Group's (the Group) working capital needs and ensure uninterrupted operations in an environment impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Project Objectives

The proposed facility aims to ensure adequate liquidity for the Group during a period where its operations will likely be affected by falling demand, higher costs and increased operational risks. The proceeds will be used for working capital purposes to support liquidity of the Group as well as to facilitate the completion of the ongoing 2020-21 capital expenditure programme, which includes the construction and equipment of a warehouse. This will allow the Group to achieve the targets set in the original equity deal and therefore safeguard the Bank investment and corresponding transition objectives.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 88

The TI of the project under the Resilience Framework is aligned with the original equity transaction (OpID 49139) and is expected to be derived from the Well-governed and Competitive qualities through the implementation of a CGAP and operational restructuring plan to enable the Group to improve its operational performance.

Client Information

PARFUM TRADE LLC

Bel Parfum Distribution Group is engaged in retail and wholesale trade of personal care and household goods in the Republic of Belarus. The Group operates a chain of more than 500 specialised stores under the brand Mila.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 8,000,000.00

A senior secured loan of up to €8 million to Parfum Trade LLC and Parfum Logistic LLC ('co-Borrowers'). The co-Borrowers are part of the Bel Parfum Distribution Group, an existing equity client of the EBRD.

Total Project Cost

EUR 8,000,000.00

Total Project cost is €8 million.

Additionality

The 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: the EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  

Additionality Description Obtaining working capital financing, in particular unsecured funds, from local lenders at short notice is currently difficult for Belarusian corporates operating in sectors particularly susceptible to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Group.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019), Low Medium risk based on personal care and household goods distribution and retail sector and Company's capacity to carry out its operations in line with the EBRD PRS. The ESDD for this project was carried out in line with COVID 19 approach and was based on ESDD carried out in 2018 for the previous transaction (DTM 49139) and review of provided AESR for 2019 with ESAP compliance status.

The ESDD has confirmed that the Company has established ESH capacities at satisfactory level and manages its operations in stores, warehouses and distribution centres in line with established internal EHS procedures, implemented ISO 9001 quality management systems and in compliance with national laws. The Company demonstrates sufficient progress in implementing the ESAP agreed in 2019, with only a few items delayed due to the COVID19 disruptions. There were adequate traffic safety measures implemented specific to the warehouses operations, and training of the drivers on road safety. There are a number of resource efficiency measures in place, namely use of replaceable delivery containers to the stores and recycling of packaging materials. The ESDD confirmed that the existing ESAP is adequate and does not need to be updated for this RF transaction. The Bank will monitor the Project and the ESAP implementation through review of Annual E&S Reports and site visits as required.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None

Company Contact Information

Natalia Chaiko
chaiko_n@tps.by
+ 375 29 324 80 42

PSD last updated

06 Aug 2020

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