The provision of a secured loan of up to €5 million to VMG Industry FLLC.
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 loan will bridge a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions related to the COVID-19 crisis. The loan will be used for working capital purposes and will compensate limited availability of medium-term working capital financing from local commercial banks.This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The loan will be used for working capital purposes
ETI score: 63
The goal of this COVID-19 response financing is to preserve the TI gains achieved under the latest project with this client.
The latest operation with VMG Industry FLLC was VMG Mogilev (DTM 49912). The project was approved with ETI of 60 and set the following TI objectives:
- Competitive: (i) The project supports large operational restructuring of the investee company resulting in significant efficiency gains and greater profitability; and (ii) a significant number of staff will be trained incrementally on a regular basis as a result of the project.
Progress to date: According to the latest TIMS review (January 2020) objectives under Competitive quality remain on track.
- Green: The percentage of the EBRD use of proceeds allocated to the project that qualifies as GET is 14.4% and the company introduces a number of best available technologies to improve energy and resource efficiency and to reduce the company's negative environmental footprint.
Progress to date: According to the latest TIMS review, one of the TI indicators under Green quality has been achieved (introduction of new pollution prevention technology), while the other one (a number of indicators related to pollution emissions) remains on track.
The latest TIMS review for the VMG Mogilev project (DTM 49912) indicates the project remains on track with one indicator already being achieved, thus receiving the PTI score of 63.
VMG INDUSTRY FLLC
VMG Industry FLLC ("VMGI") operates an integrated wood processing complex in Mogilev, Belarus, including a particleboard plant, a furniture plant and a layer-glued product plant. VMGI is part of the VMG group of companies, one of the largest Lithuanian groups engaged in wood processing (particleboard and furniture production) and related activities.
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior secured loan of up to €5 million to VMG Industry FLLC ("VMGI")
Total Project Cost
Toal Project Cost is €5 million
COVID-19 crisis response: the EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions. In light of COVID-19 situation and uncertainty over the effects on the economy, current market conditions for new lending are limited.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019), Low Medium risk based on the Client's capacity and track record 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 the past ESDD for the previous transaction (DTM 49912) and a review of provided 2019 AESRs with respective ESAPs compliance status.
The ESDD has confirmed that ESH capacities of VMGI are established at a satisfactory level, the particleboard plant is managed in compliance with national laws and in line with E&S management systems and EHS procedures according to industry best practice, including regular internal audits and management reporting. Applied standards and audits cover areas aligned with Bank's PRs, such as air quality, noise emissions, water use and waste water handling, soil and groundwater contamination, chemicals and hazardous materials, business ethics, ILO core labour standards, working conditions, occupational health & safety, fire prevention, etc. VMGI maintains sustainable wood supply policies and practices that are certified for compliance with the FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) and Controlled Wood (CW) standards. VMGI is also certified to comply with E0.5 level of residual formaldehyde content in the final furniture products ensuring their safe use indoors, going beyond the E1 level that is accepted as EU best practice and strict international formaldehyde emissions regulations of California Air Resources Board (CARB). BAT Assessments by independent auditors were done for the plants and overall compliance confirmed with additional corrective actions plans outlined.
VMGI demonstrated sufficient progress in implementing the agreed ESAPs. There are adequate traffic safety measures implemented specific to the wood supply operations and on-site transportation of raw materials and final goods, and appropriate training of the drivers on road safety performed on time. There are a number of resource efficiency measures in place, including energy savings from onsite biomass boilers running on wood waste from the processes. Operations of the VMGI particleboard plant are reported to be in line with EU BAT requirements for Wood-based Panels Production, apart from the 2019 exceedances of the dust concentrations from dryers and residual solids in waste water. The issues shall be addressed via developed 2020 corrective plan, installation of own storm water treatment facility by end of this year and following installation of a required by the ESAP Wet Electro-Static Precipitator filter that has been delayed due to the current crisis conditions. The Company's labour practices and working conditions go beyond sector and country standards, as well as their stakeholder engagement practices and community investment programmes, including support of local sports teams, schools, hospitals and tree planting events. The ESDD confirmed that the existing ESAP is adequate and does not need to be updated for this RF transaction. The Bank will continue to monitor the Project and the ESAPs implementation through review of Annual E&S Reports and future site visits as required.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Liepu g. 68, LT-92100 Klaipeda Lithuania
PSD last updated
04 Mar 2021
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