Rune - Rural Network

Location:

Regional

Project number:

53252

Business sector:

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

07 Dec 2021

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

23 Jun 2022

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

Provision of a senior loan of EUR 15.0mn with a seven-year tenor and bullet repayment at maturity (the "Loan"). The proceeds from the Loan will be used to support Rune's capital and operating expenditure associated with the deployment of FTTH Gigabit Passive Optical Networks alongside a club of lenders in the total financing round of EUR 130mn.

Project Objectives

The Project aims to finance the Fibre-To-The-Home ("FTTH") rollout into rural areas of Slovenia and rural and semi-urban areas of Croatia, which currently are not connected to fibre broadband, as well as underserved areas nearby.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 67

-Competitive: By supporting the rollout of the latest generation fixed broadband infrastructure, the Project contributes to the development of the underserved rural areas in Slovenia and Croatia and boosts economic growth for the entire area beyond the ICT sector.

-Green: As the Bank supports investment into the fibre broadband technology that combines low energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions with superior scalability and bandwidth.

Client Information

RUNE LUXEMBOURG SARL

The Rune Group S.A. ("Rune") is a limited liability company incorporated in Luxembourg owning Rune Luxemburg S.a.r.l., the Borrower and consolidating entity for the group's operating subsidiaries, Rune Enia d.o.o. in Slovenia and Rune Crow d.o.o. in Croatia.

The majority shareholder of the Rune Group (89%) is the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund

(CEBF), which counts private institutional investors as well as the EIB, the European Commission,

KfW and other development banks as Limited Partners, and is managed by Cube Infrastructure Managers. Cube IM was established in 2007 and is based in Luxembourg. Other shareholders include Slovenian Vahta d.o.o. (10.1%) and Croatian 3t.cable d.o.o. (0.1%).

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 15,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 140,000,000.00

Additionality

The Bank's mobilises commercial participation from insurance companies. In addition, EBRD's participation helps to familiarise other financial institutions with the relatively novel structure of greenfield fibre financings in EBRD's Countries of Operation and provides comfort to other participants and investors in both countries, in which EBRD has a significant presence as investor.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B under the 2019 Environmental & Social Policy. Environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) was carried out by the Bank's Environmental and Sustainability Department. The E&S issues associated with the project are site-specific, readily identified and will be managed by the client's existing E&S management system and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Action Plans. The ESDD showed that adequate E&S management procedures are in place to carry out the project in compliance with EBRD PRs. The contractor management is in line with ISO standard 10845. In addition, a Procurement Statement needs to be signed by every supplier and subcontractor so that relevant E&S legal requirements such as waste, emission and effluent management are cascaded down to all contractual partners. The client's HR policy and practice are in line with EU requirements and PR2. The OHS management system with designated managers are in place. Official permits for the project are in place. No significant residual waste quantities are expected, as the excavation work will be minimum and soil will be backfilled in mini/micro trenches. No land acquisition is envisaged by the project. Temporary access restrictions during the construction and operational phases are managed via individual lease and agreements based on commercial transactions.  Biodiversity impact is not anticipated given the limited size of civil works.  Known cultural heritage sites are avoided by the project and archaeological surveys are being performed as part of permit application. The ESG Action Plan will ensure the project's full compliance with PRs. The client is required to submit an annual E&S report to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Stojan Nikolic
Stojan.Nikolic@ruralnetwork.eu
https://www.ruralnetwork.eu/
Partizanska cesta 109, 6210 Sezana, Slovenia

PSD last updated

23 Jun 2022

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