The Project comprises financing of MHP's seasonal working capital needs for its edible oil crushing segment in Ukraine.
The main objective of the Project is to enable sufficient financing to cover the procurement and accumulation of sunflower seeds for crushing into oil for subsequent export.
ETI score: 70
Primary Quality Resilient:
The Project will increase MHP's resilience by supporting it to continue sunflower oil production, which is essential for food security.
Secondary Quality Inclusive:
The Project will help to preserve MHP's human capital and the livelihoods of its employees and oilseeds suppliers in Ukraine.
MHP FOOD TRADING LLC
MHP Group is one of the leading grain, poultry and edible oils producers in Ukraine and Southeastern Europe. The Group operates three sunflower crushing plants in Ukraine. MHP Food Trading LLC (the "Borrower") is an MHP Group subsidiary, incorporated in the United Arab Emirates, and is the Group's trading arm for sunflower oil produced by Ukrainian companies of the Group. The Borrower will channel the Loan proceeds down to MHP's subsidiaries in Ukraine to purchase sunflower seeds for further processing into sunflower oil for export.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The Project includes financing of up to USD 90 million equivalent for the EBRD's account and up to USD 10 million for the account of participants, availability of which will be subject to successful syndication.
Additionality stems from the following:
Terms: As a result of the war on Ukraine, the market for liquidity financing in Ukraine is nearly closed. EBRD financing effectively bridges a financing gap left by the withdrawal of commercial banks finance.
EBRD attributes: Relevant experience in terms of financing of private clients in the target sectors and EBRD's lead may allow MHP to mobilise funds from commercial lenders.
Standard-setting (Gender SMART): The Project is Gender Additional in line with the client's upcoming support programmes for women workers affected by the ongoing war.
Environmental and Social Summary
The purchasing, transport and processing of sunflower seeds is associated with a number of environmental and social issues although these are typically site-specific and readily addressed through standard mitigation measures. Given current circumstances, ESDD was carried out internally by ESD and utilising knowledge from previous site visits and reporting, additional documentary evidence and selected updates from the Group. The Group is a long-standing client of the Bank and has been subject to due diligence processes on five occasions and monitoring exercises on two occasions. Besides third party due diligence and monitoring, staff from ESD have visited the Group a number of times and witnessed a range of Group facilities relevant to the proposed projects. Finally, as part of its obligations under the variety of agreements with the Bank, MHP has always provided comprehensive and satisfactory annual E&S reporting.
Based on the above, it is judged that MHP can carry out the Project utilising existing management systems and procedures. These are generally comprehensive and well understood and implemented by MHP staff. Experience from site visits has demonstrated that MHP production facilities are generally modern and well maintained. Each facility has the necessary capacity to ensure that environmental, health & safety, and labour issues are adequately managed. As part of this latest due diligence effort, the Group was requested to provide an update on the last ESAP agreed as part of a third-party monitoring visit in 2019. The Group has provided that update, including procedural documentation covering a number of health and safety areas including an updated corporate OHS Policy, and new procedures for tasks with increased risk and procedures for accident investigation.
Also, as part of the update, the Group has provided information on the latest International Sustainability and Carbon Certifications (ISCC) obtained for a number of facilities operated by the Group. ISCC is an international certification system covering all kinds of bio-based feedstock and renewables and is the leading voluntary scheme based on the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED), covering the environmental and social aspects of biomass production. The continued development of MHP's approach to environmental and social management is evidenced by its green investments programme, including investments into irrigation using waste water from poultry production facilities, bio methane production investments, digital farming and strip tillage investments, and agricultural machinery upgrade. Besides policies and procedures to cover environment and health and safety, the Group also has appropriate HR systems in place to ensure compliance with PR2.
No additional actions will be requested from the Group for this Project, beyond the standard requirements to continue to comply with the Bank's Performance Requirements and to also continue to provide annual environmental and social reporting to the Bank. It should be noted that the Group produces public environmental and social reporting, from 2015 as a non-financial report, but from 2020 as a GRI compliant sustainability report. The latest 2021 Sustainability Report was released in June 2022 and is available on the Group's website.
Two past projects with MHP have been the subject of a previous Problem Solving Initiative under the former Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM), and are currently the subject of a Compliance Review under the current Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: Legal due diligence costs will be partially covered by the Shareholder Special Fund.
Technical cooperation grant for up to EUR 75,000 will be provided under EBRD's Action for Equality and Gender Multi-Donor Account to enhance the Group's capacity for economic inclusion of people with disabilities and war veterans in the design and launch of its new 'No Limit Project', aligning its core features with best practices.
Non-TC: The EBRD loan is approved on the basis of first loss risk cover provided by the United States through its contribution to the EBRD Crisis Response Special Fund.
Company Contact Information
+38 050 339 2999
PrJSC "MHP", 158, Ak.Zabolotnogo Str Kyiv, Ukraine, 03143
PSD last updated
11 Feb 2023
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