A loan of up to USD 100 million for the refinancing of MHP's ("MHP" or "the Group") Eurobonds maturing in 2024.
The main objective of the Project is to enable the Group to sustain its financial resilience by refinancing its Eurobonds at a time of limited access to capital markets financing due to the ongoing war on Ukraine.
ETI score: 70
Primary Quality Resilient:
The Project will significantly enhance the Group's financial resilience, ensuring its production volumes continue to address food security risk in Ukraine and globally.
Secondary Quality Inclusive:
The Project will help to preserve MHP's human capital and the livelihoods of its employees in Ukraine.
MHP Group is one of the leading grain, poultry and edible oils producers in Ukraine and Southeastern Europe.
EBRD Finance Summary
Up to USD 100 million loan to MHP SE, a holding company of the Group, and its subsidiaries in Ukraine.
Total Project Cost
The Loan is part of a larger financing package from financial institutions.
Terms: As a result of the war on Ukraine, the market for liquidity financing in Ukraine is nearly closed and Ukrainian companies do not have access to capital markets. The Loan, in parallel with expected financing from other financial institutions, bridges the gap required to obtain the full amount for bonds refinancing.
EBRD attributes: As part of the Project the Bank will support the development of MHP's comprehensive strategy on climate change as well as a clear pathway and action plan for its implementation.
Standard-setting (Gender SMART): The Project is Gender Additional in line with the Group's commitments to train more women workers into previously male-dominated positions, addressing business-critical gaps within its operations.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). MHP is a long-standing client of the Bank and the Bank understands well the potential environmental and social impacts associated with the Group's broader activities.
MHP has been subject to a number of due diligence processes and external monitoring assignments, including the most recent independent monitoring review of the activities of the Group conducted in summer 2023 ("2023 Monitoring Review"). The 2023 Monitoring Review was undertaken by a third party consultant and included a high-level assessment of how the Group continues to manage E&S issues evidenced by site visits to one of the agricultural production facilities, a poultry processing facility and a biogas facility. The assignment included a number of tailored tasks, including a review of the current operational performance of the selected Group subsidiaries' existing operations, considering environmental, health, safety, public and road safety and social performance. Each of the elements was assessed in accordance with the requirements of national legislation, EBRD's 2019 Environmental and Social Policy, and taking into consideration the needs for recovery, adaptation, and development for the war and post-war periods based on the principles of sustainable development.
The consultants reported that MHP has progressed well in installing an effective EHS management system. The Group continues to improve its organizational approach to E&S issues, always aiming to increase coordination, effectiveness, and employee engagement across all facilities. The Group has established a Sustainability and International Affairs Committee to aid MHP's Board of Directors in carrying out its governance responsibilities regarding sustainability and international affairs performance. The E&S management system is cascaded throughout the organisation with different certified management systems being applied at different facilities depending on the need. Further development of these systems is in progress as the Group plans to implement a holistic health and safety management system through application of the ISO 45001 (health and safety) and ISO 39001 (road safety) systems in chosen facilities by 2024.
MHP has developed and approved a comprehensive HR Policy that is routinely reviewed by MHP's Board, communicated to all employees, and posted on the corporate website. The HR Policy provides a structure for the management of HR issues and addresses all aspects of MHP's employee relations, such as recruitment, training and development, mentoring, employee retention, communications, remuneration levels (including adherence to minimum wage legislation), representation, confidentiality, behaviour, assessment, working hours, grievance processes, diversity, forced and child labour. The Policy is implemented through a range of specially developed procedures and internal regulations, and regularly monitored by relevant departments.
The Group has well developed stakeholder engagement and information disclosure practices with a number of documents developed and approved by the Group for working with communities and other stakeholders' groups, including: Stakeholder Engagement Plan (updated 2020); a Community Relations Procedure; a procedure of engagement with nongovernmental organizations (2020); land use policy (2020); a Corporate philanthropy & charity policy (2020) and a Code of Ethical Conduct.
The consultant confirmed that, during the site visits, no critical issues were noted. Some areas for further improvement were proposed including additional development of the supply chain management systems, confirmation of compliance with EU requirements for chemicals, positioning of material safety data sheets and further development of waste storage management. The proposed areas of improvement were included into the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), which was agreed with the Group. The ESAP also includes development and implementation of a corporate climate action plan, as well as GHG emission disclosure, reporting and targets.
The past two projects with MHP (MHP Biogas and MHP Corporate Support) have been the subject of a previous problem solving initiative under the former Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM), and are currently under a compliance review by the current Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: Legal due diligence costs will be partially covered by the Japan-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.
A technical assistance in developing a corporate climate governance (CCG) strategy will be funded by the Clean Technology Fund under the High Impact for the Corporate Sector programme.
E&S monitoring costs are partially covered from the Special Shareholders Fund.
Road Safety assignment to develop and implement a Road Safety Management system will be partially covered by the Japan-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.
Non-TC: The EBRD loan is approved on the basis of partial coverage by guarantees from donors.
Company Contact Information
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PrJSC "MHP", 158, Ak.Zabolotnogo Str Kyiv, Ukraine, 03143
PSD last updated
26 Sep 2023
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