Axereal - Equity



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Approval date:

26 Mar 2013



PSD disclosed:

25 Feb 2013

Project Description

The EBRD is considering investing up to €38 million in this Project through (i) a €28 million loan to finance a portion of Axereal working capital needs in Serbia, Romania, Croatia and Hungary, and (ii) an equity investment of up to €10 million to finance the acquisition of silos in these countries.

Transition Impact

The Project is located in a region with a significant agricultural potential. The Transition Impact of the Project is expected to derive from:

Market Expansion - The project will support the expansion of silo capacity, currently scarce in CEE/SEE and increase access to pre-financing and provision of inputs to farmers. The Company believes that investing in this long-term cooperation with farmers is of mutual benefit, since it provides the company with a stable supply network and the farms with a stable off-taker, thus contributing to the overall competitiveness of the crops produced. The Bank’s working capital line will allow the Company to provide more pre-financing, high quality seeds and fertilisers which will contribute also to i) inclusion of more small farmers into the supply network and ii) further increase farmers’ yields across all regional markets.

Transfer and dispersion of skills - Axereal pays significant attention to the continuing education and skills transfer to its partner-farmers. Axereal’s agronomy team supports farms by providing advisory services in land cultivation and help small farmers to more efficiently manage their land by applying appropriate soil treatment and modern farming methods that help cut costs, achieve higher yields and improve quality of the output.

The Client

Axereal, a vertically integrated French agro-industrial cooperative, is the leading grain collector in France and the third largest malt producer in Europe. The group has been present in central and eastern Europe and south eastern Europe since 2001, and is looking forward to expanding its operations in the Danube region, the second most important grain base in Europe.

EBRD Finance

A €28 million working capital loan and an equity investment of up to €10 million.

Project Cost

€102 million

Environmental Impact

The project was categorised B following the due diligence undertaken by a staff member from EBRD’s Environment and Sustainability Department as well as subsequent meetings with key management to review the Group’s environmental and health and safety management systems. Based on the due diligence an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) was developed to ensure the Company's compliance with the Banks Performance Requirements for environment, health and safety and labour. Axereal will provide the Bank with regular reporting on the implementation of the ESAP and EBRD staff will monitor Environmental and Social performance for the lifetime of the project.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact

Stefan Schodts, Regional Director for Central Europe and Deputy CFO of Axereal Group
Tel: +33 2 4821 8236


Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement: Tel: +44 20 7338 6794

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168

Public Information Policy (PIP)

The PIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations. Please visit the Public Information Policy page below to find out how to request a Public Sector Board Report.
Text of the PIP

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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