Business news from Ukraine

EBRD TO PROVIDE LOAN TO OTP BANK TO FINANCE MSMES KYIV

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on November 10 approved the provision of a four-year amortising senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 25 million equivalent to OTP Bank (Kyiv) to finance micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), according to the EBRD website.
“The project will enable the company to finance long-term investments of Ukrainian MSMEs in upgrading their technology and equipment necessary to meet EU standards in terms of product quality, health and safety measures and environmental preservation,” the bank said.
In addition to long-term financing, eligible sub-borrowers will receive technical assistance funded by the European Union and grant support in the form of investment incentives upon the completion of their investment projects.

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EBRD ISSUES EUR25 MLN TO DNIPRO MUNICIPAL ENERGY SERVICE COMPANY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Dnipro Municipal Energy Service Company (Dnipro) have signed a loan agreement on the allocation of EUR25 million in a loan to improve the energy efficiency of 98 public buildings, including 67 kindergartens, 27 schools and four clinics.
“Thanks to the agreement between Mayor Borys Filatov and the EBRD, today we’ve signed a loan to finance the second stage of a large energy saving project in the city’s buildings. This will create conditions that are more comfortable for the residents of our city,” the bank’s press service quotes deputy mayor of the city Eduard Pidlubny.
“The new loan builds on the successful implementation of a pilot project with Dnipro’s energy management company in 2020. Under the pilot financed by the EBRD, the E5P and the Clean Technology Fund, 33 schools and 48 kindergartens have been refurbished offering more comfort and greater energy efficiency,” the bank said on its website.
“The new financing will allow the city to maintain the pace of its energy efficiency investments in public buildings and will set an example for other Ukrainian cities to follow. Once the projects are completed, the city would have renovated almost 200 public buildings, the largest such effort in Ukraine,” Mark Magaletsky, the EBRD Deputy Director for Ukraine, said.
The EBRD’s board of directors reportedly approved the project last week.
The loan has a term of 13 years, including a grace period of up to three years, with 20 equal payments every six months. The loan will be secured by the city’s full municipal guarantee, the bank said.

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EBRD COULD PROVIDE EUR 25 MLN LOAN TO COMMUNAL COMPANY DNIPRO TO BOOST ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) could provide a senior loan of up to EUR 25 million to the communal company Dnipro Municipal Energy Servicing Company (Dniprovska Municipalna Energoservisna Kompanya, the city of Dnipro) for energy efficiency investments in 98 public buildings, including 67 kindergartens, 27 schools and 4 outpatient clinics.
“The investments are expected to result in strong improvement of buildings’ condition through renovation of facilities and meeting heating requirements, improved comfort level and reliability of services at kindergartens, schools and clinics, as well as reduction of energy and maintenance costs of the buildings and decrease of CO2 emissions,” the bank said on Tuesday.
The project is pending of the decision of the EBRD board on October 13.
According to the document, the loan maturity is up to 13 years, including up to three years grace, with 20 equal semi-annual repayments. The loan will be secured by a full municipal guarantee from the city.
The loan is expected to be co-financed by up to EUR 5.5 million investment grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), subject to grant approval by the E5P Assembly of Contributors.
The local contribution of up to EUR 2.5 million will cover additional energy conservation measures and capital repairs.
The EBRD said that the loan will be a sub-project under the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Financing Framework (PSEEF), consisting of municipal-guaranteed loans to municipal energy management companies in Ukraine to facilitate critical improvements in energy efficiency measures in public buildings in a number of cities across Ukraine.

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EBRD TO PROVIDE LOAN TO SETTLE PROBLEM OF WASTE IN KHMELNYTSKY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) a part of the Green Cities Framework 2 will provide a senior loan of up to EUR 28.5 million to Communal Enterprise Spetskomuntrans to finance the rehabilitation and modernisation of solid waste infrastructure in the City of Khmelnytsky estimated at EUR 36.5 million.
The decision was made by the bank’s board on September 2, EBRD Senior External Relations Advisor Anton Usov has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The senior loan split into several tranches co-financed by up to EUR 5.0 million investment grant from the EU Neighbourhood Investment Platform and up to EUR 3.0 million local contribution.
The phase I of the project will address the city’s urgent investment needs with respect to the rehabilitation of the existing landfill, the construction of a new engineered sanitary landfill in compliance with the EU standards adjacent to the old one, the acquisition of new landfill equipment to ensure sustainable operation of the new landfill, and improvements of the solid waste collection and transportation systems co-financed from the city’s budget.
The phase II of the project includes the construction of a new material recovery facility for non-organic waste and a separate composting facility for pre-sorted organic waste that will reduce the share of solid waste going to the landfill by promoting recycling and providing a modern solid waste management infrastructure with respect to sorting and composting. The project will ensure that a long-term, sustainable solid waste management strategy is properly implemented.

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EBRD GIVES $81 MLN TO UKRAINIAN SUBSIDIARY OF JV OF AIR PRODUCTS AND ARCELORMITTAL

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a long-term loan of up to $81 million to Kryvyi Rih Industrial Gas LLC, a Joint Venture with majority ownership by Air Products & Chemicals Inc,. a company registered in the United States, and ArcelorMittal.
The decision was made by the EBRD board on Wednesday, EBRD Senior External Relations Advisor Anton Usov has told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to a posting on the bank’s website, subject to the finalization of commercial agreements, the company will design, construct and operate an on-site air separation unit to be located in Kryvy Rih. The project will employ modern, state-of-the-art technology to safely and reliably produce industrial gases, for ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih steel works (Dnipropetrovsk region) and other customers in Ukraine and beyond.
The Project is expected to result in CO2 emission savings in excess of 60,000 tonnes per annum through energy efficiency gains of the steel works.
The total cost of the project is over $100 million.

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EBRD PROVIDES $200 MLN LOAN TO OLAM FOR SUBSIDIARIES INCLUDING UKRAINE

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided Olam International Ltd. (Singapore) with a $200 million loan to finance the company’s working capital needs in Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Georgia and Poland.
“The EBRD loan will finance purchases of agricultural commodities such as hazelnuts, dry dairy products, grain and onions in selected countries of operation. Local subsidiaries of the company will take on the processing, storage and distribution of these goods,” the bank said on its website.
“The European Union and the TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund will provide donor support for the development of new methodologies and processes for climate-related risk management and stress testing in Egypt and Turkey,” it says.
Olam International is a major food and agricultural products manufacturer headquartered in Singapore.
Olam International Ltd. 53.4% is owned by Temasek Holdings, 17.4% by Mitsubishi Corporation, 7% by Kewalram Chanrai Group and 6.3% by the Olam management.
Olam Ukraine LLC was founded in 2005 and is currently the leading supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa products to large local confectioners, as well as a major exporter of grain and milk powder products.

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