EBRD provides Ukraine agri holding Astarta with US$ 30 million finance package

EBRD provides Ukraine agri holding Astarta with US$ 30 million finance package

Finance includes US$ 21 million from EBRD, US $9 million from Clean Technology Fund

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a US$ 30 million financing package to one of the leading agro-holdings in Ukraine, Astarta, supporting it to weather the adverse conditions caused by Russia’s war on Ukraine and make its operations more sustainable.

The package consists of a US$ 21 million loan from the EBRD and a US$ 9 million sustainability-linked loan funded by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).

The EBRD, which has significantly accelerated its lending to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022, has committed to invest €3 billion there in 2022-23. Food security is one of its five priority investment areas, along with energy security, vital infrastructure, trade finance and support for the private sector.

Astarta plans to use the finance for modernisation and energy efficiency improvements at existing production facilities, introduction of climate smart agricultural practices to increase business resilience, decreasing production and energy costs while increasing productivity and operational efficiency, and securing sufficient working capital financing to sustain its operations at pre-war levels.

Funding the holding’s capex plan will help Astarta develop further its farming, soybean processing and sugar production activities during a time of war-related instability. The liquidity support provided through this loan will help sustain operations and maintain production and export volumes essential for food security, while supporting the livelihoods of nearly 7,000 workers across Astarta alongside those of supply-chain partners.

This is the first transaction in Ukraine supported by the EBRD High Climate Impact programme for the Corporate Sector, funded by the Clean Technology Fund. The loan features an innovative blended finance structure whereby the pricing is linked to the achievement of climate change-related targets.

Astarta is a large vertically integrated agricultural holding established in 1993, operating around 220,000 hectares of leased arable land, five sugar plants, a soybean processing factory, a biogas facility and dairy farms. It has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2006, and has been a client of the EBRD since 2008.

Technical cooperation support for legal due diligence has been provided by the Japan-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.

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