Kiev, Ukraine, Dec 12, 2013— IFC, a member of the
World Bank Group, has finalized an $80 million financing package designed
to help fuel retailer Concern Galnaftogaz improve its distribution facilities
and storage infrastructure, expanding access to high-quality fuel and creating
hundreds of jobs in Ukraine.
The financing package includes $15 million from IFC and a syndicated loan
of $65 million provided by Sberbank Europe AG and ING Bank. The loan is
part of $180 million facility arranged by IFC and the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development. It is one of the largest foreign investment
financing packages raised by a Ukrainian company this year. The Black Sea
Trade and Development Bank is a co-lender in this facility.
“Yet again, our partnership with leading international
financial institutions, including IFC, is providing tangible benefits for
the development and growth of our company,” said Vitaly Antonov, Concern
Galnaftogaz’s president. “We will drive our investment program
further, continuing to improve our own performance and contributing to
improved distribution infrastructure throughout Ukraine.”
Rufat Alimardanov, IFC Regional Head for Ukraine and Belarus,
said, “Galnaftogaz is a good example of how operational efficiency,
and improved social and environmental standards can help a company raise
significant funding from foreign investors. IFC remains committed to supporting
private infrastructure in Ukraine.”
Concern Galnaftogaz will use the investment to expand its network of gas
filling stations in Ukraine’s regions. The constructions of over 50 filling
stations working under a brand name OKKO will help create and preserve
over 700 jobs.
IFC has a long-standing relationship with Concern Galnaftogaz. This includes
several investments, beginning in 2004. IFC has also helped the company
implement one of Ukraine’s first corporate governance codes. Currently,
the company owns and operates a network of about 400 fuelling stations.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise,
and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion,
leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the
world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit
About Concern Galnaftogaz
For more information, please visit http://galnaftogas.com.