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IFC Provides Financing for Investments in two subsidiaries of Leading Food and Retail Group in Croatia, Agrokor


In Washington, D.C.:
Thoko Moyo
Tel: 1 202 458 8517
Email: tmoyo@ifc.org

In Zagreb:
Agrokor d.d.
Phone: + 385 1 4894 304
Facsimile: + 385 1 4844 363


Zagreb, July 19, 2006- The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has provided a 40 million Euro loan to two subsidiaries of Agrokor, a leading food and retail group in Croatia, to support the on-going restructuring and expansion plans for PIK Vrbovec and Belje, subsidiaries that Agrokor acquired last year. PIK Vrbovec and Belje add meat production and farming capacity to Agrokor’s existing core businesses.

IFC’s financing terms have been tailored to best match the project’s needs and will enable key investments to be made at PIK Vrbovec and Belje, with a focus on production quality, capacity expansion, efficiency, productivity and improvement in the cost structure of both companies.

“IFC is pleased to support Agrokor’s investments to improve the operational efficiency of recently privatized assets. Under Agrokor’s management, the project should ensure PIK Vrbovec’s and Belje’s financial and environmental sustainability”, said Edward Nassim, IFC’s Regional Vice President for Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Collaboration between Agrokor and IFC will also continue through upgrades of operational standards, quality management systems, and occupational health and safety in line with EU standards.

“This long-term financing demonstrates the confidence of one of the world's leading financial institutions in Agrokor, understanding our vision and strategy and supporting our rationale for investing in PIK Vrbovec and Belje.” said Ivica Todoric, President of Agrokor.

About Agrokor

Agrokor, a Croatian Group (www.agrokor.hr), is the leading regional food company and retailer, with consolidated sales revenues for 2005 amounting to EUR 1,700 million equivalent. The group employs about 20,000 people, mostly in Croatia, but also in several other countries of the region where Agrokor has been expanding in its core businesses.

About IFC

The mission of IFC (www.ifc.org) is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing and transition countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.  IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.  From its founding in 1956 through FY05, IFC has committed more than $49 billion of its own funds and arranged $24 billion in syndications for 3,319 companies in 140 developing countries. IFC’s worldwide committed portfolio as of FY05 was $19.3 billion for its own account and $5.3 billion held for participants in loan syndications.