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IFC Loan to Century Sunshine Supports Growth of Organic Fertilizer Industry in China


In Beijing
Wenqin Zhu
Phone: +86 10 5860 3130
Email: wzhu@ifc.org

In Hong Kong
Andrew Mak
Phone: +852 2509 8110
Email: amak@ifc.org

In Washington, D.C.:
Cynthia Case
Phone: +1 202 473 6287
Email: ccase@ifc.org


Hong Kong, November 16, 2006 – The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, will support the growth of the organic fertilizer industry in China through a local currency loan of RMB120 million to Century Sunshine Ecological Technology Holdings Limited’s operating entities in China. The financing will be funded by the recent RMB 870 million Panda Bond issue and will support Century Sunshine’s expansion.

The financing will help Century Sunshine further expand its production capacity. The production of organic fertilizers is important for the emergence of agricultural producers who will target the rapidly developing organic product markets in China and abroad. Century Sunshine uses animal and plant waste and converts it into high value-added organic fertilizers.

“IFC is pleased to support Century Sunshine, which is playing an important role in promoting environmentally friendly, sustainable agriculture by providing organic fertilizers in China, where the use of chemical fertilizers is predominant.  This financing to Century Sunshine demonstrates IFC’s strong commitment to sustainability,” said Jean-Paul Pinard, IFC’s Director for Agribusiness.  

“The Panda Bond II issue enables IFC to support high-quality private companies in China that need local currency financing,” said Richard Ranken, IFC’s Director for East Asia and Pacific. This loan will support Century Sunshine’s continued growth and will promote private sector development in China.”

“We are very pleased to work with IFC. Century Sunshine is committed to the development of the organic fertilizer sector in China.  We plan to increase our capacity and expand our distribution network to meet rapidly growing demand. This financing will help implement our growth strategy,” said Chi Wenfu, Chairman and CEO of Century Sunshine.

About IFC

The mission of IFC (
www.ifc.org) is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing 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 FY06, IFC has committed more than $56 billion of its own funds for private sector investments in the developing world and mobilized an additional $25 billion in syndications for 3,531 companies in 140 developing countries. With the support of funding from donors, it has also provided more than $1 billion in technical assistance and advisory services. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

About Century Sunshine

Century Sunshine, based in Fujian and Jiangxi provinces of China, is principally engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of a wide range of organic fertilizer products, under the popular brand name of “LU DI”. Its major products are registered with the Ministry of Agriculture at the state level and are internationally recognized by BCS Oko-Garantie. Century Sunshine has significantly increased its production capacity and has become one of the largest producers in China’s organic fertilizer industry. Century Sunshine completed a successful listing on the GEM Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in February 2004.