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IFC Supports Logistics Development in Siberia


In Washington, D.C.:
Carmen Powell

Phone: +1 (202) 473-4982

E-mail:
CPowell@ifc.org

In Moscow:

Nezhdana Bukova

Phone: +7 (465) 411 7555
E-mail:
NBukova@ifc.org


September 3, 2008, Moscow, Russia—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping expand modern logistics services in Russia’s Novosibirsk region by supporting Megalogix’s effort to build a 120,361-square-meter logistics center in the region.

IFC has agreed to provide a $95 million financing package to Megalogix, which is building modern warehouses in major cities across Russia. The package comprises $40 million in debt financing for IFC's own account and $55 million in syndicated loans.


Megalogix is a joint venture between the Avalon Group, a leading distributor of consumer goods in Russia; and Raven Russia Limited, a London-listed real estate investment company.


“This is Raven Russia's second project with IFC and highlights the strong relationship we have developed  as we expand together across the Russian Federation”, said Richard Jewson, Chairman of Raven Russia. “The project demonstrates Raven Russia's ability to expand further into Russia’s regional cities and its continuing success in raising finance for quality projects at competitive rates in the current credit markets.”


“Business infrastructure, particularly warehouses, is key to developing the Russian economy,” said Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Director for Global Manufacturing and Services. “We are pleased to continue providing financial support to Raven Russia. This will help develop a warehouse network in Russia's frontier regions, and the syndications will help introduce the capital-intensive project to international banks.”


About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing private capital in local and international financial markets, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. IFC's vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. In FY07, IFC committed $8.2 billion and mobilized an additional $3.9 billion through syndications and structured finance for 299 investments in 69 developing countries. IFC also provided advisory services in 97 countries. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.

Russia became a member and a shareholder of IFC in 1993.  Since then IFC has invested over $3.6 billion in the country, including $527 million in syndicated loans, in more than 150 projects across a variety of sectors.  IFC’s investment portfolio in the country currently stands at $2.24 billion, making it the largest country exposure for IFC globally.  IFC has invested in key sectors including banking, leasing, housing finance, infrastructure, mining, agribusiness, pulp and paper, construction materials, oil and gas, telecommunications, information technologies, retail, and health care.  For more information, visit
www.ifc.org/Europe.