Megalabs (IDBI-13253-01)

  • Latin America and Caribbean
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Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Oct 11, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Mega Pharma Holding Uruguay S.A.
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 70.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Oct 13, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Jul 21, 2022

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Project Description
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The use of proceeds of the transaction will be for regional use, and will be deployed to 14 projects across eight countries in the region. The investment plan includes investments to implement and support pharmaceutical manufacturing best practices, the construction of a new antibiotics plant, and the construction of distribution and logistics centers, among others. The transaction will be structured as a senior loan with a tenor of 10 years, including a two-year grace period on the principal. The transaction will also involve technical assistance on gender, diversity, and inclusion, and corporate governance and environmental and social action plans.

The majority of the projects are related to supporting and implementing continuous improvements in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes in the region: (i) Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); and (ii) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which are necessary to comply with local and international legislation (for exports). These practices have positive effects for the majority of Grupo Megalabs' processes and activities, including manufacturing, logistics, storage, quality control, and safety processes, among others. The impacts of this development include: (i) helping to expand the added value chain of the industry; (ii) promoting innovation through the development of new products; (iii) increasing exports; and (iv) contributing to job creation.

Grupo Megalabs ("Megalabs") is a conglomerate of companies in the pharmaceutical sector specialized in the production and distribution of a wide range of medications. Megalabs has a diversified product portfolio, and operates in both the manufacturing and distribution segments across 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Grupo Megalabs employs over 7,300 people in the region.

Investment Description
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Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Mega Pharma Holding Uruguay S.A. Client Education and Health

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