GWFP Phoenix/BNP (IFC-41405)

Regions
  • World
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Proposed
Bank Risk Rating
B
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Borrower
PHOENIX GLOBAL DMCC
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Industry and Trade
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Ring Fence
  • No Restrictions
A financial intermediary is a commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank, sometimes for a specific lending purpose. A "ring fence" is another name for this specific purpose. These funds are then used for lending by the financial intermediary to client companies or individuals.
Investment Type(s)
Fund
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 80.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 14, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Nov 12, 2018


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Project Description

The project consists of an investment by IFC of up to US$20 million in a revolving uncommitted trade finance facility of US$80 million (the “Facility”), arranged by BNP Paribas (Suisse) S.A. for Phoenix Global DMCC (“Phoenix DMCC”), a subsidiary of Phoenix Commodities Pvt. Ltd (“Phoenix”). The Facility will support Phoenix’s fast-growing agri commodity business in sourcing, trading and distributing Rice, Sugar, Pulses, Grains, Oilseeds and Meals in Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. In parallel, IFC is also considering a US$10 million A loan to support Phoenix’s establishment of a greenfield fruit orchard in Kazakhstan (Project # 40670). The relevant disclosures are available on https://disclosures.ifc.org/#/projectDetail/ESRS/40670 and https://disclosures.ifc.org/#/projectDetail/SII/40670

Investment Description
Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.
Private Actor Relationship

There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.

The database, however, does not explicitly or implicitly imply that IFC or FMO have material exposure to or are contractually or legally accountable to the sub-projects financed by their financial intermediaries or the financial intermediary's parent companies. It only shows a seemingly financial relationship among the different private actors, the financial intermediaries, and IFC or FMO.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Phoenix Commodities Pvt. Ltd Parent Company -
- - - - Phoenix Global DMCC Subsidiary -

Contact Information

PHOENIX COMMODITIES DMCC 
Mr. Nitin Navandher
44th Floor, Buliding - AA1 
Mazaya Business Avenue, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), P.O. Box 49451 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971-4-4501200, Fax: +971-4-4501210
Email: nitin@pclworld.net                   

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