CHO Tunisia II (IFC-44266)

  • Tunisia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Region of Sfax
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 1, 2021
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 36.71 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 30
Converted using 2020-12-21 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 64.98 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 53.1
Converted using 2020-12-21 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 4, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Dec 21, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank provided information, CHO Group, (“CHO” or the “Company”), was established in 1996 and is a leading olive oil producer in Tunisia. The Company’s facilities are mainly located in the region of Sfax, Tunisia, and its destination markets span over 40 countries worldwide. CHO retains a workforce of 750 employees.

The proposed Project would help CHO liberate cash for its permanent working capital needs, and support its capex needs over the next 3 years. 

The Project will be potentially supported by IFC’s Advisory Services, namely on 2 fronts: (a) olive supply chain improvements, and (b) corporate governance. 

Investment Description
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The Project cost is estimated at EUR53.1 million.

The proposed IFC debt commitment is up to EUR30 million, of which up to EUR10 million for IFC’s own account and up to EUR20 million through mobilization.

Private Actors Description
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CHO was created in 1996 by three entrepreneurs, Mr. Abdelaziz Makhloufi, Mr. Moncef Rekik, and Mr. Abderazzak Tounsi. The original founders own directly or indirectly about 93 percent of shares. The remaining is held by SICAR Invest.

Contact Information
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CHO Company Limited
Rym Makhloufi
Deputy General Manager
+216 21 178 178 
Mahdia Road, Km 18 Sfax, Tunisia 


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