RF- VISP: Raja Constanta (EBRD-52190)

Countries
  • Romania
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
U
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.
Voting Date
Jun 23, 2020
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower
RAJA SA
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 5.66 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 5
Converted using 2020-06-23 exchange rate.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
When disclosed, the bank did not provide this value. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Jan 31, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Jun 8, 2020


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Project Description

A stand-by liquidity facility of up to EUR 5 million to help RAJA SA ("RAJA" or "Company"), the largest regional water and wastewater company in Romania, withstand the adverse impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on its product demand and operations. The funds will be used for working capital needs, to alleviate receivables collection problems RAJA expects to encounter over the next year.

RAJA serves many tourist areas, including the two largest in the country: the seaside resorts in Constanta and the mountain resorts in Brasov. The company relies on groundwater for 93% of its water supply, thereby incurring large energy costs for extraction. Of all water supply in the system, 59% is non-revenue water (i.e. lost due to spillages along the distribution network, and not invoiced). Thus, the company incurs large fixed costs, while part of the demand is tourism-dependent (45% of revenues come from non-residential consumers).

Investment Description
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Contact Information

Stelian Budes
Bstellis@gmail.com
+40 754 073 217
+40 754 073 217

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