DFF - United Metals Company (EBRD-52827)

  • Egypt
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Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 29, 2021
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United Metals Company
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 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)
$ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Aug 24, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Aug 18, 2021

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Project Description

According to bank provided information, the investment involves the provision of a USD 25 million two-year working capital loan (the "Loan") to United Metals Company (the "Borrower" or the "Company") to support the Company's working capital needs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project objective is to support the working capital requirements of the Borrower. Pandemic-related supply disruptions had contributed to soaring copper prices, including copper cathodes - the Borrower's key production input, during the second half of 2020 and continuing into 2021. The Loan will enhance the Company's financial resilience to withstand the potential negative implications of the COVID-19 pandemic through providing funding to source raw materials.

Investment Description
Private Actors Description

United Metals Company (the "Borrower"), is an Egyptian joint stock company specialized in the production of copper rods, the main raw material used in the production of copper cables. The Borrower is 99.8% owned by El Sewedy Electric (the "Sponsor" or the "Guarantor"), a fully integrated energy solutions provider and one of the largest manufacturers of wires and cables in the Middle East and Africa. El Sewedy Electric is publicly-listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange with a market cap of around EGP 19.09bn/USD 1.22bn as of 11 August 2021. The Borrower is former client of the Bank through a loan provided in 2017. 

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
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Contact Information

Sami Nabil


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