Norson II (IFC-37803)

  • Mexico
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Sonora, in and around Hermosillo
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Voting Date
Feb 8, 2017
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Norson Holding, S. de R.L. de C.V.
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 69.80 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 21, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Dec 23, 2016

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Project Description
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Norson Holdings S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Norson" or the "Company"), is one of the leading integrated pork producers and processors in Mexico, and has a feed mill, farms, and slaughtering and meat processing facilities based around Hermosillo, Sonora. Norson is 50% owned by Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer and processor and 50% by Grupo Mazon, a Mexican business group. The project includes: (i) expansion of Norson's production capacity; (ii) development of new farms required to provide the capacity expansion, adaptation of some existing farming facilities and development of out-grower relationships with third parties; (iii) increasing slaughtering capacity at the processing plant; (iv) increasing the feed mill capacity; and (v) completing an ongoing project to add liners to the farms' effluent lagoons.This would be IFC's second investment with Norson. IFC's previous investment in 2013 helped to support modernization and expansion of the processing facilities in Hermosillo.
Investment Description
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Norson is a joint-venture between Grupo Mazon and Smithfield Foods Inc. Grupo Mazon is a Mexican business group based in Hermosillo, Sonora. Smithfield Foods, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WH group, is the world's largest pork producer and processor headquartered in Virginia. WH Group is a publicly traded company in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with operations in the production of meat products and related businesses such as logistics, packaging, materials, etc. The total project cost is estimated at US$69.8 million, which consists primarily of investments in farms, slaughtering and processing equipment, waste lagoons, and working capital. The proposed IFC investment consists of an A Loan of up to US$15 million equivalent on IFC's own account. Out of this cost estimate, Norson is seeking to outsource the construction of some of the farms through leasing contracts, which could potentially reduce the investment amount.

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