RSE Covid HSA (IFC-46486)

  • Yemen
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Voting Date
Mar 17, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Jun 24, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank provided information, the proposed investment consists of an up to 4-year, senior secured loan of up to US$60 million (the “Loan”) to HSA Foods under the IFC COVID-19 Emergency Response RSE Envelope (the “RSE Envelope”).  The Loan will support HSA Foods in strengthening its liquidity. By funding its increased long-term working capital requirements, the Loan helps ensure continuity of and a sufficient quality supply of HSA Foods’ supply of staple foods in Yemen amid the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a country already facing significant food and humanitarian crises.

Advisory services engagement is being considered in the following areas: 

i) Energy and water efficiency / wastewater treatment solutions to reach optimum design for wastewater treatment at HSA Foods considering significant water scarcity issues in Yemen. Energy efficiency work would look into alternative generation solutions for the plants, including hybrid solar/thermal solutions.

ii) Gender diversity and carbon footprint: IFC is currently discussing the possibility of advisory engagements covering: (a) gender diversity and HSA Foods’ plans to increase women participation in the workforce, (b) carbon footprint engagement for HSA Foods and (c) low carbon roadmap. 

The initial investment consisted of a US$75 million financing package to Hayel Saeed Anam (HSA or the Sponsor) Group’s food processing operations in Yemen (“HSA Foods” or “the Company”). The funds were used to finance the permanent working capital needs of HSA Foods which is producing necessary foodstuffs such as flour, sugar and dairy products for local consumption.

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Investment Description
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The proposed Loan consists of a US$20 million A loan up to US$40 million in B1 and Parallel loans for a total facility of up to US$60 million. Both the IFC A loan and B/Parallel loans will be supported by a concessional unfunded first loss guarantee provided by IFC acting as implementing entity of the IDA PSW BFF.     

Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

HSA Foods is comprised of six Yemeni companies which shall be co-borrowers of the financing:  i) National Dairy and Food Company Taiz; ii) National Dairy and Food Company Hodaida; iii) Yemen Company for Sugar Refining; iv) Yemen Company for Flour Mills and Silos Aden; v) Yemen Company for Flour Mills and Silos Al Hodaida; and vi) Al Hodaida Flour Mills Co. Limited. These co-borrowers are majority owned by the Hayel Saeed Anam family.  

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - HSA Foods Group Client -

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Ali Albodaigi
General Manager
Taiz – Al Houban, HSA manufacturing Complex, Yemen. 


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