IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a new $1bn debt financing for Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals, Nigeria.
The investment will be used for the construction of a new fertilizer line that will expand Indorama’s capacity of urea fertilizer to more than 2.8 million tons.
Sérgio Pimenta, IFC Vice President for Middle East and Africa, said: “IFC aims to support Nigeria’s efforts to strengthen its manufacturing base and improve stability of its financial system through greater foreign exchange earnings from exports. With Indorama Eleme, IFC is also a partner in helping farmers in West Africa increase their food production and incomes.” IFC will directly lend $100m and mobilize an additional $850m of loans from other developmental financial institutions and commercial banks.
Another $50m in financing will be available from IFC’s Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program.
Joining IFC as Joint Mandated Lead Arrangers (including as lenders) are European Investment Bank, YES BANK, CDC Group PLC, African Development Bank, Bank of Baroda and Standard Bank.
Also supporting the financing are Standard Chartered Bank; Bangkok Bank; FMO; DEG; PIDG company, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund; PROPARCO; ICICI Bank Limited; and Citibank.
The large number of participating banks signals a strong endorsement of the project, Indorama, and the country by the syndicated loan market lending though a blend of IFC A and B Loans and uncovered facilities. “Nigeria has enormous potential to achieve agricultural self-sufficiency and food security which is evident from the multi-fold increase in domestic fertilizer consumption after the start of Indorama’s first plant. Nigeria has also become a major hub for urea exports. With Line 2, we aim to further expand our ability to provide competitively priced and high-quality fertilizer to farmers in West Africa and across the globe. Indorama is looking forward to continue contributing to Nigeria’s economic development”, said Manish Mundra, CEO, Indorama Africa. Significant amounts of natural gas are wasted in Nigeria due to gas flaring.
According to the World Bank, over the past three years Nigeria has flared an average of 750 million cubic feet per day of associated gas.
Utilization of gas for downstream chemical industries such as fertilizer helps reduce gas flaring, a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change.
Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals is a subsidiary of Indorama Corporation, one of Asia’s leading chemical holding companies with subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Africa, CIS and the Middle East manufacturing Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyesters, Fertilisers, Textiles and Synthetic Disposable Gloves.
Amit Lohia, Group Vice Chairman, Indorama Corporation, said: “This financing reflects our strong partnership with IFC over a span of almost three decades. We are extremely pleased to bring our financial partners to Nigeria on the back of this strong partnership.”