EBRD May Finance Axereal’s Grain Project in Southeastern Europe

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering a loan and equity investment in Axereal, a French agro-industrial cooperative that plans to buy grain silos in Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Croatia.

The 28 million-euro ($37 million) loan would boost Axereal’s working capital and an equity investment of 10 million euro would help it purchase the silos, the London-based lender said in an e-mailed statement. It will also provide advance financing to farmers for quality seeds and fertilizers, the lender said.

The project requires the EBRD’s board approval on March 26.

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