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European Funding Fund backs two non-public credit score funds

The European Funding Fund (EIF) has invested in two non-public credit score funds to assist small- and medium-sized companies throughout the continent.

The state growth financial institution has signed a €25m (£21.4m) dedication as a cornerstone investor in a senior non-public debt fund managed by Sound Asset Administration, a newly established Lithuanian various asset supervisor.

The fund – Sound Senior Non-public Debt Fund 1 – will fund small companies and small mid-caps within the Baltics, and goals to lift €80m by the top of the yr.

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Will probably be categorized as an Article 8 fund underneath the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), with 15 per cent of its investments devoted to local weather motion and environmental sustainability standards.

“The Sound Senior Non-public Debt Fund is the primary institutional non-public credit score fund focusing on small companies within the Baltics,” mentioned EIF chief govt Marjut Falkstedt.

“This initiative is totally aligned with our aim of offering various sources of financing for small companies throughout Europe, overcoming the reliance on conventional financial institution lending. It can assist Baltic small companies entry tailored financing that meets their particular financing wants and helps their development and growth plans.”

Andrius Sokolovskis, chief govt of Sound Asset Administration, mentioned: “The fund will present a lot wanted financing options for underserved and rising small companies in addition to small mid-caps within the Baltics. This would be the first senior non-public debt fund backed by institutional traders within the Baltics. We’re grateful for the EIF’s belief in our staff and general assist for the event of the non-public debt class within the area the place various financing could be very a lot wanted.”

Vicenda Group’s Debt Alternatives Fund

Individually, the EIF has dedicated €30m to Vicenda Group’s Debt Alternatives Fund.

Swiss-based non-public credit score specialist Vicenda mentioned it has raised €100m – together with the EIF funding – and is now in “intensive discussions” with German institutional traders in an effort to attain its €250m goal fund dimension.

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The fund invests in senior secured loans to small- and medium-sized companies primarily positioned within the DACH area, with goal returns after charges of 11 per cent each year.

It’s an Article 8 fund. And with the dedication of the EIF, the fund additionally features a minimal goal of loans aligned with the EIF Local weather Motion and Environmental Sustainability Standards (CA&ES).

Loans made by the fund vary from €5m to €25m and have phrases of as much as 4 years.

The fund’s administration expects to finance as much as 40 loans in the course of the deliberate six-year time period.

“Regardless of difficult market situations, the Vicenda Debt Alternatives Fund has efficiently secured substantial capital commitments since its inception,” mentioned Philipp Schneider, govt board member and gross sales director of Vicenda Group.

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“The monetary commitments of Vicenda’s shareholders and operational companions show a robust alignment of curiosity and reaffirm our joint dedication to the fund’s objectives. The fund focuses significantly on smaller and medium-sized enterprises, which are sometimes inadequately served by conventional debt suppliers, together with banks, partly because of regulatory restrictions. Our confidence in SMEs relies on their essential function because the spine of our economic system. SMEs represent nearly all of the financial construction in Europe and have repeatedly confirmed their robustness and adaptableness by efficiently overcoming varied challenges.”

The EIF’s Falkstedt mentioned: “With the backing of the InvestEU programme, the EIF is completely satisfied to be in place to assist Vicenda’s Debt Alternatives Fund, providing versatile and tailored various financing options for small and medium-sized companies within the DACH area, whereas additionally together with environmental and social concerns alongside SME competitiveness inside the funding course of.”


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