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Countries:
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Georgia
Banks:
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Status: Approved
Bank Risk Rating: B
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Board Decision Date: 2016-07-15
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Borrower or Client: Magticom (MGT)
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors:
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  • Infrastructure
Investment Type(s): Loan
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Investment Amount (USD): $ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD): $ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.

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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website
Updated in EWS: 2018-01-23
MAGTICOM LTD
FMO-47917

Project Description
According to FMO website, MGT is the leading telecom operator in Georgia which provides mobile, broadband, fixed-line and satellite-TV services. Proceeds of the loan will be used to acquire the corporate and retail fiber broadband assets of Caucasus Online which will facilitate Magticom to expand the internet coverage initially into 9 regions in Georgia. The transaction will provide increased access to high quality internet and IPTV services initially in 9 regions of western Georgia (due to limitations in infrastructure) where the internet penetration ranges between 21-39 percent (with the exception of Kutaisi region, penetration of 60 percent). Magticom is one of the Georgian blue chip companies (turnover: USD 120 mln, EBITDA margin: 50 percent) with further expansion plans in the country. The company is known for its technology-driven and high quality services which resulted in the market leadership for many years. Contrary to other telecom companies in FMO portfolio, MGT owns both the telecom towers and the full operations, which offer substantial business opportunities in the future. Furthermore, the proposed transaction fits with IMS strategy due to investment in telecom sector of an LMIC country, substantial development impact through increased access to internet services, additionality through long-term financing in Georgia, and partnership with EBRD.
Investment Description
Contact Information
No contact information provided at the time of disclosure.