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Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Rwanda
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: Active
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: 2016-10-28
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Borrower or Client: New Forest Company
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The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Climate and Environment
Investment Amount (USD): $ 1.50 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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Original disclosure @ FMO website
Updated in EWS: 2017-12-25

Project Description
WHO IS OUR CLIENT FMO and Finnfund have signed a shared USD15 million (USD7.5 million each) senior loan to support New Forests Rwanda (NFR), a subsidiary of New Forests Company Holdings Ltd. The new funding for NFR will go towards the development of a plantation in a concession located around the Nyungwe National Park (NNP), and will support NFR's core business, transmission poles and building up a sawn timber market. FUNDING OBJECTIVE Funds from IDF will be used for capex, refinancing existing shorter term debt, working capital and includes a USD5 million contingency facility. New Forests Company Holdings (NFCH) will provide an additional USD2 million funding if the contingency facility is triggered. WHY WE FUND THIS PROJECT The project is fully in line with FMO's doubling impact, halving footprint strategy with significant positive impact on GHG emissions through reforestation and protection of the 900 km2 NNP. The Project also facilitates GoR's rural electrification infrastructure (Access to Energy) roll-out with significant employment creation through a smallholder roll-out strategy. NFCH Group has clear, long term sustainable development objectives in the forestry sector in East Africa, with a good track record, focus on cash flow and a robust/tested ESG management system.
Investment Description
Contact Information
FMO South Africa +27 11 507 2500 joburg-office@fmo.nl