Friday 15 November 2019

Vinci unit seals Belgrade airport financing deal

PARIS, December 22, 2018

Vinci, a global player in concessions and contracting, said its unit Vinci Airports has signed a 25-year concession contract for Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia, covering its financing, operation, maintenance, extension and upgrade and stating the conditions it has since satisfied, on March 22 last.
To complete this transaction, Vinci Airports has raised loans amounting to a total of €420 million ($479 million) and maturing over a maximum of 17 years from 4 multilateral institutions – IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Agence Française de Développement (via its subsidiary Proparco) and DEG (KfW Group) – and from 6 merchant banks (UniCredit, Intesa, Erste, Société Générale, Kommunalkredit and CIC).
The loans will complement the equity that Vinci Airports is investing in the operation and cover the €501 million ($572 million) upfront concession fee paid to the granting authority as well as the airport extension and upgrade works provided in the contract.
These financing arrangements constitute a milestone in Belgrade airport’s development, and one of the largest financial transactions ever carried out in Serbia, said the statement.
When it officially takes over operations this December 22, Vinci Airports will be in a position to harness the expertise it has built as a world-class operator to grow Serbia’s main airport into a major hub for south-eastern Europe (it catered to 5.3 million passengers in 2017) and to drive its development, it added.-TradeArabia News Service

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