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June 18, 2007
Brewing company Slavutich engages financing of EBRD

Credit of 97.2 million dollars to expand production capacity and to introduce new products and packing

EBRD gives a credit at the amount of 97.2 million dollars to "Nonalcoholic Beer Combine "Slavutich", one of the largest producers of beer in Ukraine owned by "Baltic Beverages Holding" (BBH), a joint venture of "Carlsberg" and "Scottish & Newcastle" companies. This second credit for "Slavutich" is a result of long-term regional collaboration between BBH and EBRD. Credit asset will be used for further modernization and expansion of "Slavutich" factories, and also for restructuring of its balance. 48.6 million dollars from the sum of credit were syndicated by "Danske Bank".

Planned investments to "Slavutich" factories in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhya will enable to increase general production volume to 5.5 million hectolitres of beer per year. Part of the credit assets will be used for introduction of the innovative PET-packing that will considerably increase term of storage of beer packed in PET-bottles. "Slavutich" also plans to extend the assortment of packing for certain trade marks.

Giles Mettetal, EBRD Director of Agribusiness Department, said that Bank traditionally supports foreign investments in Ukrainian agro-industrial sector. BBH is one of the leading international companies willing to carry out investments in the region, and EBRD is glad to continue the successful collaboration with BBH which began in 1999, he added.

"We are proud that such a respected establishment as EBRD trusts us and continues to develop Ukrainian economy in spite of difficult business climate and political instability in the country", said the Director General of "BBH Ukraine" Peter Chernyshov.

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. According to the data on January 1st, 2007, it took obligations about granting of investments of 2.87 milliards Euro within the framework of more than 130 projects. Only in agribusiness sector EBRD took obligation concerning granting of investments at the sum of 4.4 milliards Euro within the framework of 315 projects in Central and Eastren Europe and in Commonwealth of Independent States.

The purpose of EBRD owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental establishments lies in assistance to transition from central planning to market economy in countries from Central Europe through Middle Asia.

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