Corporacion Dinant S.A. de C.V.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED INVESTMENT

This Summary of Proposed Investment is prepared and distributed to the public in advance of the IFC Board of Directors’ consideration of the proposed transaction. Its purpose is to enhance the transparency of IFC’s activities, and this document should not be construed as presuming the outcome of the Board decision. Board dates are estimates only.

Project number 27250
Company nameDINANT
CountryHonduras
SectorPalm Vegetable Oil
Environmental categoryB
Date SPI disclosedNovember 13, 2008
Projected board dateDecember 15, 2008
Department
StatusActive
Previous EventsInvested: November 5, 2009
Signed: April 3, 2009
Approved: January 26, 2009
Overview

Project description
The project will consist of a corporate loan to Corporacion Dinant S.A. de C.V. (“Dinant”), a vertically-integrated palm oil and food company in Honduras. The company is seeking funds primarily to:

- increase production capacity in its snacks and edible oils divisions;
- expand and upgrade its distribution network;
- develop young palm oil plantations; and
- build a biogas facility to generate electricity for own and third-party consumption.

Sponsor/Cost/Location

Project sponsor and major shareholders of project company
The project sponsor is Mr. Miguel Facusse Barjum, a Honduran national.
Total project cost and amount and nature of IFC's investment
The project cost is estimated at $75 million. The proposed IFC investment is a $30 million loan facility for IFC’s own account.
IFC investment as approved by Board
30 million (USD)
Product LineIFC Investment (million USD)
Risk Management 
Guarantee 
Loan30
Equity 

* These investment figures are indicative
Location of project and description of site
The company is headquartered in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It owns palm oil plantations across the Aguan and Lean Valleys, and operates two palm oil mills and an edible oil refinery near the cities of Tocoa and La Ceiba. The company also operates a port storage facility at Puerto Castilla; owns vegetable greenhouses and a food processing plant in the Comayagua Valley; and has a snacks plant in San Pedro Sula.

Development Impact

Anticipated development impact of the project
Honduras seeks to expand economic opportunities for the poor, particularly in rural areas. The agriculture sector is one of the main sources of employment in these areas. The palm oil industry in Honduras directly and indirectly benefits almost 5,000 families along the country’s Atlantic coast. Dinant employs approximately 4,500 permanent and 2,500 temporary workers, 30% of which are women.

Local palm oil companies like Dinant have helped develop infrastructure in remote rural regions and have provided an outlet to industrialize smallholders’ palm fruit. In all, there are about 2,300 small palm fruit producers supplying the local palm oil milling industry, 1,000 of which supply the company.

IFC's expected development contribution
IFC uniquely contributes extensive regional and sector experience, environmental, health and safety best practices, and contributes financing that matches the Company’s need for long tenor and risk appetite.
Environmental and social issues - Category B
This is a Category B project under IFC’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability because a limited number of specific environmental and social impacts may result which can be avoided or mitigated by adhering to generally recognized performance standards, guidelines, design criteria, local regulations and industry certification schemes.  Oil palm plantation development is occurring on existing, cleared agricultural land, and there is no destruction of or impact on critical habitat involved.  Land acquisition is on a willing buyer-willing seller basis, and there is no involuntary displacement of any people.  There are no indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands in the area and the Pech community near the Company’s Aguan operations is not expected to be adversely affected by the project.  The company is working to actively upgrade its environmental protection capabilities, and will ensure that its operations meet international standards for the sector.  As a result, the Category B designation is appropriate.

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Contacts

For inquiries about the project, contact:
Coporacion Dinant
Apartado Postal 684
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Attention: Olvin Francisco Andino
Vicepresidente de Asuntos Ambientales y Sociales


(504) 239-8172

ambiente@dinant.com
www.dinant.com

For inquiries and comments about IFC, contact:
General IFC Inquiries
IFC Corporate Relations
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20433
Telephone: 202-473-3800
Fax: 202-974-4384

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Local access of project documentation
The relevant environmental documents are available in the the Municipal offices of the Department of Cortés (San Pedro Sula), Department of Atlántida (Tela), Department of Colon (Tocoa), Department of Comayagua (Ciudad de Comayagua).

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