The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is to support Vicentin, one of the largest family-owned oilseed crushers in Argentina, in its expansion and modernisation plans and will finance permanent working capital.

IFC’s eight-year long-term financing consists of a US$35mn loan and a US$50mn syndicated loan to be completed later this year.

Atul Mehta, IFC’s Director for Latin America, says: “IFC is pleased to continue supporting Argentina’s successful export-oriented companies, which have played an important role in the recovery of the country’s economy.

“This operation shows IFC’s commitment to Argentina’s companies as well as our timely response to changes in the business environment and in companies “needs.”

Jean-Paul Pinard, IFC’s director for agribusiness, notes: “IFC supported the Argentine oilseed sector during the economic crisis by providing much-needed trade financing. Today we are taking the lead in providing companies in this sector with access to long-term credit.”

Herman Vicentin, president of Vicentin, adds: “IFC has been a long-term partner to Vicentin, with support at various stages of our company’s growth. This financing will help consolidate our leading position in one of the most competitive sectors of the country’s economy. ”

Vicentin is one of the largest family-owned oilseed crushers in Argentina, accounting for more than 10% of the country’s capacity for processing of oilseeds. The company currently operates three crushing plants in the province of Santa Fe, at and near the port of San Lorenzo. Vicentin’s operations also include cotton ginning and spinning, and meat processing.
Previous IFC’s financings to Vicentin took place in 1996 and 2002, the latter consisting of a three-year trade finance facility.

Since the start of the financial crisis in Argentina, IFC has played an essential role in supporting its clients in the private sector. IFC remained engaged in Argentina throughout the crisis, having committed over US$358.5mn for its own account since June 2002. The corporation also syndicated US$160mn under its B loan programme over the same period.