The EBRD provided Fama, the third largest manufacturer of milk products in Bulgaria, with a €5.5m mezzanine loan to finance the company’s investment programme.
Fama is the Bulgaria’s third largest manufacturer of milk products, in a dairy market which remains highly fragmented.
The loan will enable Fama to expand its market share by building its own distribution network in Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv, the company’s largest regional markets. The company will also launch the production of added value products, such as long-life milk, while outsourcing low-margin products.
In addition, the EBRD funds will help Fama to refinance its short and medium-term loans, strengthening its balance sheet.
GED Eastern Fund II, the private equity fund which owns Fama, is co-financing the project with additional €2.5 million.