The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Software AG have signed a loan agreement of up to €130 million. The loan will back Software AG’s research, development and innovation (RDI) activities related to its future enterprise software portfolio. In particular, the RDI programme will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) offerings for industry, such as cloud integration, streaming analytics and machine learning technologies, as well as digital business transformation products and services.
EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle, responsible for EIB operations in Germany, said: “Without digitalisation the pandemic would have struck our economy much harder than it already has. Digital solutions have kept businesses going and supply chains intact, and helped to safeguard jobs and income. For the first time, many people realised the opportunities digitalisation has to offer. The EIB supported Europe’s digitalisation efforts early on and we are ready to do much more to drive a competitive and digital European economy. That is why we are pleased to back companies such as Software AG that develop cutting-edge, digital solutions that drive the digitalisation of Europe’s businesses and industry.”
CFO of Software AG Matthias Heiden added: “We are on a path of transformation that is dramatically changing how our customers engage with our software for the better. Flexibility and resilience have never been more important for businesses. We are helping our clients to achieve these goals. And the EIB is helping us to do the same.”
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2022 was a successful year for the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group in Germany, with overall financing increasing by 20% to €6.61 billion compared with the previous year. With the new government dedicated to greening the economy, both private and public companies turned to the EIB for support for long-term investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) priced its first ever £50 million digital bond using a combination of private and public blockchains operated and accessed via HSBC Orion – the bank’s tokenisation platform. It follows the recently adopted Luxembourg legal framework tailored to allow for the issuance, transfer and custody of dematerialised securities on distributed ledger technology (DLT) infrastructure.
The new operation being undertaken by BNL BNP Paribas and the EIB Group, which comprises the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF), focuses on the real economy and is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (with fewer than 250 employees), and mid-caps (companies with fewer than 3 000 employees). The Minerva 3 operation is technically a synthetic securitisation (with no asset assignment) on a portfolio of the bank’s performing loans.