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    Reference: 20190076
    Release date: 2 July 2021

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    LUZARO ESTABLECIMIENTO FINANCIERO DE CREDITO SA

    Location

    Description

    Dedicated EIB loan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to finance small and medium-sized projects in Spain, mainly located in the Basque Country.

    Additionality and Impact

    The main purpose of this operation is to facilitate vital financial support to EU SMEs and Midcaps, enabling Luzaro to lend additional resources to allow companies to survive under the extreme conditions caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

    The deterioration of the economic situation in Spain has been dramatic and unparalleled in its depth and velocity to any recession since the Spanish Civil War and the World War II. According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), gross domestic product fell 11% in 2020. That was more than the economy shrank over the five years during and after the global financial crisis that began in 2008. Moreover, given the Basque Country's strong manufacturing industry, the impact of the Covid-19 crisis has been specially strong as industrial companies faced productions stoppages due to supply chain disruptions and workforce dislocations. This operation allows EIB to partner with a local promotional institution to mitigate the adverse consequences of the pandemic through the provision of much needed liquidity.

    In addition, this project eases financial constraints for SMEs and/or MidCaps that arise from information asymmetries caused by the lack of track record for such companies and high screening costs for small investment. By supporting such companies, EIB sends a positive signal to private investors and this incentivizes further financing.

    Objectives

    Financing of small/medium projects carried out by small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Sector(s)

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 50 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    not applicable

    Environmental aspects

    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Procurement

    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.

    Status

    Signed - 22/12/2021

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Spain Credit lines