LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TriLinc Global Impact Fund (“TriLinc” or the “Company”) announced today that it recently approved $38.6 million in term loan and trade finance transactions with companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The transaction details are summarized below.
TriLinc is an impact investing fund that provides growth-stage loans and trade finance to established small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in developing economies where access to affordable capital is significantly limited. Impact Investing is defined as investing with the specific objective of achieving a competitive financial return as well as creating positive, measurable impact in communities across the globe.
TriLinc recently approved $38.6 million in term loan and trade finance transactions that meet the Company’s requirements for underwriting, economic development, and societal advancement, as described below:
On March 1, 2018, TriLinc funded $1,087,660 as part of an existing $11,000,000 revolving senior secured trade finance facility with a mobile phone distributor based in Hong Kong, which specializes in the trading and distribution of mobile phones, cameras, music players and home appliances. The borrower was appointed to be the exclusive distributor in India of high quality, affordable mobile phones for a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment company. Priced at 10.00%, the transaction is set to mature on May 30, 2018 and is secured by receivables, personal and corporate guarantees, a collection account, and properties in Hong Kong, with a collateral coverage ratio of 1.23x. India has the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world, and TriLinc’s financing will support the distribution of mobile phones throughout the country that are both high quality and affordable. In addition to expanding access to technology within India, the borrower maintains an active corporate social responsibility program in India that is focused on bringing technological education to the youth in West Bengal.
On March 1, 2018, TriLinc funded $1,500,000 as part of an existing $8,000,000 senior secured revolving receivables trade finance facility to a global metals trader based in the United Kingdom and operating in Africa. With an interest rate of six month Libor + 6.00%, the transaction is set to mature on August 29, 2018, and is secured by a bill of exchange and sales contracts, with a collateral coverage ratio of 1.36x. TriLinc’s financing will facilitate the trade of London Metal Exchange-registered, full plate nickel cathodes, which are used extensively as inputs in infrastructure development projects worldwide.
Between March 13, 2018 and March 28, 2018, TriLinc participated in two separate transactions, totaling $10,592,240 as part of a new $10,750,000 senior secured trade finance facility to a soft commodity exporter in Cameroon. The transactions are set to mature between October 13, 2018 and October 29, 2018, and are secured with a pledge of goods, pledge over benefits of sale, and credit insurance on off-takers. The company sources from approximately 1,500 local smallholder farmers, providing them with a consistent market to sell their product while also offering subsidies for agricultural inputs in order to cost-effectively enhance crop yield and quality.
On March 16, 2018, TriLinc funded $630,452 as part of an existing $15,000,000 senior secured 4.2-year term loan to a consumer lender in Colombia that services public sector employees and retirees within small and medium size government agencies throughout the country. Priced at 11.24%, the transaction is set to mature on August 1, 2021, and is secured by the portfolio of payroll deduction loans and all cash flow stemming from such assigned deduction loans, with a cash flow coverage ratio of 1.1x. The borrower anticipates that TriLinc’s loan will assist the borrower in originating new payroll deduction loans, which would provide middle income consumers with timely and flexible financing for voluntary private consumption.
Between March 20, 2018 and March 29, 2018, TriLinc participated in six separate transactions, totaling $5,421,970 as part of an existing $10,000,000 senior secured trade finance facility with four different Nigerian soft commodity exporters that source crop at farm gate from local, smallholder farmers and then process them for export. The transactions are set to mature between October 3, 2018 and October 20, 2018 and are secured by a pledge of goods, assignment of proceeds, and insurance coverage.
On March 26, 2018, TriLinc funded $325,000 as part of an existing $4,300,000 three year term loan facility with an existing borrower, the Grain Processor in Uganda, to purchase property to transform into arable farm land and a storage and handling facility. Priced at 13.50%, the transaction is set to mature on December 31, 2020, and is secured by a master security agreement, mortgage over the financed property, personal guarantees from the owners, and corporate guarantees from the holding company, among others, with a cash flow coverage ratio of ≥1.29x. With the purchase of this land, it is anticipated that the borrower will create local jobs, enhance grain storage capacity, recruit thousands of farmer suppliers to support its grain processing business, and increase local food supply. Through one of the company’s holdings, smallholder farmers in western and southern Uganda are provided with market, agricultural, and financial services. By improving farmers’ access to reliable and value-responsive pricing for their products, the company is encouraging farmers to use quality inputs and equipment to maximize their crop yield and productivity, therefore aiding in increasing food security in the region. The Company’s main offtakers, located across Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, use the maize to produce products, such as nutrient-enriched ready-to-use therapeutic food, to meet the nutritional demand of the region’s growing population.
On March 26, 2018, TriLinc funded $19,000,000 as part of a new $19,000,000 five year senior secured term loan facility with a mobile telecommunications company operating in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Gambia, and DRC. Priced at three month Libor + 9.75%, the transaction is set to mature on March 28, 2023 and is secured by share pledges, bank accounts, receivables, political risk insurance policies, and assignment of intellectual property, with a cash flow coverage ratio of 2.02x. The company provides access to quality, affordable mobile and data services in urban and rural areas, and aims to increase regional competition to grow mobile penetration, decrease telephone tariffs, inspire product and service innovation, and create employment and sales training opportunities throughout the countries it operates in.
“TriLinc’s recent investment activity demonstrates our commitment to supporting SMEs that are providing access to essential goods and services in the communities in which they work,” said Gloria Nelund, CEO of TriLinc. “By financing companies, like the mobile network operator that is enhancing local infrastructure development and stimulating the flow of information and resources among its consumer base, TriLinc aims to support local economic development and competitiveness in the marketplace.”
About TriLinc Global Impact Fund
TriLinc is a non-traded, externally managed, limited liability company that makes impact investments in SMEs in developing economies that provide the opportunity to achieve both competitive financial returns and positive measurable impact. TriLinc invests in SMEs through experienced local market sub-advisors, and expects to create a diversified portfolio of financial assets consisting primarily of collateralized private debt instruments. In addition, the Company aggregates and analyzes social, economic, and environmental impact data to track progress and measure success against stated objectives.
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