Desdelsur S.A.’s $30 Million Loan


Nicholson y Cano and Manzano, López Saavedra & Ramírez Calvo advised on the transaction

Desdelsur S.A. secured a $30 million credit facitility from IDB Invest.

The financing consists of an A/B loan in favor of Desdelsur S.A. for up to US$ 30.0 million with a 7-year term (5 years, in the case of Loan B), with two years’ grace and a collateral guarantee acceptable to IDB Invest. The A/B loan will be distributed in equal amounts between IDB Invest and Lender B for the purpose of financing: (I) US$ 11.2 million of Desdelsur’s growth capital investment (livestock and industrial) for 2018 and 2019 and to finance a consultancy for the design and implementation of the mandatory corporate governance action plan included in the Loan Agreement; (ii) US$ 8.8 million in permanent working capital to cover the structural needs increase of Desdelsur’s business cycle; and (iii) US$ 10.0 million for the refinancing of commercial bank loans whose funds were allocated to capital investments for DDS’s agro-livestock activities during 2018 (the “Project”).

Desdelsur S.A. is the main pulse production, processing and export company in Argentina, with 6.6% of the national market share, and one of the largest producers of steers for export to Northeast Argentina. The company was founded in 1986 by José Macera, current stockholder and CEO, for the sale of grains, oils and other agricultural products. In 1990, Desdelsur ventured into the production of pulses, starting a period of capital investments for the purchase of estates, machinery, and the construction of the first processing plant in Salta. In 2005, as part of its vertical integration activities, the company created the livestock division, which focuses on pasture rearing and feedlot fattening to leverage the corn resulting from the agronomic management of the land dedicated to pulses.

Nicholson y Cano advised IDB Invest with a team including Mariano Fabrizio (Picture) and Gonzalo Rivas Orozco.

Manzano, López Saavedra & Ramírez Calvo advised Desdelsur with Ricardo Ramírez Calvo.

Involved fees earner: Ricardo Ramírez Calvo – Manzano López Saavedra & Ramírez Calvo; Mariano Fabrizio – Nicholson & Cano Abogados; Gonzalo Rivas Orozco – Nicholson & Cano Abogados;

Law Firms: Manzano López Saavedra & Ramírez Calvo; Nicholson & Cano Abogados;

Clients: Desdelsur S.A.; IDB Invest;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti.