MOSCOW, October 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBS Group Holding Limited ("IBS Group" or "the Group") announces its USD 20 Million convertible loan deal with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or "the Bank") in line with its strategy to diversify instruments and sources of financing and in order to reduce borrowing costs.
The loan period will be three and a half years. Loan interest is 6-months LIBOR plus 3% p.a.
The loan, other than deferred interest, may be converted into 700,000 to 900,000 newly issued ordinary shares of the Company, subject to limited blocking rights established for the Company and EBRD. If the loan is not converted, the Company will pay deferred interest at a rate of 9%.
As result, the Company will be able to substantially increase a portion of long-term financing in its credit portfolio and lower its average effective cost of funding. As of March 31st, 2010 the Group's average effective cost of funding was over 10%. By December 31st, 2010, the funding utilization should result in reducing the average effective cost of funding to approximately 6.8%, based on the Group's management forecast.
One part of the funds received will be earmarked for the expansion of the IBS Academy, which provides unique hi-tech education programs to train young professionals in areas of specialisation that are most in demand by the IT market. The IBS Academy project is carried out by IBS IT Services in cooperation with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, which are among Russia's top higher education institutions.
The loan funds will also supplement the Group's capital expenditure program for 2010-2011 financial years including financing of the software development business.
The EBRD is a recognized international financial institution that supports commercial projects in 29 countries from central Europe to central Asia. The Bank promotes entrepreneurship and fosters transition towards open and democratic market economies. The EBRD is the largest direct investor in the region and it also attracts substantial funds from co-investors. Companies requesting an EBRD loan are usually subject to Bank's rigorous due diligence in order to ensure compliance with the EBRD's high lending standards, including sound corporate governance.
"This transaction is part of the EBRD's commitment to support Russia's high-tech sector which holds the key to the modernization and diversification of the country's economy and we are proud to work with such a well-known Russian IT provider," said Alain Pilloux, Head of the EBRD's Telecoms team and Managing Director for Industry and Commerce.
Commenting on the EBRD deal, Anatoly Karachinsky, President & CEO of IBS Group said:
"We are very glad to be in this deal with EBRD, a highly respected international institution. This deal is important for us in two respects. Firstly, we now have access to a source of financing on much better terms than those offered by local funding sources. This will enable us to replace the existing short-term loans, further mitigate financial risks and secure our business growth expectations for 2011 - 2012. Secondly, given the Bank's rigorous selection process for such projects, we believe this deal demonstrates that the Russian technology business in general and our company in particular are viewed as reliable and trustworthy partners."
The EBRD, owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, is supporting the development of market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia.
About IBS Group
IBS Group is the leading Russian IT company. Through two principal subsidiaries, IBS IT Services and Luxoft, it provides a wide variety of information technology services, such as business and IT consulting, business applications implementation, IT outsourcing and software development. IBS Group is headquartered in Russia and has business operations in Russia, Canada, Germany, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, the UK, Ukraine, the USA, Vietnam and Singapore. IBS Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. In 2009 financial year, IBS Group reported US GAAP revenues of $505,1m.
IBS Group's Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) are listed on the Open Market at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Bloomberg: IBSG:GR; Reuters: IBSGq.DE). IBS Group is majority-owned by management; institutional investors hold 34% of the Group's share capital.
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