“The N5.6 billion credit from the Bank of Industry would be used for additional machinery, factory expansion and value chain development, which would create jobs for Nigerians and increase the company’s capacity to support the country’s economy.”
Mr. Per Kristensen, Finance Director, Promasidor Nigeria (PNL) said that what this means is that Promasidor has the needed funds to pursue its growth in machinery, backward integration, production plants and create more jobs.”
He added that the facility was a vote of confidence on the company’s untainted financial integrity, high credit rating and exceptional corporate governance practice.
“The near single digit interest loan is guaranteed by First City Monument Bank Limited. You cannot compare this with any other commercial loans in the country.
“The loan comes with comfort because it is denominated in local currency. For the period of seven years, the only risk is the interest rate, which is minimal. We are going to repay in Naira and the process is very transparent. We are excited about the development.
It will give us additional opportunity to contribute to the growth of the country’s economy,” he said.
Kristensen said that repayment of the loan was structured over seven-year tenure, including a 12-month moratorium.
The Promasidor Head of Legal and Corporate Communications, Mr. Andrew Enahoro said, “the company and BoI had shared passion and interest in supporting job creation and the economic growth of the country. BoI’s interest is to support business expansion, stimulate jobs and create social values.
These are fundamental to BoI’s support for any organisation. Promasidor, on its part, has plans to expand its different plants and develop other exciting products.
If we employ additional 500 people as a result of the credit, it is just the beginning of the impact it will create.
He added that the company would have to look at other multiplier effects of its spending and that of the employees that would come on board on the economy as well as other indirect jobs that would be created”.