The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Banco BPI a total of EUR 350 million through a EUR 300 million loan to finance investments of mainly small and medium-sized companies and an additional EUR 50 million loan aimed at financing corporate energy efficiency investments in Portugal.
EIB Vice-President, Román Escolano, and Banco BPI CEO, Fernando Ulrich, have signed today in Lisbon the first EUR 300 million tranche of a total EIB EUR 400 million loan that will contribute to provide funding with favourable interest rates and longer tenor for Portuguese SMEs (firms up to 250 employees) and midcaps (firms with up to 3.000 employees) in order to foster economic growth and employment creation in Portugal. Around 30% of the total loan could be used to finance small projects implemented by public sector entities, notably municipalities and local enterprises throughout Portugal.
This is the fifth EIB operation with Banco BPI under the same framework aimed at supporting small and medium-size Portuguese companies in order to facilitate sustainable growth. The last one was a EUR 300 loan signed in 2014 that has promoted more than 1.300 projects in different sectors of industry and services.
Additionally, the EIB has signed today with Banco BPI a EUR 50 million loan under the EIB and European Commission’s new Private Finance For Energy Efficiency (PF4EE) instrument. This EIB financial support will foster the development of energy efficiency and small renewable energy investments mainly in the corporate sector in Portugal.
The PF4EE instrument combines three elements. The first consists of an EIB loan to improve the funding conditions of the energy efficiency investments financed by local banks. The second component provides partial risk protection on partner banks’ loans. The third element will strengthen the lending capacity specifically targeted at energy efficiency investments by passing on technical and financial expertise gained from similar schemes elsewhere in the EU.
This latter EIB funding and risk sharing with the European Commission will facilitate the implementation of measures such as the improvement of roofs, walls, windows and energy equipment in buildings, the modernisation of lighting systems and the installation of technologies that will allow the use of clean energy in industrial production for self-consumption. Therefore, this EIB 50 million loan to BPI will contribute to reduce CO2 emissions and to improve energy efficiency. The projects to be financed are located in Portugal.