Green recovery financing for small and medium-sized Nordic companies

Is your green business suffering from the current economic challenges?

NEFCO is now offering fast-track green recovery financing for Nordic small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The SME Green Recovery Loan Programme can be used to finance investments and business activities that support international growth following the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our aim is to help your green business grow as planned on global markets despite the crisis.

Who can apply?

  • Nordic small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) with commercialised green solutions that face challenges to realising international growth due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial requirements of borrower

  • Equity ratio of at least 25% (measured after NEFCO investment)
  • At least EUR 100,000 in equity or the same as the required loan amount
  • At least 3 consecutive years of sales revenue

Terms and conditions

  • Possible loan amount ranging from EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000
  • Loan maturity is max. 5 years
  • Repayment in equal semi-annual instalments
  • Interest rate on market terms, indicatively 8-12%
  • Loans offered do not require security from the borrower
  • Establishment fee of EUR 1,500 payable after the signing of the Loan Agreement

Where and how?

  • For investments and working capital related to the company’s internationalisation on global markets outside the Nordic countries
  • Environmental requirements: The financing provided should contribute to at least one of the objectives defined by the EU Taxonomy
  • Applications are processed via a fast-track mode

Scope of project?

Financing under the SME Green Recovery Loan Programme should be used for activities that support international growth, including for international business development and sales, investments aimed at internationalisation and/or as working capital needed to maintain or further develop international operations and business activities.

Typical projects may be related to the following sectors:

  • industry
  • waste handling
  • water technology
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • building technology
  • materials
  • food industry
  • aquaculture
  • agriculture

How we work

We are ready to take a financial risk if there is a green upside. The real risk is not going green.

The environmental evaluation will follow the principles of the EU Taxonomy framework and the financing provided should contribute to at least one of the objectives defined in the Taxonomy. Please note that applicants will be requested to fill in a separate environmental and sustainability questionnaire at a later stage. Read more about our environmental criteria and guidelines for the projects that we finance.

As an international financial institution, we have a range of other policies and guidelines that will help you understand how we work both internally and with our partners and customers. Click to read more.

How to apply

As the crisis is here and now, we aim to make fast decisions to help you proceed as soon as possible with your internationalisation project.

Download the application form. Please note that Adobe Reader is required to fill in the application form.

Add the following attachments to the application:

  • The applicant company’s three (3) most recent audited annual financial statements
  • Current interim figures if financial records are older than six (6) months, profit and loss statement, and balance sheet
  • Financial statements for the group (If applicable)
  • Cash flow projections for the preferred NEFCO loan period
  • Confirmation letter of bank account number from the company’s bank
  • Applicant company’s certificate of registration document

In addition we provide a template for your investment and financing budget.

To download the necessary forms, scroll down on the page to ‘Related publications’.

Should you wish to get more information before applying, you can contact us through the contact form. You can also contact our investment managers directly by email or phone.

Contacts

Vivi Avikainen

Investment Manager

+358 10 6180 661
vivi.avikainen@nefco.fi
Swedish, Finnish, English

Amund Beitnes

Investment Director

+358 10 6180 658
amund.beitnes@nefco.fi
Norwegian, English, Russian, Spanish

Dennis Hamro-Drotz

Senior Investment Manager

+358 10 6180 641
dennis.hamro-drotz@nefco.fi
Swedish, Finnish, English

Fredrik Larsson

Investment Adviser, Consultant, Sweden

+46 72 218 3711
fredrik.larsson@nefco.se
Swedish, English

Helena Lähteenmäki

Investment Director

+358 10 6180 633
helena.lahteenmaki@nefco.fi
Finnish, Russian, English, Swedish

Bo Nyhus

Investment Director

+358 10 6180 665
bo.nyhus@nefco.fi
Danish, English, Russian

Søren Rasmussen

Investment Manager

+358 10 618 0674
soren.rasmussen@nefco.fi
Danish, English, Swedish, Finnish

Thor Thorsteinsson

Vice President, Green Transition Nordic SMEs

+358 10 6180 657
thor.thorsteinsson@nefco.fi
Icelandic, Swedish, English

Mikael Reims

Vice President, Origination

+358 10 6180 670
mikael.reims@nefco.fi
Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, English

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