|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
Note 11 - Loans
Composed as follows:
The Finance Agreement also requires the payment of commitment fees equal to 0.5% per annum calculated on the undrawn and un-cancelled amount of both the Senior Loan and the VAT Line and certain additional payments, including an arranging fee and annual agency fee.
The Company's Italian subsidiary undertook to comply with the following financial covenants verified at each repayment date starting from the first installment of the Senior Loan and up to the final redemption date:
DSCR (Debt Rate Cover Ratio): equal or greater than 1.25:1;
LLCR (Loan Life Coverage Ratio): equal or greater than 1.25:1; and
Debt/Equity: equal or less than 80:20.
As of December 31, 2018, the financial covenants were met.
Following the entry into the Facility Agreement as set forth in Note 10, the Company repaid the entire loan.
Groen Gas Oude Tonge, Groen Gas Oude-Tonge Holding B.V. (the entity that holds the permits and subsidies in connection with the Oude Tonge Project and is wholly-owned by Groen Gas Oude Tonge), Ludan, and Ellomay Luxembourg entered into a senior project finance agreement (the “Oude Tonge Loan Agreement”), with Rabobank, that includes the following tranches: (i) three loans with principal amounts of €3,150 thousand (with a fixed interest rate of 3.1% for the first five years), €1,540 thousand (with a fixed interest rate of 2.9% for the first five years) and €160 thousand, (with a fixed interest rate of 3.4% for the first five years), for a period of 12.25 years, repayable in equal monthly installments commencing three months following the connection of the Oude Tonge Project’s facility to the grid and (ii) an on-call credit facility of €100 thousand with variable interest.
As of December 31, 2018, an amount of €4,850 thousand was withdrawn on account of these loans. In connection with the Oude Tonge Loan Agreement, the following securities were provided to Rabobank: (i) pledge on the present and future rights arising from the feedstock purchase agreement, the EPC agreement, the O&M agreement, the SDE subsidy, the various power and green gas purchase agreements, and the green gas certification supply agreement, (ii) pledge on all present and future (a) receivables arising from business and trade, and (b) stock and inventory including machinery and transport vehicles of Groen Gas Oude Tonge and Groen Gas Oude Tonge Holding B.V.; (iii) all rights/claims of Groen Gas Oude Tonge and Groen Gas Oude Tonge Holding B.V. against third parties existing at the time of the execution of the Loan Agreement, including rights from insurance agreements.
In connection with the Loan Agreements, Ludan and Ellomay Luxemburg, the Company wholly-owned subsidiary: (i) provided the following undertakings to Rabobank: (a) that Groen Goor and Groen Gas Oude Tonge will not make distributions to its shareholders for a period of two years following the execution of the Loan Agreement, (b) that Groen Goor will not make distributions or repurchase its shares so long as the equity (including oweners loans) to total assets ratio of Groen Goor is less than 40%, (c) that in the event the equity (including oweners loans) to total assets ratio of Groen Goor and Groen Gas Oude Tonge will be below 40%, its shareholders will invest the equity required in order to increase this ratio to 40%, pro rata to their holdings in Groen Goor and Groen Gas Oude Tonge and up to a maximum of €1.2 million, and (d) that they will provide the equity required for the completion of the Goor Project and (ii) provided pledges on their respective rights in connection with the shareholders loans which each provided to Groen Goor and Groen Gas Oude Tonge, which loans shall also be subordinated by Ellomay Luxembourg and Ludan in the favor of Rabobank. As of December 31, 2018, the financial covenants were met.
Shortages in liquidity as a result of exceeding the construction budget and/or extension of start-up costs of the Goor Project and the Oude Tonge Project shall be provided by Ludan and Ellomay Luxembourg and not financed by Rabobank.
In addition, the Company provided a guarantee to Rabobank for the fulfillment of Ellomay Luxemburg’s undertakings set forth above.
In connection with these loans, the Talmei Yosef project company provided charges on its rights in the PV Plant, notes, equity, goodwill, on all assets of the PV Plant and on future receivables from the IEC and undertook customary limitations and undertakings, including maintaining the following financial ratios: (i) upon withdrawal of funds on account of the loan framework (based on milestones), maintaining an annual Historic ADSCR (Average Debt Service Coverage Ratio), a Projected ADSCR and a Projected LLCR (loan life coverage ratio) of 1.25:1.00, (ii) upon a distribution of profits from the project company, maintaining a Historic ADSCR, a Projected ADSCR and a Projected LLCR of 1.20:1.00, and (iii) throughout the term of the loan, maintaining an annual ADSCR and a Projected ADSCR of 1.05:1.00 for the following 12 months and maintaining an LLCR of 1.08:1.00.
As of December 31, 2018, the financial covenants were met.
The loans provided under the Facility Agreement bear an annual interest rate equal to the Euribor 6 month rate plus a margin of 185 basis points. The Facility Agreement includes customary terms, including requirements to maintain financial ratios, various securities provided by the Subsidiaries and a pledge on the shares of the Subsidiaries and subordination agreement provided by Ellomay Luxemburg, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary and the parent company of the Subsidiaries. The Facility Agreement provides for a cross-collateralization mechanism among the Subsidiaries, whereby each Subsidiary shall guarantee each other’s obligations under the Facility Agreement and the other finance documents for a maximum guaranteed amount up to 180% of the relevant Subsidiary’s loan facility. In addition, the Company provided guarantees in connection with specific exposures, one in the amount of approximately €1.8 million (an amount that is gradually reduced to zero on January 1 of each of the years 2019-2021) and the second in amounts ranging between approximately €1.0 million up to a maximum of €1.5 million through the date the loans under the Facility Agreement are repaid in full.
In connection with the Facility Agreement, on May 29, 2018, the Subsidiaries entered into interest swap agreements effective from the first repayment date of June 2018 for an amount of approximately €25 million equal to 75% of the overall amount of the term loan facilities (with a decreasing notional principal amount based on the amortization table) until May 2028, replacing the Euribor 6 month rate with a fixed interest rate of 0.71%, resulting in a fixed annual interest rate of 2.56%.
B. The aggregate annual maturities are as follows:
D. Movement in liabilities deriving from financing activities
The disclosure of borrowings. [Refer: Borrowings]
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2009/role/commonPracticeRef