›  News 

EIF commits EUR 30 million to PMI Italia II, a private debt fund managed by Finint SGR

This new EIF investment operation will help support new development projects benefiting Italian SMEs. Thanks to the EIF’s participation, PMI Italia II will have EUR 110 million in available funds, with a target closing of EUR 150 million by June 2020. Launched in January 2019, the Fund had already completed EUR 32 million worth of investments via nine operations as of 31 December 2019

The European Investment Fund (EIF, part of the EIB Group) has signed an agreement with Finint Investments SGR to join the investor pool of the PMI Italia II private debt fund. The EIF investment of EUR 30 million is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), Private Credit Tailored for SMEs, and has disposable resources of EUR 110 million.

Thanks to the capital provided by EIF, PMI Italia II, the third private debt fund of Finint SGR, is able to provide resources to finance, promote and support the growth and internationalisation of Italian SMEs.

The Fund’s target closing is EUR 150 million by June 2020. One of the Fund’s strengths is that Finint SGR has a significant track record in private debt fund management of over EUR 250 million and 65 operations.

PMI Italia II is a closed-ended private debt fund, reserved for accredited investors and is intended for investment in debt instruments, chiefly Italian SME bond issues, with a maximum tenor of nine years and a three-year investment period. PMI Italia II will focus its investment selection on Italian SMEs via a structured, independent process based on cash flow stability, export orientation, sound, transparent governance and stable, realistic development and growth plans. The portfolio instruments will mainly be senior medium and long-term debt securities, with a rating of at least B+ or equivalent.

Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy, said: “I am proud that 300,000 SMEs are already benefitting from improved access to finance in Italy thanks to agreements under the Investment Plan for Europe. Small and medium businesses in Europe still face the challenge of obtaining the necessary financing to grow, develop and take on more staff. Today’s agreement is a step forward to ensure that SMEs benefit from alternative funding solutions.”

“For an operator like us, which aims to bring the capital market to Italian SMEs”, said Mauro Sbroggiò, CEO of Finint Investments SGR, “doing it using supranational capital makes us very proud. It is rewarding also that following a process of intense due diligence, the EIF’s team has acknowledged our experience and professionalism in the private debt asset class in Italy. PMI Italia II can now number among its cornerstone investors Fondo Italiano d’Investimento and Fondo Europeo per gli Investimenti: this is an important step in terms of private capital growth, which is one of Finint SGR’s key strategies and will be one of our growth drivers over the coming three years. We are planning to launch a private equity fund and hope to repeat the positive experiences that private debt has given us in contributing to the growth and development of Italian SMEs.”

"This operation is designed to support the growing private credit market across Europe and we are pleased to work with Finint Investments SGR to offer this new type of financing to SMEs operating on the Italian market. In the context of rapidly changing market realities, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to help SMEs access the financing they need. For small businesses, diversified debt funds are an important alternative to standard bank loans”, said EIF Chief Executive Alain Godard.

Next Finance , March 5

Send by email Email
Viadeo Viadeo


News Institutional investor appetite is back for quant funds

The recent CTA performances encourage institutional investors to more closely monitor this type of hedge fund. Thus, according to Preqin, 52% of them wish to increase their exposure to this type of alternative strategy this year (vs 14% last (...)

© Next Finance 2006 - 2020 - All rights reserved