February 22, 2024
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Lhyfe successfully closes its first corporate syndicated loan for an amount of €28 million


Lhyfe, a leader in the production of green and renewable hydrogen for transportation and industrial applications, announces it has successfully closed a €28 million financing package with its banking partners.

Lhyfe successfully closes its first corporate syndicated loan

Complementing a sound financial structure (€127.7 million of cash & cash equivalents as at 30 June 2023), the company has secured new loans for a total of €28 million, strengthening its financial resources to keep supporting the deployment of its strategy.

This bank financing package consists of:

  • A €22.2 million green syndicated bank loan, indexed to Euribor, with a 5-year maturity and a bullet repayment. The green facility agreement was structured by Crédit Agricole Group, and supported by BPCE Group, HSBC and Crédit Mutuel Ocean. It includes a clause to increase the amount, which is valid for two years.
  • Two fixed-rate financing lines granted by Bpifrance for a total of €5.8 million, with 8 years and 15 years maturities.
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    This achievement is a testimony of the support of Lhyfe’s banking partners in the roll-out of its industrial strategy. It enhances the company’s financial resources to support its development, diversify its sources of funding and strengthen its balance sheet. It also represents a key milestone for the industry, which needs all public and private stakeholders’ support to achieve its decarbonisation ambitions.

    Building on its commercial portfolio, Lhyfe aims at becoming one of the leaders in the production of green hydrogen in Europe, by deploying green hydrogen sites to decarbonise industry and mobility. By 2025, Lhyfe’s ambition is to be a major player for bulk green hydrogen production both in France and Germany. With two new up to 2 tpd production sites inaugurated in France this month and 5 additional sites currently under construction mainly in France and Germany, the industrial scale-up is underway.

    “We are proud to have arranged this first syndicated green financing for Lhyfe, which becomes the first green and renewable hydrogen player in France to sign such a deal. In the nascent industry of large-scale green hydrogen production, this financing reflects the support and trust of our banking partners in Lhyfe’s strategy and ambitions, at a time when the industrial scale-up is accelerating. It will enable Lhyfe to go on implementing its strategy of developing, constructing and operating production units, and paves the way for its becoming a leading player in the renewable hydrogen production space,” commented Maria Pardo Saleme, Lhyfe’s Chief Financial Officer.

    Lhyfe was advised in this transaction by Redbridge Debt & Treasury Advisory as financial advisor and Linklaters LLP as legal advisor. Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank acted as Bookrunner, Documentation Agent and Green Structuring Advisor, HSBC acted as Credit Agent and Watson Farley & Williams LLP acted as legal advisor to the banks.

     

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