New deal offers The Greenery fresh start

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Mike Knowles

BY MIKE KNOWLES

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New deal offers The Greenery fresh start

Following several years of restructuring, the Dutch produce marketer has secured new financial backing

New deal offers The Greenery fresh start

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Dutch fresh produce company The Greenery says it has drawn a line under its recent financial difficulties following the agreement of a new loan deal with three major lenders.

The company's executive board said in a statement that it had signed a new financing deal with Deutsche Bank, Rabobank and DLL, a breakthrough that apparently provides the group with the backing it requires to pursue current activities and strategic goals.

Central to the new funding arrangement is a loan of €40m agreed over a period of three years, with an option to renew twice a year. In addition, the facility consists of a credit line of €20m and a guarantee facility of €10m.

Philip Limvers, chief financial officer of The Greenery, said the new deal represented a new chapter in the company's history. "With this new funding The Greenery is closing off a period of restructuring, in which debts have been reduced and non-core businesses have been sold," he commented. "We are pleased that these three leading lenders have shown confidence in a healthy financial future for The Greenery."

Chief executive Steven Martina added: "The Greenery can look forward again and now has a good position to grow in its target markets."

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