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Slovenia's Mercator concludes additional security for Fortenova loan

Author Radomir Ralev
Slovenia's Mercator concludes additional security for Fortenova loan Author: Agrokor. License: All rights reserved.

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), October 8 (SeeNews) - Slovenian retailer Mercator [LJE:MELR] has concluded additional security for the 480 million euro ($555 million) loan extended by Croatia's Fortenova Group to refinance senior debt, it said.

Mercator pledged for the benefit of Fortenova, the successor to collapsed food-to-retail concern Agrokor, all its shares in subsidiary Mercator-Emba, the Slovenian company said in a filing with the Ljubljana Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Furthermore, Mercator assigned to Fortenova by way of fiduciary assignment its current and future bank account receivables, as well as the ones of Mercator-Emba, Mercator IP and M - Energija, it said.

Earlier this month, Mercator said it borrowed 94.9 million euro from Fortenova under a 480 million euro loan made available in April 2021. In April, Mercator utilised 385 million euro of the loan to refinance debt.

Mercator had been part of Agrokor from 2014 until April 2019, when all Agrokor assets except Mercator were transferred to Fortenova under a debt settlement agreement with Agrokor's creditors.

($ = 0.86461 euro)

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