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Structured and Project Finance at Ex-Im Bank: 

Structured and Project Finance at Ex-Im Bank A Quick Introduction

What You Will Learn Here: 

What You Will Learn Here What cases does the Structured Finance Division handle? What is the difference between “project” and “structured” finance? What are the basic principles of a limited recourse structure? How long will my PF transaction take to process? Who at Ex-Im gets involved in PF transactions?

The Structured Finance Division: 

The Structured Finance Division The SFD handles transactions that are: corporate credits (no bank or sovereign guarantee) for over $10 million “structured” limited recourse project financings

Structured & Project Finance: What is the Difference?: 

Structured & Project Finance: What is the Difference? Structured (Typical) Existing company borrower financing an expansion Full recourse to borrower Analyze historical & projected cash flows Limited “perfection of security” Can finance 85% of project costs (subject to U.S. content rules). Project Finance SPV borrower financing a greenfield project or expansion Limited recourse to parent companies Analyze project’s future cash flows Complex documentation to perfect security More than 15% equity required, so total debt provided less than 85%

Terms (OECD guided): 

Terms (OECD guided) Structured Finance Pay interest during construction (IDC) Maximum repayment term usually 10 years Flexible amortization in some cases limited by WAL of 5 to 6.25 years Finance for: local costs connected to export contract, ancillary fees Project Finance Capitalize IDC Maximum repayment term usually 14 years Flexible amortization limited by WAL of 7.25 years Finance for any local costs up to 15% of U.S. contract value and ancillary fees


PF Project Structure Input Contracts Guaranteed supply of inputs to project SPV Made up of project sponsors that provide equity. SPV is the borrower. Off Taker Provides revenue stream to project. Must be creditworthy. EPC Likely source of U.S. content. Must show technical experience. O&M Contract with capable firm extends beyond repayment term. Host Government Legal /regulatory framework & evident support

Top Questions to Ask Yourself: 

Top Questions to Ask Yourself What is being exported from the U.S.? Is the transaction CLS compliant? (based on the borrower for structured transactions and the offtaker for limited recourse deals) What structure are you proposing? If yours is a limited recourse transaction: Who are the sponsors? How much equity is provided? Is the offtaker creditworthy? Who is your financial advisor?


PROJECT FINANCE PROCESS: Phase I letter of interest complete application received advisor & counsel retained project finance consultation PPL issued or project rejected 7-14 days 45 days internal review complete 5 days


PROJECT FINANCE PROCESS: Phase II PPL issued 35 days Sponsor/Ex-Im negotiation of key financial terms internal board action Congressional review complete final Board approval time for issue resolution document execution disbursement financing negotiations conditions precedent

The Ex-Im Bank Team: 

The Ex-Im Bank Team International and Domestic Business Development Structured Finance Division Other parts of the Bank General Counsel Engineering and Environment Country Risk Analysis Board of Directors Credit Review and Compliance Asset Monitoring

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