Royal FloraHolland secures €195 million loan

Royal FloraHolland has concluded a new credit facility worth €195 million. This will allow them plenty of opportunity to invest over the coming years in digitalisation and daily service provision, among other possibilities.

Steven van Schilfgaarde, Chief Financial Officer at Royal FloraHolland, explained. "We invest in digital to promote continued growth of the marketplace, for which the continued improvement of our daily service provision plays an essential part. With this new facility, we can realise all of our plans for 2018. It is a clear sign of the banks' confidence in our direction."


Left to right: Hans van Hooren (Rabobank), Steven van Schilfgaarde (CFO Royal FloraHolland), Ton van Adrichem (ING Bank) and Tim Bruins (ABN AMRO Bank)

Flexibility
The new credit line from the combined banks, consisting of Rabobank (coordinator), ABN AMRO and ING, extends for five years with an option for two extensions of one year each. This is replacing a credit facility with more banks than these three that was more expensive for Royal FloraHolland. The new credit line increases financial flexibility and considerably reduces the cost compared to the previous credit facility.

"With the sum agreed with the banks of €195 million, Royal FloraHolland is future-proof, and an important precondition is fulfilled for the implementation of the formulated Strategy2020," said Hans van Hooren, Executive Director at Rabobank. "We are proud of having acted as coordinator of Royal FloraHolland's first multi-bank credit arrangement."

Source: Royal FloraHolland

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