Mezzanine/Growth Fund

The Mezzanine/ Growth Fund (MGF) manages EUR 38.5 million (BGN 75.3 milion) in public resources from Operational Programme Innovation and Competitiveness 2014-2020 co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The instrument is expected to raise additional private financing of at least EUR 16.5 million (BGN 32.3 milion).

The MGF supports the development of competitiveness among Bulgarian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at a mature stage of business development. It will provide access to alternative financing for SMEs with a growth potential planning to expand and improve their operations, enter new markets, and develop new products or services. The amount to be invested in each enterprise will range between EUR 2.5 million and EUR 7 million (BGN 4.9 and BGN 13.7 milion).

The implementation of this financial instrument will bring about increased productivity and export potential of Bulgarian SMEs. Along with the business objectives, the instrument will focus on strengthening the management capacity and corporate governance of the investees.The MGF support will be provided in the form of equity and quasi-equity investments, most of which in the form of mezzanine financing.

Mezzanine financing is a type of quasi-equity investment between equity and debt financing. Generally, it enables enterprises to raise risk financing without necessarily having to transfer a significant portion of their equity to the new investor.

The investment term of the MGF is 5 years, with a life term of the fund of 10 years, with a possible extension for up to two years.

Current status of the instrument: On 21 May 2019 were opened the initial offers, received in the tender for award of public procurement contract with respect to the Mezzanine/Growth Fund. At the public session the committee announced the negotiation dates and the topics to be discussed.

Detailed information on the award procedure to select a fund manager for the Mezzanine/ Growth Fund. as well as the respective documentation, is available on the website of the Fund of Funds, under the heading of „Buyer Profile“, at  http://fmfib.bg/bg/buyer/procedure/37