Citrusvil is an Argentinian company that grows, processes, and sells lemons and lemon derivatives. The company, domiciled in Tucumán, has more than 7,500 hectares of lemon trees on 21 farms, supplying approximately 65% of the fruit it packs or processes. It has its own nursery with capacity of approximately 256,000 plants. Citrusvil has the capacity to process about 350,000 tons of lemon per year to produce juice in concentrate, essential oil, and dehydrated peel. It also has two fresh fruit packing units with capacity to pack 3 million cases (50,000 pallets). The products are exported all over the world from Buenos Aires’ various ports in containers or in bulk, with the main markets being the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Canada, the Middle East, and the Far East.
The purpose of the loan is to refinance short-term debt and support a second Grupo Lucci company. The IIC began a relationship with Grupo Lucci in 2011 through long-term financing granted to agribusiness company Viluco SA. The A/B loan for up to US$65 million with have a tenor of five years and a 12-month grace period. Rabobank and Banco Itaú will be the initial participants.