The transaction consists of a senior loan with a term of 30 months (the "Transaction”) to Empresa de Distribución Eléctrica Metro-Oeste, S.A. (“EDEMET”) and Empresa de Distribución Eléctrica Chiriquí S.A. (“EDECHI”). EDEMET and EDECHI (“Naturgy Panama” or “the Companies”) have more than 600,000 residential clients and account for 62.67% of total electricity sales in Panama. The loan will be allocated US$80 million to EDEMET and US$40 million to EDECHI, for a total of US$120 million.
The purpose of the Transaction is to provide working capital to the Companies to compensate for the lack of liquidity resulting from the deferral of electricity bills during the four-month moratorium approved by the Government of Panama (Law 152 of May 4, 2020) intended to help end-users affected by the economic crisis caused by the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The beneficiaries of this Transaction will be the Companies’ end users.