Gazonor, a Subsidiary of FDE, Signs a €5.8 Million ESG Loan With Arkéa Banque, Confirming Its Virtuous Activity in the Hauts-de-France Region

PONTPIERRE, France, November 28, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

FDE (Euronext: FDE – ISIN: FR0013030152) (Paris:FDE), a carbon negative energy producer, announces that its subsidiary Gazonor has just received support from Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels, a subsidiary of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group, with an ESG “Impulse” loan of €5.8 million.

This funding is dedicated to 100% ESG transition projects, covering the Group’s needs and accelerating its growth strategy

Gazonor is the main producer of gas and green electricity from abandoned mine methane (AMM) in France and Belgium. Through its 4 sites dedicated to AMM capture and electricity production, the Group valorizes this fatal gas in the former mining basins of Hauts-de-France.

Highly committed to environmental transition, FDE provides economically and ecologically competitive energy to residents, communities, and industries in the regions where the Group operates. FDE thus helps avoid more than 3.5 million tons of CO2eq per year, with a portfolio of 22.5 MW of installed electrical capacity, confirming its key role in the ecological transition of these countries. The goal by 2026 is to increase the installed capacity of electricity production to up to 100 MW and significantly contribute to carbon emissions reduction by avoiding the release of more than 10 million tons of CO2eq per year.

In line with its ESG approach, FDE has subscribed to an “Impulse” loan of €5.8 million from Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels to strengthen its subsidiary’s activity through the refinancing of 4 cogeneration units in Lens and Avion with a total capacity of 6 MW. The funds can be deployed by the Group for its growth.

“Impulse” is based on a methodology and indicators that measure the positive impact of well-identified environmental and societal transition projects. The “Impulse” loan targets 42 transition objectives, each with an associated eligibility indicator. This methodology undergoes an annual review by an external third-party to ensure selection in line with transition challenges and market standards.

This loan also allows the Group to benefit from a reduced margin, in a sustained interest rates’ environment. This reduction is partially financed by the support of the “Kéréa Terme Impulse” investment, where investors seek both yield, security and ESG commitment.

A long-term partnership aimed at reducing France’s carbon footprint

Julien Moulin, President of FDE, declares: “The selection of our company for the Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels ESG ‘Impulse’ loan reflects the strength of the Group’s development projects, the quality of its assets, and the tangible contributions to the economic, ecological, and social levels of FDE’s activities. The ambition and success of our Group allow us to obtain competitive long-term financing, achieve economies of scale, and partner with legitimate investors in the territories where the Group operates, such as Arkéa Banque E&I, to accelerate our growth strategy and consolidate FDE’s size and position as a producer with a negative carbon footprint.

Romain Loiodice, Director of the Lille Business Center at Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels, emphasizes: “We are particularly proud to accompany a major player in the energy transition like FDE. After being pioneers in democratizing impact credit, we have implemented a comprehensive ESG system and strengthened our offer with the ‘Impulse’ loan, entirely based on ESG criteria and the non-financial performance of a project. Our ambition, by 2024, is to allocate 50% of our annual production of medium-to-long-term credits to transition projects or structures committed to an ESG approach. The support of FDE is a perfect illustration of this and an example to follow.”

Partnership discussions are also ongoing for other project financings of the Group.

FDE confirms its FY 2026 objectives of annual revenues of more than €100 million, and an EBITDA above €50 million, combined with over 10 million tons of CO2eq emissions avoided per annum

Next announcements:
General Assembly Meeting FY2023: November 30th, 2023

Reuters code: FDEL.PA

Bloomberg code : FDE.FP

About La Française de l’Énergie (« FDE »)
FDE is a negative carbon footprint energy Group, specialized in the implementation via short circuits, of energy recovery and production sites, allowing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. FDE notably supplies regional players with gas, electricity, heat and CO2, thus replacing imported energy with local, cleaner energy. FDE has strong development potential and aims to become a leading independent player in the energy sector in Europe by Bpifrance.
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About Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels
Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels is the subsidiary of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group dedicated to the business markets (SMEs & ETIs), local public and institutional actors, and real estate professionals. The bank supports 15,000 economic players throughout France with its 21 locations. It offers its clients a comprehensive range of services (financing, cash flow management, payment methods, savings, insurance, market operations, UCITS, etc.).
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