An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of Dijament’s shareholders voted unanimously to increase the firm’s debt by € 33.1m and provide a € 40m guarantee for debt at related companies Frikom and Sloga (both owned by Agrocor, majority owned by Dijamant). Dijamant will raise € 22.1m from Raiffesen International Eastern European Finance Holding and € 11m from Raiffeisen Bank. The company did not disclose the conditions for the loans.
We expect this debt increase to boost Dijamant’s total debt-to-equity ratio from approximately 0.8x to 1.3x. Although this ratio still implies only medium leverage at the company, we see some risk attached to Dijamant becoming guarantor for the loans to Frikom and Sloga. We assume that the debt will probably end up being transferred to Croatian-based Agrocor. However, this has not been officially confirmed and Dijamant has not disclosed any information on the terms of the loans. A similar case recently occurred at Vital (Serbia’s second largest edible oil processor), where majority owner Invej decided to raise debt to finance operations and used Vital as a guarantor. Dijamant’s stock is not liquid and has not been traded for the past three months. We expect a negative market reaction to the news.