Project detail - Sun King Financing Limited

Sun King Financing Limited

Status: Approved investment
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Who is our customer

Sun King Financing Limited is a securitization vehicle acquiring pay-as-you-go receivables from Greenlight Planet Kenya Limited, the Kenyan subsidiary of Greenlight Planet Inc. The company, active under the brand name Sun King, is one of the leading providers of energy access products in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s business model in Kenya consists of the distribution and financing of various solar-powered energy solutions, through a Pay-As-You-Go offering. Customers pay off their system and associated devices through pay plans that vary in length.

What is our funding objective?

The objective of the investment is to allow the company to continue its expansion of its Pay-As-You-Go Business in Kenya. The proceeds of the funds will directly be used to fund the acquisition of receivables, allowing the company to shorten its inventory cycle, assisting the general scale-up of the business. FMO’s Green and Reducing Inequalities Labels (partially) apply.

Why do we fund this investment?

The company provides clean and green first time energy access to households in areas with unreliable or non-existent grid connection. Increased energy access contributes to productivity of households and economic growth, and helps power small businesses. FMO provides financing in Local Currency, which reduces the risk profile of the company.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

The investment is categorized as a B category. Activities come with potential limited adverse risks associated with waste management and labour conditions. The following Performance Standards are triggered by the transaction: PS 1 Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts, PS 2 Labor and Working Condition, PS 3 Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention, PS 4 Community Health, Safety and Security. PS 5 is not triggered as there is no land acquisition (corporate facility). PS 6 is not triggered as no Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources were identified. PS 7 is not triggered because no impacts on local groups qualifying as Indigenous were identified. PS 8 is not triggered as no cultural objects or places were identified.

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