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SIMEST. Is a Financial Institution controlled by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, participated by leading Italian Banks and Confindustria – the General Confederation of Italian Industry

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Simest

SIMEST

Is a Financial Institution controlled by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, participated by leading Italian Banks and Confindustria – the General Confederation of Italian Industry

SIMEST provides financial instruments and services to support Italian companies on foreign markets


Simest supports italian companies in all phases of development abroad

SIMEST supports Italian Companies in all phases of development abroad

Company activities

SIMEST instruments

Export of capital goods

Interest rate subsidy and stabilization for export credits

Development programmes

Beneficial-rate loans for programmes for the inclusion on foreign markets

Improving and safeguarding SMEs equity solidity

Financing of the capitalization of exporting SMEs

Search of business opportunities

Business scouting and match making activities

Feasibility studies or technical assistance programmes in non EU countries tied to Italian investment abroad

Financing with subsidiazed interest rate

  • In non EU countries:

  • SIMEST (and Venture Capital) equity participation in the foreign company

  • Interest rate reduction on the financing of the Italian Company equity share

  • In EU countries:

  • SIMEST participation in the capital stock of Italian companies and for their subsidiaries in EU

Investing in foreign companies

Technical Assistance and training programmes

Subsidised financing of technical

assistance programmes


Simest

To promote investments of Italian companies in foreign enterprises.

SIMEST participation up to max 49% of the foreign company equity, for a duration of 8 years max.

The acquisition of equity shares by SIMEST can be related either to new or already existing companies.

SIMESTEquity participation in extra EU companies

Objectives

Terms


Simest

Financing support covers 90% of the applicant Italian company’s equity share, up to 51% of the investee company’s total capital. Therefore, if the equity capital exceeds 51%, the financial support is equal to 90% of 51% of the foreign company’s capital

Equity shareholding in extra EU companies

Support available for financing Italian share


Venture capital fund

Venture Capital Fund

SIMEST + VCF

Maximum share of 49% of the total equity of the local company.

SIMEST + FVC share, in any case, will not be higher than the total share held by the other Italian partners.

max. 8 years, in any case within the terms established for SIMEST participation

No guarantee is required for the buy-back of the VCF share.

For the VCF share a remuneration is due equal to the European Bank rate + 0,50 spread.

Terms

Duration

Guarantee

Remuneration


Simest and the venture capital fund

SIMEST and the Venture Capital Fund

Italian

SIMEST

+

VentureCapitalFund

Private Partners

Local

Up to 49%

foreign company

Interest rate support for financing Italian share


Support for programmes to break into foreign markets

Support for programmes to break into foreign markets

Purpose

Eligible countries

Eligible expenses

  • Financing of programmes for the inclusion on foreign markets, aimed at the launch and spread of new products and services, or at the acquisition of new markets for existing products and services

  • The programme must be implemented in countries not belonging to the European Union

  • Structural costs (setting up and running of permanent structures, etc.)

  • Promotional costs (shows and trade fairs, advertising, training, consulting, etc.)

  • Miscellaneous intervention costs (25% of the total of all previous costs)


Support for programmes to break into foreign markets1

Support for programmes to break into foreign markets

Duration of financing

Interest rate

The programme must be developed in the period running as from the date on which the application is presented. It must be completed 2 years after the loan agreement is drawn up. The loan will be repaid over the next 5 years.

These periods may be reduced upon request by the business

Fixed for the duration of the financing and equal to 15% of the reference rate. In any case, this rate must be no less than 0.50% annually


Financing for the capitalisation of exporting smes

Financing for the capitalisation of exporting SMEs

Financing aiming to stimulate, improve and safeguard the solidity of the equity of SMEs

that have recorded average export sales for the last three years accounting for at least 20% of the total, and which, at the time of supply, are constituted in the form of an SpA

The loan may not exceed € 500,000.00 and 25% of the capital stock of the applicant business. The loan will be supplied in accordance with the application of the Community ‘de minimis’ Regulation

Purpose

Support available


Financing for the capitalisation of exporting smes1

Financing for the capitalisation of exporting SMEs

  • The first stage – supply and pre-amortisation stage – starts as from the date of supply and ends at the end of the 2nd year subsequent to that date.

  • The second stage – repayment stage – starts at the end of the supply and pre-amortisation stage and ends 5 years later

Stage of financing


Support for export credits

Support for export credits

To allow Italian exporting firms to offer foreign buyers/contractors medium and long-term deferred payment on terms that are in line with those granted by competitors in other OECD countries (Supplier credits,Buyer credits)


Support for export credits1

Support for export credits

Eligible exports

Support available

Machinery and plant installations, studies, services in all countries

Italian businesses

Up to a maximum of 85% of the value of the export contract (at least 15% in cash).

The amount of financing eligible for support is up to 100% of the value of the goods and services of Italian origin


How we can support joint venture projects abroad

SIMESTFROM IDEA TO BUSINESS

How we can support joint venture projects abroad

1. Exploratory phase and project definition

Subsidised financing of the feasibility study

  • Advisory and financial assistance

  • Technical, legal and corporate assistance

  • Planning and implementation of the investment project

  • Economic and financial analysis


How we can support joint venture projects abroad1

SIMESTFROM IDEA TO BUSINESS

How we can support joint venture projects abroad

2. Financial structuring of the project

  • Financial assistance services

  • Assistance for project funding


How we can support joint venture projects abroad2

Local partner

SIMEST share

SIMEST Participation

VCF share*

VCF Participation

Italian share (private partners)

Contribution for interest reduction on share financing

SIMESTFROM IDEA TO BUSINESS

How we can support joint venture projects abroad

3. Risk Capital

(*) max participation SIMEST+VCF = 49%


How we can support joint venture projects abroad3

SIMESTFROM IDEA TO BUSINESS

How we can support joint venture projects abroad

4. Training programme for local staff

Subsidised financing of training costs


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