Attractive financing
for rolling stock

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EUROFIMA's has a non-profit mission to support the development of public passenger rail transportation in Europe and to support the railway bodies which are its shareholders in renewing and modernizing their equipment.

 

ATTRACTIVE
LOANS

 

LEAN LOAN DOCUMENTATION

 

MEMBERSHIP COOPERATIVE MODEL

EUROFIMA finances railway equipment through borrowings or equity capital. EUROFIMA secures title to or obtains security interests deemed equivalent (in particular pledges) on or in respect of equipment.

EUROFIMA’s equity is primarily used for investments in liquid assets and, to a limited extent, for equipment financing contracts.

Approval Process

EUROFIMA’s core activity and public mission consist of supporting the development of public passenger rail transportation in Europe by providing its shareholders, 25 national railway operators, and other railway bodies with cost-effective financing to renew and modernize their railway equipment. The eligibility criteria and general procedures for granting this support are outlined in EUROFIMA’s constitutive documents (Basic Agreement, Convention, Statutes) as well as in its Internal Policy Guide.

The conservative lending policy paired with the various layers of support granted in the constitutive documents result in a high-quality and resilient loan portfolio, which has never suffered a loss in the entire history of EUROFIMA.

Requests for financing from railway operators are evaluated through a thorough approval process consisting of three phases:

INTERNAL DUE DILIGENCE

EUROFIMA’s internal teams appraise the economic, financial, legal and technical aspects of each railway project and evaluate any potential risk related to it. Particular emphasis is put on the technical and economic evaluation of the rolling stock which collateralizes the requested financing. If necessary, external consultants are involved to support the internal due diligence.

APPROVAL FROM GOVERNING BODIES

The General Assembly sets the amounts which can be borrowed and subsequently used for lending purposes. The Board of Directors approves the financing requests

MONITORING

Upon conclusion of the financing, EUROFIMA monitors the implementation of the railway project, the status of rolling stock collateral and any systemic risk that may deteriorate its position as lender.

Making an
impact

3000

LOANS

200.000

ROLLING STOCK FINANCED

90 billion

FINANCED IN CHF

0

LOAN LOSSES

4.1

LEVERAGE RATIO

55..4%

BASEL III RATIO

Projects

DISTRIBUTION OF EQUIPMENT FINANCING CONTRACTS

(amounts in EUR ‘000) Principal at December 31, 2019

Member State Railway EUR %
Germany(1) DB AG  200 000 2.1%
France(1) SNCF  216 580 2.2%
Italy FS 1 236 647 12.8%
Belgium SNCB 1 883 519 19.4%
Netherlands NS   0 0.0%
Spain RENFE 1 535 100 15.8%
Switzerland SBB 2 453 742 25.3%
Serbia ŽS  39 605 0.4%
Luxembourg CFL  130 000 1.3%
Austria ÖBB 1 547 609 16.0%
Portugal CP  250 000 2.6%
Greece OSE  106 100(2) 1.1%
Czech Republic CD   0 0.0%
Hungary MÁV   0 0.0%
Slovakia ŽSSK  24 106 0.2%
Croatia   0 0.0%
Slovenia  29 743 0.3%
Bulgaria BDZ   0 0.0%
Montenegro ŽPCG   0 0.0%
Denmark DSB  40 688 0.4%
Total principal 9 693 438 100.0%
Difference to book value  489 369  
Total book value 10 182 807  


(1) Germany and France hold 22.6% of EUROFIMA's share capital each through their fully owned state railways DB AG and SNCF and are thus related parties together with their railways
(2) all of which assumed by Greece

As per its by-laws, EUROFIMA finances the acquisition and modernization of railway equipment. As of December 31, 2019, the outstanding financing relates to the following equipment which is also held as collateral.

 

EQUIPMENT AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2019

Railway Locomotives Multiple-unit trains Passenger cars Freight cars Infra-structure Equipment Total
mainline shunting motor units trailer cars in fixed formation not in fixed formation
diesel electric   diesel electric  
DB AG  0  50  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  50
SNCF  0  0  0  0  18  72  0  0  0  0  90
FS  14  279  1  127  265  262  0 1 483  0  0 2 431
SNCB  0  91  31  60  519  270  0  277  0  27 1 275
RENFE  60  100  0  0  584  716  0  0  0  0  1460
SBB  0  2  0  0  611  695  0  46  0  0 1 354
CFL  0  0  0  0  56  28  0  53  0  0  137
CP  0  0  0  15  154  176  0  0  0  0  345
ÖBB  6  155  48  24  258  239  243  62 2 167  142 3 344
OSE  0  12  0  15  0  14  0  0  0  0  41
ŽS  0  2  0  24  0  0  0  0  0  0  26
ŽSSK  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  28  0  0  28  
 0  12  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  12
DSB  0  0  0  0  20  10  0  0  0  0  30
Total  80  703  80  265 2 485 2 482  243 1 949 2 167  169 10 623

EUROFIMA either holds title to the equipment until the financing has been completely reimbursed or it holds a direct or indirect security interest deemed equivalent, particularly pledges. The equipment is recorded in the company’s register with its number and type. Each railway is responsible for maintaining the equipment. In case of damage or loss, the equipment must be replaced without delay and at the railway’s expense. If a railway does not fulfill its obligations, EUROFIMA has the right to repossess the equipment to cover its exposure. The railway continues to assume responsibility for all contracts into which it has entered with the company. EUROFIMA has never experienced a loss due to the failure of a railway to assume its contractual obligations.


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FAQ

  • What is EUROFIMA?

    EUROFIMA European Company for the Financing of Railroad Rolling Stock is a supranational organization located in Basel, Switzerland. It was established in 1956 based on an international treaty signed by 25 European sovereign States so far.

  • Who are EUROFIMA's Member States?
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Belgium
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Luxembourg
    • Portugal
    • Austria
    • Greece
    • Sweden
    • Serbia
    • Czech Republic
    • Croatia
    • Hungary
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Bulgaria
    • FYR of Macedonia
    • Montenegro
    • Turkey
    • Denmark
    • Norway
  • Who are EUROFIMA's shareholders?

    Deutsche Bahn AG
    SNCF Mobilités
    Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A.
    SNCB
    NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen
    RENFE Operadora
    Swiss Federal Railways
    Luxembourg National Railways
    CP-Comboios de Portugal, E.P.E.
    ÖBB-Holding AG
    Hellenic Railways
    Näringsdepartementet, Sweden
    Akcionarsko društvo Železnice Srbije
    České dráhy, a.s.
    HŽ Putnički prijevoz d.o.o.
    Hungarian State Railways Ltd.
    Javno preduzeće Željeznice Federacije
    Bosna i Hercegovina d.o.o.
    Železničná spoločnost’ Slovensko, a.s.
    Slovenske železnice d.o.o.
    Holding BalgarskiDarzhavni Zheleznitsi EAD
    Javno pretprijatie Makedonski Železnici-Infrastruktura
    Željeznički Prevoz Crne Gore AD
    TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş.
    Makedonski Železnici-Transport AD
    Danish State Railways
    Norwegian State Railways

  • Who does Eurofima finance?

    Eurofima finances railroad rolling stock for public passenger transport services. For Eurofima rolling stock means wagons, locomotives and multiple units. Eurofima supports its shareholder railways as well as other railway bodies in renewing and modernizing their equipment.

  • Is EUROFIMA a bank?

    Eurofima is not a bank. It is a supranational organization that fulfils a non-profit maximizing mission to support the development of rail transportation in Europe.

  • I would like to have more information about EUROFIMA, who can I contact?

    Dr. Jacqueline Haverals
    Head of Shareholder and Strategic Relations
    Tel: +41 61 287 33 57
    E-mail: jacqueline.haverals@eurofima.org

    Dimitrios Lazaris
    Analyst of Shareholder and Strategic Relations
    Tel: +41 61 287 33 58
    E-mail: dimitrios.lazaris@eurofima.org

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