€47 million made available to micro-businesses in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Noviti Finance, Lithuania's alternative non-bank business financier, have signed a portfolio guarantee agreement under which almost €47 million will be lent on preferential terms to micro-businesses in Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland.

The EIF guarantee is provided under the European Union’s InvestEU program. It is expected that around 2,640 microloans will be signed under this program and micro-enterprises with up to ten employees and annual revenues of up to €2 million will be able to borrow up to €50,000. Businesses will not be asked to pledge any assets, and, in some cases, loans will even be granted without collateral. Loans will be granted for both investment and working capital purposes.

European Commission Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis said:

“InvestEU plays a crucial role in helping small EU businesses get the financing they need to grow, innovate and create jobs. Thanks to today's new InvestEU agreement, micro-businesses in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland will benefit from loans that are tailored to their needs. This will enable them to overcome the obstacles they face in accessing finance so that they can reach their full potential.”

CEO of Noviti Finance Linas Armalys welcomed the fact that the new guarantee will open up the possibility for even more companies to obtain finance on more favourable terms. “Micro-enterprises with up to ten employees account for 84% of all small businesses operating in Lithuania. However, they are the ones that have most difficulty accessing finance. Small businesses have much smaller needs and often have no tangible assets to pledge. The situation is similar in neighbouring countries such as Latvia and Poland. In all three countries, this program will make a significant contribution to the availability of finance for small businesses.”  

Under two previous agreements with the EIF, Noviti Finance disbursed loans to micro-enterprises in a much shorter timeframe than anticipated. The first EIF guarantee of €10 million in 2020 was deployed within 16 months. Last year's guarantee of €12.5 million in loans was disbursed even faster — within a year. As many as 1,305 companies received concessional finance under this agreement.

At the beginning of 2023, Noviti Finance also started providing business loans in Poland, where it plans to finance more than 200 small businesses and distribute €3 million in loans this year.

The company estimates that in Lithuania last year, small and medium-sized businesses borrowed, on average, for 27 months and the average loan amount issued was around €16 000. In Lithuania, 75% of all loans granted by Noviti Finance were guaranteed by the EIF. In Latvia, the percentage was even higher at 91%.

More details: https://www.eif.org/index.htm


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