Loan to support WayCool’s journey into a global food supply chain and logistics player
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has extended a 100% guarantee to WayCool Foods’ latest round of fund raise of U$5.5 Mn through debt financing from IndusInd Bank Ltd. It follows the Series C round of US$32 Mn led by Lightbox earlier this year. Setuka Partners LLP was the advisor to the current transaction.
DFC’s financing to WayCool comes through IndusInd Bank in the form of a 100% guarantee. The loan is to be deployed through IndusInd Bank’s Impact Investing division, which will support WayCool Foods’ expansion plans.
Chennai based startup WayCool Foods plans to use the funds to introduce advanced technology, implement strict hygiene measures, and increase transportation efficiency to reduce food spoilage and improve farmer yields, thus contributing to food security. This will also allow the company to strengthen food distribution across South India.
Karthik Jayaraman, Co-Founder and CEO, WayCool Foods said, “WayCool has been steadily building necessary technology and operational capabilities to operate robust agrifood supply chains from soil to sale. We welcome DFC and IndusInd Bank as partners in this journey and believe that this partnership is an endorsement of WayCool’s ability to lead transformation within the sector.”
DFC, America’s development bank, provides financing to address critical challenges across emerging markets globally. The investment in WayCool Foods demonstrates DFC’s commitment to supporting India’s food and agriculture distribution sector. The investment has been finalized after a stringent due diligence process.
On associating with WayCool Foods, Ajay Rao, Director – Social Enterprise Finance Team, DFC, said, “We are proud to work together with the remarkable team at WayCool to solve some of the most pressing challenges in India’s agricultural sector. We look forward to this collaboration during these critical times and are thrilled to support WayCool’s efforts to enhance food security in India.”
The loan is deployed through IndusInd Bank’s Impact Investing Group. The DFC guarantee enabled the bank to provide an equivalent of Rs. 35 Crores loan to WayCool, IndusInd Bank said in a statement. The structure is significant as it helps in mobilizing local capital for WayCool, also it eliminates foreign exchange rate fluctuation risk from the balance sheet of WayCool, it added.