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February 7, 2002

Money Lenders Banking On Ethanol

As the ethanol industry continues its $3.7 billion build-out over the next three to five years, banks and money lenders are looking to get a piece of the ethanol action.

Many of the cooperative owned ethanol ventures across the country have performed feasibility and site studies to determine if ethanol is a viable direction to head, but they often come up short collecting the capital to proceed with construction. Farmer investments, equity drives, and stock sales often provide the projects with only 25% of the capital needed to build a plant. Grants, municipalities, and Ag related companies usually provide another 15%, leaving about 60% of the remaining capital to be borrowed from banking institutions.

Mark Schmidt, Commercial Load Officer with AgStar Financial Services (Rochester, MN), a leading major lender in the ethanol market, said, "Ethanol producers need to come up with a 40-50% down payment to get these facilities going. To build a greenfield 40 million gallon per year ethanol plant, you would have to come up with at least $20-$25 million dollars in equity and down payment."

Some of the emerging ethanol players are ready to proceed with construction and enter the market but cannot come up with enough working capital to start engineering design and construction. The ethanol market will not sit still while companies struggle to find cash.

Only about five major lenders in the U.S. are specifically perusing the ethanol market and with capital investments projected to reach over $3.8 billion in the next three years, we should expect to see more bankers banking on ethanol.
 

 

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