EFS – Project Loan

In the dynamic world of business, seizing opportunities in the international market often requires substantial financial support. The Enterprise Financing Scheme – Project Loan (EFS-PL) is a lifeline for Singaporean businesses looking to embark on secured overseas projects. This initiative, spearheaded by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), offers a range of financial solutions, all designed to empower businesses on their global ventures. In this article, we will delve into the details of the EFS-PL, covering its overview, eligibility criteria, benefits, and application process.
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Key Facts about the EFS – Project Loan

The EFS-PL is a specialized financing scheme that caters to the unique needs of enterprises engaged in secured overseas projects. It encompasses various supportable loan types, including working capital loans, investments in factories, buildings, land, equipment, machinery, vessels, and other fixed assets. This comprehensive coverage ensures that businesses have access to the necessary capital to execute their projects successfully.
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Loan Amount
Up to S$50 million.
The duration of the application process can vary depending on several factors. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.
Key Requirements

1. Company registered in Singapore;

2. 30% or more local shareholding;

3. Group Annual Sales Turnover not exceeding S$500 million.

Benefits of the EFS – Project Loan

Supportable Loan Types

  • Working Capital Loan: Businesses can access working capital loans through the EFS-PL to ensure smooth operations during the execution of their overseas projects. This vital financial support helps cover day-to-day expenses and enables businesses to respond flexibly to evolving project demands.
  • Factory, Building, or Land (includes Purchase, Renovation, Construction): The EFS-PL extends its support to enterprises looking to invest in infrastructure for overseas projects. This includes financing for the purchase, renovation, or construction of factories, buildings, and land, offering businesses the physical assets they need for project fulfillment.
  • Equipment, Machineries, Vessels, Other Fixed Assets, Machinery Hire Purchase: Acquiring necessary equipment, machinery, vessels, and other fixed assets is often critical for the success of overseas projects. EFS-PL allows businesses to secure financing for the procurement of these essential resources, facilitating project execution.
  • Guarantees: Ensuring project security and mitigating risks is paramount. EFS-PL offers guarantees on behalf of the applicant to cover payment obligations to third parties.

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Eligibility Criteria for the EFS – Project Loan

To be eligible for the EFS-PL, businesses must meet specific criteria:

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Singapore company: The applicant must be a company registered in Singapore.

Local Equity: Companies must have at least 30% local equity, held directly or indirectly by Singaporeans or Singapore PRs, as determined by ultimate individual ownership.

Annual Sales Turnover: Enterprises should have a Group Annual Sales Turnover not exceeding S$500 million to be eligible for EFS-PL financing.

SSIC Codes: Enterprises registered with SSIC codes beginning with 41, 42, or 43 may apply for the enhanced EFS-PL to support domestic projects.

Project-Related Fixed Assets: Fixed assets acquired through the loan must be used to fulfill contractual obligations under the project. They must be associated with secured sales orders or projects and cannot be used solely for general working capital or operating expenses.

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How to Apply for the Enterprise Financing Scheme

Applying for the EFS-PL is a straightforward process that involves the following steps:

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