GSM Project secures $5M loan financing from BDC Capital and EDC

GSM Project has raised $5 million in debt financing from BDC Capital Growth & Transition Capital and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Founded in 1958, GSM Project designs and produces immersive, interactive and educational visitor experiences. GSM Project has offices in Dubai and Singapore and collaborates with a wide range of clients all over the world to create immersive, educational, and memorable visitor experiences. GSM Project has designed exhibitions for major museums across the globe, such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Canadian Museum of History, the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, and At The Top, Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

BDC Capital and EDC extended the loan to support the current international growth of this established Canadian SME and to better position the company for upcoming opportunities in the Middle East and in Eastern Asia.

“This financing will help us to finance operations, especially the large projects we are implementing in new geographical markets, including Dubai and other areas of the Middle East. We are very proud to receive this support for our international development and to contribute in return to the influence of the Canadian economy on the international scene,” said Annie Derome, CEO, GSM Project.

“GSM Project is exactly the type of modern, high-potential Canadian company that EDC wants to help scale-up internationally, so that they can bring their creative service to some of the fastest growing economic regions of the world,” said Frank Trentadue, Montreal district manager, EDC. “This financing also showcases how EDC and BDC can work seamlessly together on joint solutions that meet the working capital needs of Canadian companies looking to take on major contracts around the world.”

“BDC Capital and EDC brought together their complementary expertise to propose a financing structure that provides the cash necessary for GSM Project’s current projects with the flexibility to repay the loan when new liquidities become available, while protecting the investment of its senior lender,” said Mathieu Rinaldi, director, Growth & Transition Capital, Montreal for BDC Capital who led the deal with Michael Luca, financing manager, International Growth Capital, Montreal from EDC.

“GSM Project has experienced strong growth over the last few years, thanks in large part to its strategic efforts to develop the Asian and Middle Eastern markets. It will now continue to build up its presence in the region in order to take advantage of the many opportunities it sees coming in the near future,” explained Benoit Mignacco, managing director, Growth & Transition Capital, BDC Capital.

photo credit: GSM Project

Ted Liu

Ted Liu, M.Sc. (Mining, Queen's), MBA (Finance, Toronto), is the Editor of Private Capital Journal, CanadaMetals.ca, TechWire.ca, and the former Editor of Canadian Private Equity. Ted has been passionately tracking Canadian private capital industry since 1992, having most recently served as Research Director for The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA).

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