du refinances existing debt facilities with more favourable terms through $1.17 billion funding package

DUBAI: Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, today announced three separate financing deals amounting to $1.17 billion. These are a combination of refinancing existing debt facilities on more favourable terms coupled with an additional $250m of new facilities to finance future Capital Expenditure.

The move lowers the company’s funding costs, saving approximately $9 million over the term of the loan due to the favourable margins agreed with the banks involved.

Osman Sultan, du’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We have taken the opportunity of the historical low interest rate environment to refinance some of our existing debt and have been able to negotiate very favourable terms strengthening our balance sheet further. In addition, as we continue to roll out our data offerings, we have secured additional financing for our capital expenditure programme, again at very competitive rates. The structure of this financing will save us $9 million in costs, increasing shareholder value and providing scope for future growth.” The refinancing represents a $720 million Club Deal provided by ADCB, NBAD and Samba Financial Group that will replace two existing debt facilities, $220 million three-year loan due to expire in June, $500 million five-year facility due to expire 2017 and The club deal is a five years facility at a margin of 120 basis points (bps) over the London interbank offered rate (Libor), and an all-in cost of 140 bps, saving the company $7 million over the five years.

And for the Equipment Financing Breakdown, Standard Chartered Bank has provided a $300m facility, which includes the refinancing of the existing $100 million facility held with them plus an additional $200m of new facilities. This is a 5 year loan at a margin of 115bps and an all in cost of 140bps, saving the company $1.2 million over five years.

DBS Singapore has provided a $150m facility, which includes refinancing the existing $100m facility held with them, plus an additional $50m of new facilities. This is a 3 year loan at a margin of 120bps over libor and an all in cost of 140bps. The new term will save the company $800,000 over three years.

The new funding terms follows the recent announcement of du’s financial results for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2013, which showed another year of solid performance for the company on all main indicators: revenue, EBITDA and Net Profit.

SOURCE: WAM