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Zain KSA extends loan payment for five years

Saudi telco gains five year extension for repayment of outstanding $2.3bn

Zain KSA extends loan payment for five years

Zain Saudi Arabia has gained an extension on the outstanding $2.3bn it owes on a Murabaha facility.

The telco extended the maturity date of the syndicated Murabaha facility for five years, to July 31, 2018.

The facility has been restructured as an amortising facility, 25% of which will be due during the fourth and fifth years of the loan, with 75% due at maturity.

The new arrangement will carry a decreased profit margin by around 18% compared to the previous agreement, with the possibility for further reduction in line with the improving credit metrics.

The agreement followed "long and detailed discussions" with investors, Zain KSA said.

The bookrunners of the facility are Al Rajhi Bank (ARB), Arab National Bank (ANB), Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) and Credit Agricole CIB (CACIB).

The mandated lead arrangers are ARB, ANB, BSF, Boubyan Bank, CACIB, Gulf Bank (Kuwait), National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Saudi British Bank.

Zain KSA said that the extension marked "the final stage" of the firm's balance sheet reorganisation, following the $325m export credit agency facility in June 2012, the capital restructuring and rights issue in July 2012 and the $600m junior debt facility in June 2013.

"This reorganisation leaves the company extremely well positioned, with solid liquidity and a long-term debt maturity profile, to take full advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities available in the fast-growing Saudi telecom market. In addition to its strong balance sheet, the company also benefits from significant financial and managerial support from sponsor Zain Group, as well as a very attractive deferred payment arrangement in respect of its regulatory charges, which was announced recently," the telco said in a statement.

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