Telecom Egypt signs $500m medium-term syndicated loan

20 Oct 2018

Arab Finance: Telecom Egypt (ETEL) has signed a USD 500mn medium-term syndicated loan, which will be used to support its capital and operational expenditure, and refinance an existing short-term facility.

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC (FAB) and Mashreq Bank PSC (Mashreq) were mandated as Joint Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers of the facility. FAB is the facility agent for the transaction and Mashreq Bank is the designated Account Bank.

The final syndicate of banks is as follows:

Mandated Lead Arrangers & Bookrunners

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Mashreq Bank PSC

Mandated Lead Arrangers

Arab Bank PLC - Bahrain

Union National Bank PJSC

National Bank of Kuwait

Arab Banking Corporation BSC

Lead Arrangers

Ahli United Bank BSC

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Limited - DIFC branch

Arrangers

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait KSCP - DIFC branch

Attijariwafa Bank

ICICI Bank Limited - Bahrain branch

Bank of Jordan Company

BMCE Bank International PLC

Ahmed El Beheiry, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Telecom Egypt’s USD 500mn medium-term syndicated loan was 1.46× oversubscribed, which reflects the confidence of the respected international financial institutions in the company’s financial and operational strength. Telecom Egypt has previously announced that its board of directors approved obtaining the 5-year syndication arranged by First Abu Dhabi Bank and Mashreq Bank on 10 May 2018. The aim of the facility is to convert our short-term USD overdrafts into longer-term loans to enable the company to repay installments in line with its cash flow generation.

Telecom Egypt Press Release 2 The facility will also ensure the flexibility to finance Telecom Egypt’s working capital needs as well as to invest in its 4G infrastructure. The facility comes in line with our financing strategy, which is to enhance and reduce the financing expenses incurred and drive growth by contributing to the launch of mobile services, the overhauling of the fixed internet infrastructure in Egypt, and the expansion of Egypt’s international network. This will enable our vision of turning Egypt into a digital route and a regional hub to host international content developers in addition to our new direction to expand in IoT services.”

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