Dubai Duty Free

Dubai Duty Free Names Banks To Arrange $750m Expansion Loan

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has picked Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Emirates NBD, and Standard Chartered to arrange a $750 million loan to fund the company’s expansion at the world’s second-busiest airport and improve its capital structure. DDF’s new dollar-denominated transaction will be priced at 225 basis points (bps) over the London interbank offered rate (Libor). This is 25 bps inside the revised pricing on the dollar tranche of the previous loan. No lifespan for the facility, which will be arranged. The loan is structured so that banks can commit to either a conventional tranche or one compliant with Islamic principles.

DDF concludes repricing of existing senior unsecured conventional and Islamic financing facilities

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has successfully concluded the repricing of its $1.75bn debut facility arranged in 2012. The Repricing was well received by the market with support from its existing syndicate of international, regional and local banks, with several institutions also offering to increase their commitments as well as accepting the lower pricing. However, no new commitments needed to be allocated. Citibank, N.A., London Branch acted as sole co-ordinator and bookrunner for the Company in connection with this Transaction. DDF's goal is to increase sales this year to $1.8bn to grow sales to $3bn within five years.

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