Dubai World inks final debt restructuring pact

PTI Dubai | Updated on March 24, 2011

Dubai World has signed a final agreement with 80 creditors to restructure $24.9 billion in debt under a two-tranche debt repayment plan, marking the conclusion of approximately 12 months of negotiations, the company has said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the company said that its creditors will receive $4.4 billion over five years, while the second tranche will involve $10.3 billion over eight years at a fixed interest rate of 2.4 per cent. The amount includes debt held by banks, while the remaining debt is held by the Dubai Government.

“Dubai World today (Wednesday) signed a final agreement on restructuring all of its financial obligations with all its debtors, who number 80,” the company said in a statement carried by the UAE’s official news agency, Wam.

Dubai World won creditor support from all its creditors in November for the restructuring plan. In another statement, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, said that they were optimistic about Dubai World’s capability to overcome the repercussions of the global financial crisis and all its challenges.

Dubai World’s main lenders include Royal Bank of Scotland Group, HSBC Holdings, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD, who, according to Dubai World, have offered their full support to the restructuring plan.

Published on March 24, 2011

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