Emaar in $4B Borrowing Plan

DUBAI - Emaar Properties, the Arab world’s largest real estate developer by market value, set up a $4 billion borrowing programme but is unlikely to draw on the debt until market conditions improve.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Thu 22 Jan 2009, 1:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:30 AM

“The longer term perspective is to have a euro medium term note (EMTN) programme ready so that once the markets open up we can use it,” Chief Financial Officer Amit Jain told Reuters on Tuesday.

“The total programme is $4 billion,” Jain said. “The idea is only to issue $2 billion,” he said, adding the company had opted for both Islamic and conventional notes so it would be easier to access liquidity when it becomes available. The programme comes at a time when a global credit squeeze has virtually halted lending from international banks to regional banks as they ride out the turmoil spreading from US financial markets.

Defaults on US home loans and the ensuing credit squeeze have raised funding costs, prompting many Gulf Arab borrowers to delay bond sales as banks became more reluctant to lend. Emaar sent a prospectus for a $2 billion EMTN programme by one of its units to the UK Listing Authority, the company said earlier on Tuesday in a regulatory statement. It also sent a prospectus for a $2 billion trust certificate programme, a second regulatory statement said.

The notes would be listed on the London Stock Exchange, with HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland acting as lead arrangers.

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