DUBAI – Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (“Daewoo E&C”), one of the largest and diversified global construction company, headquartered in Seoul, Korea and operating branches and subsidiaries in Asia, Africa and Middle East, has successfully completed a US$ 200 Million Dual Tranche (Conventional and Islamic) Syndicated Term Financing on March 21, 2021 (the “Facilities”).
Emirates NBD Capital Limited acted as the Sole Coordinator on the transaction.
Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (DIFC Branch), Ahli United Bank K.S.C.P, Emirates NBD Capital Limited (“EMCAP”), Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C), Singapore Branch and Warba Bank K.S.C.P. acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner (“MLABs”) on the transaction.
Additionally, Emirates NBD Capital Limited also acted as the Documentation Agent on the transaction and Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C) is the Global Agent, Conventional Facility Agent and the Investment (Islamic) Agent in relation to the Facilities.
The transaction was initially launched at US$ 115 Million. It received an overwhelming response from the market with significant oversubscription. Daewoo E&C chose to exercise the green-shoe option to upsize the Facilities to US$ 200 Million. The success of this transaction reiterates the strong regional and international investor confidence in Daewoo E&C and its growing global reputation stemming from its strong commercial competitiveness and extensive technical expertise; in 2020 despite the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Daewoo E&C continued to have a stable operation of all business sectors to prove its resilience and strength, securing its sustainable future.
The Facilities are structured as a three-year amortizing facilities comprising both Conventional and Islamic tranches and will be utilized towards general corporate purposes. While Daewoo has regularly tapped the syndicated loan markets in the past, this transaction represents another important milestone in the expansion of its growing investor base through a longer dated issuance and helped Daewoo to successfully tighten the pricing and to tap Islamic liquidity available in the region.