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Dubai Aerospace set to raise $400m syndicated loan, say sources

Dubai Aerospace set to raise $400m syndicated loan, say sources

DAE became one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors after acquiring Dublin-based AWAS last year

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a government-controlled company, is raising a $400m loan arranged by Ahli Bank of Kuwait, sources familiar with the matter said.

DAE has become one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors after acquiring Dublin-based AWAS last year. The acquisition tripled the Dubai aircraft leasing and maintenance company’s portfolio to about 400 aircraft worth more than $14bn.

The new loan, which is being syndicated to banks, includes a revolving credit facility and a working capital facility. It could be increased to $600mn, one of the sources said.

DAE could not immediately be reached for comment.

Chief Executive Firoz Tarapore told Reuters on October 16 that the company planned to issue sukuk, or Islamic bonds, by the middle of 2018, as part of a strategy to diversify funding.

The company issued $2.3bn in senior bonds split across three tranches last year, to partly finance the AWAS acquisition. The bonds included $500m of 4 per cent notes due in 2020, $800m of 4.5 per cent bonds due in 2022 and $1bn of 5 per cent bonds due in 2024.

DAE plans to change its capital structure to include a higher percentage of unsecured debt, Tarapore told Reuters in October, and plans to be a regular debt issuer in the US debt market.

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