Limitless received a fifth extension on a $1.2bn loan as the real-estate developer controlled by state-owned Dubai World works on a restructuring plan, two bankers familiar with the plan said.The Islamic syndicated loan has been extended until Sept. 30 from July 31 without a change in the terms, the bankers said, declining to be identified because the information is private.
The time will allow Limitless to complete a debt restructuring deal with creditor banks, one of the bankers said.“Private discussions continue with our lenders,” Limitless said in an emailed response to questions today. The loan, originally maturing in March last year, got two three- month, one six-month and one four-month extensions.
Limitless, whose projects include the mixed-use Downtown Jebel Ali development in Dubai and another mix-use development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, raised the loan in dollars and UAE dirhams in 2008 from a group of 18 banks, according to a company statement at that time. Emirates NBD and National Bank of Abu Dhabi helped raise the loan, while Royal Bank of Scotland Group were among the lenders.A spokesman for Emirates NBD, the UAE’s biggest bank by assets, declined to comment as did a spokeswoman for Royal Bank of Scotland. A spokesman for National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s second-biggest bank, couldn’t immediately be reached.Limitless is seeking to extend the tenor of the loan by four to five years and plans to pay no interest over that period, the bankers said. Interest on the loan will accrue and be repaid along with principal when the loan matures, they said.The developer has cash that it plans to use to fund property developments in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, one of the bankers said, without providing a specific amount. The lenders are seeking to use the funds to pay interest, the banker said.Limitless plans to restart work on four office and residential buildings in the Galleries development next year, Bahaa Abouhatab, head of projects for Limitless said in an interview on June 16. The work will complete the eight-building development, adding more than 600 apartments and one million sq ft of office space, he said.Dubai World, one of the emirate’s three main state-owned holding companies, reached an accord with creditors to alter terms on about $25bn of debt in March.
From / Arabian Business News