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Etisalat raises $1.2 billion in bond sale


Last updated on May 9, 2021 at 06.04 pm
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Etisalat Group announced on Sunday the completion of a bond issuance worth one billion euros ($1.2 billion) to refinance the maturing bond tranche it had issued in 2014 for the acquisition of a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom.

The telecoms operator issued bonds in two tranches, the first is a seven-year tranche amounting to 500 million euros with an annual yield of 0.4 per cent. The second tranche for a period of 12 years amounts to 500 million euros with a coupon rate of one per cent.

In a statement, Etisalat said its refinancing decision aims to diversify the company’s sources of funds and extending the repayment schedule of existing debt while taking benefit of improved cost of funding thereby maximising shareholders value.

“The bond issuance was very successful as it witnessed a remarkable demand from local and international investors with being six-times oversubscribed.”

This high demand reflects investors’ confidence in Etisalat Group’s performance, strong financial profile and credit ratings; Aa3 stable (Moody’s) and AA- Stable (S&P Global), one of the highest rating in the industry. This also highlights the growing confidence of international investors in the UAE economy, the telecoms operator said.

In 2020, Etisalat made an annual net profit after federal royalty of Dh9 billion, an increase of 3.8 per cent compared to the previous year, on revenues of Dh51.7 billion.

In the UAE, its subscriber base reached to 12.2 million, while the group’s aggregate subscribers reached 154 million, a year-on-year increase of 3.6 per cent.

— issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com

Issac John Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.