OSN secures $400 million syndicated financing facility

Updated 07 September 2015

OSN secures $400 million syndicated financing facility

OSN, the region’s major Pay-TV network, has secured a $400 million facility from a syndicate of 11 international and regional banks that was nearly two times oversubscribed.
The proceeds will be used primarily to strengthen OSN’s exclusive and premium content, particularly sport, as well as to develop innovative technology platforms that enhance viewer experience.
Leveraging the competitive market pricing, the unsecured five-year facility includes a term loan of $255 million and revolving credit facility of $ 145 million. The term loan is repayable on a quarterly basis in equal installments.
Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas and Mashreq Bank PSC — all three with longstanding relationships with OSN — have served as lead arrangers and book-runners, with National Bank of Kuwait, Citibank UAE, Commercial Bank of Dubai, First Gulf Bank PJSC, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd., Societe Generale, JP Morgan Chase Bank and Credit Suisse AG completing the syndicate.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “The highly successful closing of the new syndicated financing facility is an acknowledgement of the financial strength and the banking community’s confidence in OSN’s business model. The level of oversubscription and participation of banks from the Gulf, Europe and North America, further confirm the trust in OSN’s strategy and performance.”
Rezwan Mirza, MD, head of corporate banking, Middle East Barclays, said: “The successful oversubscription of this facility and breadth of the participating financial institutions is testament to the international reach of OSN’s business model and strategic lens of its top management.”
John Iossifidis, group head of corporate and investment banking group at Mashreq, said: “There was significant demand for the transaction in the bank market. This reinforces OSN’s market position and acceptance of its robust financial profile by regional and international banks.”

Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019

Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.